Sherman County eNews #325


  1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session Agenda Update, Dec. 19

  2. Flexible Spill Agreement Aims to Benefit Salmon & Hydropower

  3. Learning from the Attempt

  4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center January Meal Menu

Let there be Peace on Earth

And let it begin with me.

 Let there be Peace on Earth

The peace that was meant to be

With God as our Father

Brothers all are we.

Let me walk with my brother

In perfect harmony. 
Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now.

With every breath I take

Let this be my solemn vow;

To take each moment and

Live each moment

In peace eternally

Let there be peace on earth

and let it begin with me.

~ Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller, 1955

1. Notice. Sherman County Court Session Agenda Update, Dec. 19

The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 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.

The updated agenda posted at adds topics to the agenda: a financial software upgrade, surplus mobile home, lease of office space to Biggs Service District, and operating loan to Frontier TeleNet.

Agenda topics listed earlier include Katie Woodruff’s Victims’ Assistance Life Jacket Update; Sheriff Lohrey’s Quarterly Report; Georgia Macnab’s Planning Commission Energy Development Zone; John Day River Territory Annual Contribution; Golden Hills SIP Public Hearing.

2. Flexible Spill Agreement Aims to Benefit Salmon & Hydropower

State of Oregon – State of Washington – Nez Perce Tribe

Bonneville Power Administration – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Bureau of Reclamation

Federal, State and Tribal partners have come together to develop an agreement on a key component of operating federal dams in the Columbia River Basin. Parties to the agreement have aligned on a flexible spring spill operation premised on achieving improved salmon survival while also managing costs in hydropower generation. Key supporters of the agreement are jointly issuing this statement:

“Collaboration is key to this new approach to Columbia River system management. Working together, the region’s states, tribes, and federal agencies have developed an approach that demonstrates environmental stewardship and affordable sustainable energy are not mutually exclusive.”

The agreement Parties are the states of Oregon and Washington, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. In addition, the states of Idaho and Montana reviewed the agreement and are supportive of the flexible operation.

The agreement covers up to three years of fish passage spill operations at eight lower Columbia and Snake River dams.  During this time, the agreement avoids litigation while the co-lead agencies complete the Columbia River System Operations Environmental Impact Statement Records of Decision.

The agreement calls for flexible spill operations that meet three objectives: provide additional fish benefits by increasing spill; manage power system costs and preserve hydro system flexibility; and retain operational feasibility. Specifically, these operations involve increased spill during certain times of the day for fish migration and lesser amounts for the hours when hydropower production is needed most.

The parties have agreed to engage in a transparent and collaborative manner to implement this agreement. This agreement is an important step forward for the parties and the region. Rather than focusing on our differences, we are working together on our shared objectives of improving salmon passage and providing affordable hydropower for the region’s electricity consumers.

3. Learning from the Attempt

When you find yourself navigating your way through a crisis, what can you do to come out on the other side, stronger for the experience?

Every crisis involves risk. By definition, a crisis is fraught with danger, but also an opportunity for tremendous learning and growth. Crisis is a time of testing, but it’s also a time of renewal. Many people, when faced with a crisis or a challenge, tell themselves that they have failed and convince themselves that there’s no point in trying any longer.

For example, if a young woman tries to become a professional sculptor and fails, it doesn’t mean she’s a failure as a person or that her life is a failure. It simply means that, at this particular time in her life, her attempts at sculpting for a living are not working out. There are many other possible choices she can make, including continuing to practice her art, networking to participate in art shows, taking further classes and being open to opportunities in the future. She hasn’t failed, and she doesn’t have to give up her dream. But she does need to learn from this attempt and, perhaps, rethink her strategy.

Let’s say that an organization decides to try a new ad campaign for a product. Ad campaigns typically cost a fair amount, so there is a monetary risk involved in something new. Even with the best talent and intensions, the ad campaign doesn’t raise sales as expected. Is it a failure? Only if nothing was learned in the attempt, or if it caused the organization to shy away from ever doing any advertising, ever again.

Are there another ways to go about it? Does the artist need more education? Does the organization need more experience and exposure to the advertising world? Failure is only failure if you let it cause you to quit. If you choose to let it help you, it becomes information you can learn from.

It is in meeting each crisis with determination that we measure up to life and its challenges. In so doing, we develop tenacity and greater inner strength. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Sherman County Senior & Community Center January Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

January 2019

We serve lunch at 12:00 noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. $7.00 ~~ 60 Yrs. & Up $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  1 2 3 4
CLOSED Meatloaf w. Gravy Chicken Dijon Macaroni & Cheese
FOR NEW YEARS Baked Potatoes Rice Pilaf Salad Bar
DAY Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies & Dessert
7 8 9 10 11
Chicken Pesto Pasta Beef Burgundy/mushrooms Oven Fried Chicken Lasagna Beef Chili
Salad Bar Rotini Noodles Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Salad Bar Cornbread
Veggies & Dessert  Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
14 15 16 17 18
BBQ Meatballs Oriental Chicken Roast Pork Split Pea & Ham Soup Hot Turkey Sandwich
Rice Pilaf Rice Pilaf Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Homemade Rolls Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
21 22  23  24  25 
CLOSED Chicken & Noodles Chicken Fried Steak Pizza loaded w. Meat Cheeseburgers
FOR MARTIN LUTHER Muffins Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Salad Bar Potato Wedges
KING DAY Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
28 29 30 31  
Hamburger Gravy Spaghetti w. Meat Sauce Beef Stew Beef & Bean Burritos
over mashed potatoes Garlic Bread Biscuits Mexican Rice
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit

Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.