Sherman County eNews #314


  1. Public Notice. City of Wasco Special Meeting, Dec. 5

  2. Letter to the Editor: Remember Salvation Army Services During the Fires

  3. Sherman County School Board Invites Public Comment, Dec. 10

  4. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Dec. 10 

  5. Use common sense when using GPS navigation

  6. Mindset for Happiness

  7. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

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

1. Public Notice. City of Wasco Special Meeting, Dec. 5

arrow.blueswishSpecial Meeting-Wasco City Hall-Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1:00PM.
In accordance with ORS 254.575 (1) & The City of Wasco Charter Chapter VI Section 24, there will be a public meeting to break the tie vote between Erik Glover and William Minter to determine the successful candidate for Wasco City Council Position.

2. Letter to the Editor: Remember Salvation Army Services During the Fires

pencil.sharpDuring this giving time of the year. I hope you all remember the generous giving of services and time that the local Salvation Army staff gave to the residents, firemen , EMS and other supporting services  to Sherman, Wasco and Hood  River counties during this past devastating fire season.  Contact the Salvation Army, 623 E 3rd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058.


Carol MacKenzie

Wasco, Oregon

3. Sherman County School Board Invites Public Comment, Dec. 10

Join US!

The Sherman County School District Board would like your input during a public comment session.

“Should the Sherman County School District consider rezoning board positions to five at large positions?” 

December 10, 2018

6:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

Public/School Library

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039

4. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Dec. 10 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018, that will include a public comment session.

During the public comment session at 6:30 p.m., the Board will receive public input from constituents regarding possible rezoning of board positions to five at-large positions. 

 The regular board meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. Agenda topics include the public comment session, recognition, consent agenda, reports, unfinished and new business, visitor comments. Next meeting will be January 14.

The agenda will be found here:

5. ODOT: Use common sense when using GPS navigation

When roads are closed and your GPS navigation system directs you onto a detour route, keep in mind that the device you count on for guidance could instead guide you into trouble. Most navigation tools don’t take current road or weather conditions into consideration. They may direct you onto remote roads that are neither maintained nor passable in all weather conditions.

Already this season someone had to be rescued after following their GPS navigation device off the main highway and onto a snow covered forest service road near Mount Hood. Fortunately, they received help and everyone was safe. This has not always been the case.

Navigation systems and similar smartphone apps are great tools, but travelers may need to verify the identified detour route is appropriate given current conditions and the vehicle they are driving. Here are a few tips to consider:

What you can do
• Be aware that the app on your phone or in your GPS device might not have the latest information – don’t follow it blindly!
• Use (available on your computer and on your phone) to get the latest on state road conditions, or call 511.
• Remember, in winter conditions (or in summer’s fire season), roads can be impassable, so USE COMMON SENSE.
• If you are not familiar with an area and current road conditions, stay on state roads and don’t attempt detours onto roads you don’t know.
• Alter your travel plans.  If you are not sure of the route and road conditions your GPS device directs you to, ask local folks for information and consult a map. It is better to stay the night in town rather than be stuck on a remote road in the middle of nowhere.

What we will do
• ODOT crews work continually to keep state highways safe, but during certain conditions, such as blowing snow and freezing temperatures, you may want to avoid travel altogether.
• ODOT will issue media flash alerts if roads are closed. These will be updated continually on

6. Mindset for Happiness

Ever a figure of interest and respect in the history of U.S. presidents, Abraham Lincoln seems to have been a keen observer of human behavior and a pragmatic viewer of the skills of others as he went about the business of keeping a nation together, before, during and after – however briefly – a wrenching civil war.

Lincoln also had a fine grasp of that most uncommon of senses – common sense. He once said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” One hundred and fifty-odd years later, cognitive researchers have scientifically proven that Lincoln was correct.

Now the word “cognitive” simply means having to do with thought or perception, and cognitive psychologists operate on the principle that it is your thoughts, not external events, that create your moods and the way you view your days, your work, your relationships – your life.

In other words, it’s not so much what happens to you, but rather how you respond to what happens to you that determines how you feel. And that’s a “mindset,” something we have the opportunity to create for ourselves.

You see, the good news is that you can learn to respond in ways that create success and happiness instead of failure and depression. You can learn to spot your negative thoughts and stop them in their tracks, and you can learn to substitute more useful thoughts in their place.

You see, you have already learned how to create your current moods and attitudes, so you can unlearn them as well. Millions of people around the world have done the same, and there is no special college degree required. The information is out there, but you must take accountability for seeking it out and using it – and for making the changes you need to make in order to grow.

As the saying goes, “There’s no time like the present.” Choose your mindset, and watch how your life changes, dependent on the mindset you choose. ~The Pacific Institute

7. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, December 5 @ the Wasco Methodist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. Thank You, Red Gibbs

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

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