Sherman County eNews #11


  1. Public Notice. City of Moro Councilor Vacancy

  2. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 14

  3. Sherman County School District Public Participation in Board Meetings Policy

  4. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Jan. 16

  5. Notice. Lower John Day Working Group Meeting #23, Jan. 29

  6. Foundation of Intimacy

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


“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.” —John Adams (1756)

1. Public Notice. City of Moro Councilor Vacancy


The City of Moro announces a vacancy in the City Council created by the election of Councilor Perry Thurston (Position 4) to Mayor, effective January 01, 2019. Pursuant to the City of Moro Charter, Chapter VII, Section 33, hereby gives notice that the Moro City Council will fill said vacancy at the City Council meeting to be held on the following date:

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 at 7 P.M.

at the Moro City Hall

104 Main Street, Moro, Oregon

This term would run from appointment date, until January 1, 2021.

Persons serving on the City Council must have been a resident of Moro for the last 12 months. Persons serving on the City Council must be able to attend all council meetings (First Tuesday of each month, at 07:00 pm at City Hall, unless excused) and yearly budget meetings.  Anyone interested in the above position should send a letter of interest to:

City of Moro PO Box 231, Moro, OR 97039

By: Monday January 28, 2019.

This is an appointed position by the City Council. Letters of Interest will be accepted until January 28, 2019 at 02:00 p.m.


2. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, Jan. 14

Logo.Sherman High SchoolPublic Meeting Announcement

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County Public/School Library.

Here is the link to the agenda.


3. Sherman County School District Public Participation in Board Meetings Policy

newsletter2Public Participation in Board Meetings

All Board meetings, with the exception of executive sessions, will be open to the public. The Board invites district community members to attend Board meetings to become acquainted with the program and operation of the schools. Members of the public also are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions with the Board when appropriate.

It is the intent of the Board to ensure communications with individuals with disabilities are as effective as communications with others. Individuals with hearing, vision or speech impairments will be given an equal opportunity to participate in Board meetings. Primary consideration will be given to requests of qualified individuals with disabilities in selecting appropriate auxiliary aids and services.

Auxiliary aids and services for persons with disabilities will be available at no charge to the individual. All auxiliary aids and/or service requests must be made with appropriate advance notice. Should the Board demonstrate such requests would result in a fundamental alteration in the service, program or activity or in undue financial and administrative burdens, alternative, equally effective means of communication will be used.


During an open session of a Board meeting, members of the public are specifically invited to present concerns during the designated portion of the agenda. At the discretion of the Board chair, further public participation may be allowed.

Request for an Item on the Agenda

A member of the public may request the superintendent place an item of concern on the agenda of a regular Board meeting. This request should be made in writing and presented to the superintendent for consideration at least five working days prior to the scheduled meeting.

Procedures for Public Participation in Meetings

The Board will establish procedures for public participation in open meetings. The purpose of these procedures will be to inform the public how to effectively participate in Board meetings for the best interests of the individual, the district and the patrons. The information will be easily accessible and available to all patrons attending a public Board meeting.

  1. Discussion or presentation concerning a published agenda item is limited to its designated place on the agenda, unless otherwise authorized by the Board chair.
  2. A visitor speaking during the meeting may introduce a topic not on the published agenda. The Board, at its discretion, may require that a proposal, inquiry or request be submitted in writing, and reserves the right to refer the matter to the administration for action or study.
  3. Any person who is invited by the Board chair to speak to the Board during a meeting should state his/her name and address and, if speaking for an organization, the name and identity of the organization. A spokesperson should be designated to represent a group with a common purpose.
  4. Statements by members of the public should be brief and concise. The Board chair may use discretion to establish a time limit on discussion or oral presentation by visitors.
  5. Questions asked by the public, when possible, will be answered immediately by the Board chair or referred to staff members for reply. Questions requiring investigation may, at the discretion of the Board chair, be referred to the superintendent for response at a later time.
  6. At the discretion of the Board chair, anyone wishing to speak before the Board, either as an individual or as a member of a group, on any agenda item or other topic, may do so by providing the Board secretary with a completed registration card prior to the Board meeting in order to allow the Board chair to provide adequate time for each agenda item. The Board chair should be alert to see that all visitors have been acknowledged and thanked for their presence and especially for any contributed comments on agenda issues. Similar courtesy should be extended to members of staff who have been in attendance. Their return for future meetings should be welcomed.


Petitions may be accepted at any Board meeting. No action will be taken in response to a petition before the next regular meeting. Petitions will be referred to the superintendent for consideration and recommendation.

Comments Regarding Staff Members

Speakers may offer objective criticism of school operations and programs. The Board will not hear comments regarding any individual district staff member. The Board chair will direct the visitor to the procedures in Board policy KL – Public Complaints for Board consideration of legitimate complaints involving a staff member. The association contract governing the employee’s rights will be followed. A commendation involving a staff member should be sent to the superintendent, who will forward it to the employee, his/her supervisor (if applicable) and the Board.


Legal Reference(s):

ORS 165.535 ORS 165.540 ORS 192.610 to -192.690 ORS 332.057

4. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Jan. 16

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on January 16th at 9:00am in the Commissioners Meeting Room at Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro Oregon 97039.

Agenda topics include Quarterly Reports by County Clerk Jenine McDermid, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District representative, Sherman County School Superintendent Wes Owens and Bob Thomas of Wildlife Services; Supplemental Budget Hearing at 10; written Senior Center, Veterans’ Officer, Prevention and Emergency Services Quarterly Reports; Action topics: Mid-Columbia Housing Authority, North Central Public Health District Medical Examiner Services Agreement and Sherman County Scholarship for Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation; Commissioner McCoy and Judge Dabulskis’ reports; and the consent agenda: Minutes of November 7, 2018, Revenue/Expenditure Summary-December 2018, and Treasurer’s Report, November 2018. The agenda and updates are posted online.

~Kayla von Borstel

Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant


Hours: M-TH 8am-430pm

5. Lower John Day Working Group Meeting #23, Jan. 29

Lower John Day Working Group Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
We will be meeting in the South Gilliam Emergency Services Building, 220 N. Main St. Condon, OR 97823
Lunch will be provided. Call in details are listed below.

We will be discussing the Step 3 budget, landowner and city government outreach, Step 2 report edits and adopting the final draft of the report, as well as planning the February meeting with a special focus on the Step 3 subcommittees. We will also be hearing from Chris Fitzsimmons (Gilliam) and Shawn Payne (Sherman) on their counties’ Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans.

Your participation is important and greatly appreciated! Don’t hesitate to give me a shout with any questions.

Call-In Info:
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
You can also dial in using your phone:
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 385-955-045
First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check:

~Hannah Fatland
Watershed Coordinator
Gilliam-East John Day Watershed Council
234 S. Main St
P.O. Box 106
Condon, OR 97823
Office: (541) 384-2672 ext. 111


6. Foundation of Intimacy

Are you in an intimate relationship? Would you like to be? If so, how do you define intimacy? In many cultures, the true meaning of intimacy has been distorted, equating it with sex. However, sex is not necessarily an essential component of intimacy. There is something else that is more vital, more foundational, and necessary.

One of the best definitions of intimacy is listening to another person’s disclosures and caring about their meaning to the other person’s growth. Intimacy is also caring enough to disclose yourself to others – making the effort and taking the risk involved in opening yourself up to another human being. A fundamental component of this is, of course, trust.

It is this mutual disclosure that enables us to share emotional closeness, and it is this mutual caring that provides a receptive climate for helping each other to make self-discoveries and to express our feelings and experiences in words.

If we help each other to understand our individual meanings and feelings in this way, we are helping each other to grow and to find new ways of action and interaction that will lead to even greater growth.

There is also an intimacy that does not require words. In this kind of intimacy, we do not pretend to know the contents of the other’s thoughts, yet we share compassion and affirmation through silence, companionship, and gentle, respectful touch.

Considering intimacy in this manner, let’s ask the questions again: Are you in an intimate relationship? Would you like to be? ~The Pacific Institute

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

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Nuclear 101: An Introduction to Nuclear Energy for the New Congress

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Representative Walden’s Work to Improve Oregon Forest Management

The $22 Billion Question: Understanding PERS

New Facilities at Cottonwood Canyon State Park Open to Rent

Oregon Family Farmer Magazine

What Ever Happened To Pendleton Grain Growers?

Baby Born to Orca Pod That Hunts Around the Mouth of Columbia River