Sherman County eNews #5


  1. Surgeon General Advisory: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth Calling it an Epidemic

  2. Did you know? FACTS about TODAY’s Marijuana

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

  4. A Life in Balance

  5. Confirmed Case of Measles in individual who traveled to The Dalles & Hood River

  6. Senator Hansell Receives 2019 Committee Assignments

1. Surgeon General Advisory: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth Calling it an Epidemic

The Surgeon General has released an advisory stressing the importance of protecting children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction that could also be associated with other health risks. The recent surge in youth use of the rapidly evolving tobacco devices and products that are designed to deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other additives through an inhaled aerosol has resulted in growing concern through the nation.

To learn more click on the link below

~Hayli Sharp
North Central Public Health District

2. Did you know? FACTS about TODAY’s Marijuana

IT IS NOT THE SAME as even 5 Years ago.
— 1 in 6 teens who try marijuana become addicted.
— Marijuana – a powerful neurotransmitter – works on the same receptor system in the brain as heroin.
— Marijuana primes the brain to seek stronger drugs.
— Marijuana users are more likely than non-users to use heroin and abuse pharmaceutical opioids.

Marijuana and the Brain
You might hear teens (and even some parents) say that alcohol and marijuana aren’t ‘that bad’ or ‘OK in moderation.’ However, substances like alcohol and marijuana are especially dangerous for teen brains, which are still growing and developing until about age 25.
— Causes and exacerbates: Addiction, Depression, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Hallucinations – Psychotic breaks / Violent acts / Anxiety – Loss of memory, perception, motor skills – Mental degeneration.
— Causes irreversible IQ loss up to 8 points and higher likelihood of Amotivational Syndrome.
— 7x increase in suicide attempts among teen users.
— Big Marijuana’s goal – teen users today become lifetime consumers tomorrow.

Drugged Driving
— Driving tests show marijuana impairs reaction times, divided-attention tasks, lane-position variability (weaving), peripheral vision, cognitive function & coordination.
— 1 of every 8 traffic fatalities in Colorado are marijuana related (+32% increase).
— Marijuana driving deaths doubled in one year after legalization in Washington.
— For every 1 marijuana-user death, .7 innocents die (pedestrians, bicyclists, passengers, etc.)
— Combining marijuana with alcohol increases impairment up to 8 times.

For more information contact the Sherman County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Department 541-565-0536.

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

bird.owl.limbThe White Envelope for Christmas

Oregon Business: New Oregon Laws on Wages, Crime, Welfare Begin 1-1-19

Swan Lake hydro’s future awaits FERC decision

Swan Lake North Hydro LLC; Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Swan Lake North Pumped Storage Project and Intention To Hold Public Meeting

2019: The Year of Hemp

AP Investigation: Food aid stolen as Yemen starves

How to Download the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain

German and the Migrants

4. A Life in Balance

Today, let’s talk a little bit about goals and a balanced life.

There is a challenge when we focus on one goal at the expense of everything else. When we do this, because of the tremendous power of our minds, we shut out all other distractions – and some of those “distractions” become our spouses, our children, parents, friends, relaxation time, and other interests that get in the way of goal attainment.

There are many facets to each of us, and we want to look at the total of our lives, not just one area, when setting goals to maximize the potential that we all have. Focusing on work alone can alienate our loved ones. Focusing on physical health pulls our attention away from financial health. Focusing on our social lives can cause us to ignore our careers. In the end, what we lose may overshadow what we might have gained.

To truly be happy, it is important to understand all of the components of our lives, and give them a balanced sense of attention. Now, if you decide to devote all of your time in one area, that’s OK – just as long as you are willing to take the consequences of your decision. Like the example of the executive who set the personal goal of being a millionaire by the age of 40. He had accomplished that goal – and was divorced, had health problems and kids who didn’t talk to him anymore.

It seems to be traditional, at the time of a new year, to stop and take stock of who we are and where we are, and maybe where we want to go. It’s the opportunity to start over anew. Since we are already into the new year, why not spend a few moments, and take a good look at the different areas of your life. Decide just how satisfied you are with each. If one or two areas come up wanting, set a goal or two. Write them down in positive language. (It’s about what you want, not what you don’t want.) Write them so they create a picture that you are magnetically drawn to. Then, read, visualize and repeat.

Your goals are closer than you think. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Confirmed Case of Measles in individual who traveled to The Dalles & Hood River

On January 3, 2019, OHA received confirmation of a case of measles in a person who was infectious and spent time in The Dalles and Hood River between December 26 and December 31, 2018. At the time of this release, no additional cases of measles have been identified.

The individual was seen Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at a hospital in the Portland area, and measles was confirmed as the diagnosis on January 3, 2019. OHA and local public health agencies are actively monitoring the case.

“Measles is a highly contagious disease with the potential to cause significant health complications,” said North Central Public Health District’s Health Officer, Miriam McDonell, MD. “Fortunately, due to very high vaccination rates in Oregon, cases of measles are quite rare.”

OHA is working with local public health agencies to notify individuals of their potential exposure and to inform them of steps to take should they become ill, in order to prevent more cases.

This individual traveled to the region from out of the country and followed the recommended precautions to avoid exposing others, after developing a rash. Most measles cases in the US result from international travel; the disease is brought into the US by unvaccinated people who get infected in other countries.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that spreads easily to people who are not immune. It is spread through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. People with measles can spread the virus to others before they develop a rash. The virus can also linger in the air for minutes to hours after someone who is infectious has left.

Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles, and their risk is low. Risk may be higher for unvaccinated persons who were in these locations:

The Discovery Center The Dalles December 29, 2018 1:30-4:30 PM

Fred Meyer The Dalles December 31, 2018 5:00-6:00 PM

Doppio Café Hood River December 30, 2018 12:00-1:00 PM

Goodwill Hood River December 30, 2018 12:00-1:00 PM

Full Sail Brewery Hood River December 30, 2018 1:00-2:00 PM

“After being exposed to measles, it takes between 7 to 18 days for symptoms to develop. The typical rash appears approximately 2 weeks after exposure,” McDonell said.

Measles poses the highest risk to pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age and people with weakened immune systems. A person is considered immune to measles if ANY of the following apply:

  1. You were born before 1957.
  2. Your physician has diagnosed you with measles.
  3. A blood test proves that you are immune.
  4. You have been fully vaccinated against measles (two doses).

About measles

The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a red rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears.

Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection, and diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication. In developed countries, one or two out of every 1,000 children with measles will die from the disease.

After someone is exposed, illness usually develops in about two weeks, sometimes longer. Oregon public health officials are advising anyone who believes they have symptoms of measles to first call their health care provider or urgent care center by telephone to create an entry plan to avoid exposing others in waiting rooms.

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or their county health department. For more information on measles for the public, please visit the OHA measles webpage or call the public health departments in the following counties:

—-North Central Public Health District (Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam Counties) 541-506-2600

—-Hood River County Health Department 541-386-1115

6. Senator Hansell Receives 2019 Committee Assignments

Oregon.Flat.poleSALEM, Ore.— State Senator Bill Hansell R-Athena has received his committee assignments for the 2019 Legislative Session. He will be returning to the full budget writing Ways and Means Committee and to the Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development. He will also continue serving on the Senate Workforce Committee. In addition to his three previous committees, the Senator has been assigned to the Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government.

“These committee assignments present a great opportunity to help me represent my constituents in Salem. These assignments will allow me to continue my work to build a robust and stronger Eastern Oregon economy. I look forward to working with my colleagues to enact policies that will bolster rural Oregon’s economy,” said Hansell.

Senator Hansell was first elected to the Oregon Senate in 2012 and was re-elected to a second term in 2016. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served for 30 years as a Umatilla County Commissioner.

The 2019 Legislative Session is scheduled to begin in Salem on January 22nd.