Sherman County eNews #13


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, Jan. 17 & 18

  2. Sherman County Court Notes, Nov. 7

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

  4. Changing Perspective

  5. New Year, New Income Tax Withholding

  6. February Early Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update, Jan. 17 & 18

Revised athletic schedules reflect the following changes:

High School

There has been a slight time change for the Friday, January 18 JV game with Echo High School.  (Echo only has enough boys to play 1/2 JV game). The bus will leave at 2:30 instead of 2:00.

We have rescheduled the High School Boys Basketball games at Horizon Christian (that were cancelled due to inclement weather) to Wednesday, February 6th with JV at 6:00 pm and Varsity playing at 7:30 pm.

Junior High

Times have been adjusted for Junior High games scheduled with Horizon Christian on Thursday, January 17. The A Girls will now play at 4:30; B Boys will play at 5:30; and A Boys will play at 6:30.

~Jeanie Pehlke

Confidential Secretary
Sherman County School District
541.565.3500  |  541.565.3319 (Fax)

2. Sherman County Court Notes, Nov. 7

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel


– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on November 7, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Motion to waive the Mechanics Lien for the Rebecca Hoctor grant, and to approve funding for the Travis West grant in the amount of $17,396.62 and the Rebecca Hoctor grant for $9,394.26. Judge Thompson will approve payment after a final review.
  • Funding Fiber to the Home – Commissioner McCoy presented a spreadsheet detailing all parties cost share amounts, which also showed a funding gap of $42,530.64 to still be paid after the grant was received. Brief discussion on ways to pay the difference.
  • Motion to allocate $2,000 from the Housing Fund or the infrastructure Fund for the Grass Valley Housing Analysis.
  • Motion to approve Bruce Lumper as the Tri County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Steering Committee alternate.
  • Motion to approve with Legal Counsel approval, and authorized Judge Thompson to review and sign the final version of the Helion Software Contracts with Debbie Hayden and Ross Turney.
  • Motion to approve to pay both invoices for the Rural Technology Group Fairgrounds upgrade and the Rural Technology Group Kent repairs.
  • Motion to declare Monday December 24, 2018, and Monday December 31, 2018, as Courthouse Holidays.
  • Commissioner McCoy recommended to not hold a County Court meeting on November 21, 2018 due to the proximity of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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

The text of Gov. Kate Brown’s inaugural address

Stricter Gun Storage, “Do Not Sell” Lists, and Other Firearm Bills Oregon Lawmakers Will Consider This Session

At U.S.-Mexico border, a tribal nation fights wall that would divide them

Using a 110-foot silo as his canvas, Australian artist creates Iowa’s largest mural

4. Changing Perspective

Do you look at the future with anticipation and a belief that no matter what comes your way, you will succeed? Or, do you look at the future as hopeless, and there’s nothing that can be done to change it? What you believe has a lot to do with how well you weather the challenges in life.

Continuing on with our conversation thread from last week, let’s talk about how our beliefs affect what happens to us. A couple of things to keep in mind: 1) As human beings, we move toward and become like what we think about; and 2) Our present thoughts determine our future.

As human beings, we are goal-oriented. Also, we are picture-oriented. We think in pictures. If someone says, “purple polar bear,” you don’t see the words “purple” “polar” and “bear.” In your mind, you actually picture a purple polar bear. You see, we don’t see with our eyes. We pick up light with our eyes and then it is translated into images in our brains, depending upon how we’ve been conditioned to translate the light. Words create pictures, and we are drawn to those pictures.

So, if you believe the future is hopeless, you will be drawn to every hopeless, depressing, “it’s only going to get worse” story you can find – and you usually don’t need to look far. We are comfortable when we find evidence to prove what we believe is true, and we act in accordance with those beliefs. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy. “I knew it was going to be bad, and it is.” We are programming ourselves to perceive only the negative.

The same thing holds true if we believe the future is full of opportunity, and that we have the power to make it even better. We will see evidence of the possibilities, and be drawn to them, because that’s what we are thinking about. It is not surprising that people who look with positive intent are healthier, happier and generally more successful at life.

So, how do we make that switch in belief? It’s all about changing that internal picture we hold, and it isn’t going to happen by accident. By taking the different perspective, it is made, first, by our intent. ~The Pacific Institute

 5. New Year, New Income Tax Withholding

SALEM, Ore.—The Department of Revenue is encouraging taxpayers to start the new year with a paycheck checkup to ensure they’re withholding enough from their wages this year. Not withholding appropriately in 2019 could lead to an unexpected tax bill in 2020.

State and federal tax liabilities are different because tax rates and other items claimed on returns—such as deductions and credits—are different. In past years, these differences were minimal enough that Oregonians were able to use the federal Form W-4 to calculate their Oregon withholding appropriately. However, recent federal tax law changes, including how withholding allowances are calculated, mean that the federal form no longer consistently meets Oregon’s needs.

For tax year 2019, Oregon’s new Form OR-W-4 and online withholding calculator allow taxpayers to more accurately determine the appropriate amount to withhold for Oregon. Employers should provide the OR-W-4 to employees anytime they provide them with the federal W-4. Both the Form OR-W-4 and the calculator are available at the department’s website at

While everyone should check their withholding annually, some groups of taxpayers are more at risk for under-withholding than others, including taxpayers who:

  • Started a new job in 2018.
  • Updated their federal Form W-4 in 2018.
  • Previously claimed federal deductions that were impacted by federal tax law changes, such as the employee business expense deduction.
  • Live in a two-earner household.

Personal income taxes are the foundation of Oregon’s General Fund. The pay-as-you-earn system of personal income tax withholding is an established and consistent revenue stream that supports the public services Oregonians depend on.

Most employees have a portion of their wages withheld to cover their state and federal income tax liability for the year. Employees are responsible for determining the appropriate number of allowances to claim, which will dictate how much their employer withholds. The employer sends the amount withheld to the Department of Revenue, where it is credited to the employee. When the employee files their annual tax return, the amount of tax due shown on the return is reconciled against the record of withholding for the year. If there was too much withheld, it results in a refund. If there wasn’t enough withheld, the employee will need to pay the difference by April 15.

6. February Early Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits

As a result of the partial federal government shutdown, the U.S Department of Agriculture has asked states to provide early issuance of February benefits for those who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for food security.

The 615,405 Oregonians currently enrolled in SNAP will see their next monthly allocation by January 20th.

“We want to be clear that these are not additional funds that SNAP recipients are receiving, but an early issuance of February benefits,” stated Self-Sufficiency Director Kim Fredlund. “Those who typically see additional funds added to their EBT card the first week of each month will see their February money by January 20, rather than at the beginning of next month.”

A notification letter is being sent to current SNAP participants this week, and DHS is asking SNAP participants to carefully budget their food benefits through February.

DHS is awaiting further direction regarding benefit issuance for January recertification that is completed or processed after January 15. The early issuance will proceed, even if the federal government shutdown ends prior to January 20.

If people are concerned about running out of SNAP benefits, they can contact 211Info to seek local food resources. To find a local DHS office, go to and click on Office Locations.



Sherman County eNews #12


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Notice of Vacancy in Sherman County Commissioner Position

  3. Where will you be ten years from now if you keep on going the way you are going?

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

  5. Gorge Tech Alliance Event Will Highlight Local Innovators, Jan. 22

  6. Agriculture Scholarship Opportunity for Local High School Senior

  7. Reclaiming Control

1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is open SCHOOL Hours

8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday

10am-4pm Saturday.

REMINDER: if Sherman County School choses to delay or close due to inclement weather the Library will follow suit.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am

Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.


WEDNESDAY after school in the library.

Grades 6-12.

When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus

January’s Book Club– Thursday, January 24th, at 6:00pm.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

2. Notice of Vacancy in Sherman County Commissioner Position

A meeting facilitated by Sherman County Republican Chair Chris Moore will be held on January 21, 2019 at the Steve Burnet Extension building at 6 p.m.

All applicants for the position must be a registered Republican for 180 days prior to January 6, 2019 and a resident of the county for the period of one year prior to the date of the appointment.

Pursuant to ORS 236.217 the Sherman County Republican Central Committee will nominate no fewer than three nor more than five qualified persons to fill the vacancy.  The nominating convention shall be conducted according to party rules.

Those interested in running for this position should contact Sherman County Republican Chair Chris Moore. 541-565-3516 or

3. Where will you be ten years from now if you keep on going the way you are going?

Many people fail to realize that big success is the result of little successes achieved, often over a very long period of time. Truly successful people are long-term thinkers. They know that they must build upon each achievement and constantly learn new and better ways of doing things. A regular review of your progress is an essential part of goal-setting. A goal is little more than a wish unless it has a timetable for completion. Make sure your plan for your life includes short-, medium-, and long-term goals. Revise your goals as circumstances dictate, check them off when they are completed, and set new and bigger goals for yourself as you grow. And take time to reflect often to make sure you are on the right course — for you. ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

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

bird.owl.limbSherman County Stories by Sherman County People: For The Record

Nuclear 101 For the New Congress

Merriam-Webster: Jerry-built vs. Jury-rigged vs. Jerry-rigged

Liar, Liar Quiz

Wheat Foods Council & Newsletter

Where are you, Martin Luther King?

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! Two-faced Roman god opens the doors, and the year

5. Gorge Tech Alliance Event Will Highlight Local Innovators, Jan. 22

The Gorge is home to a large and often-unknown group of innovators changing the world. The Gorge Tech Alliance invites the community to celebrate Gorge innovators past, present and future at its event on January 22 to hear their stories and be inspired. Learn about the initial inspirations, the bumpy roads to success and the future from the presenters, including:

  • Seth Tibbots of Turtle Island Foods sharing the founding story behind the Tofurkey line of products;
  • Les Perkins of Farmers Irrigation District with their fish screen and small-scale hydro innovations;
  • Nate DeVol with initial concepts to take the Farmers Irrigation innovations to the main-stem of the Columbia River; and
  • Jack Perrin with the Gorge Makerspace Project Invent team sharing their work developing a joystick that would allow people with cerebral palsy, a spastic paralysis due to brain damage, to play online games.

“Minds all over the Gorge have created and are creating solutions and products that are changing the world,” says GTA Executive Director Jessica Metta. “While the GTA often shares the innovations from our tech industry, we were excited for this event to share the broader story of innovation happening in the Gorge.”  The event is Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for appetizers and networking, with the presentations starting around 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 cash/check at the door or can be bought in advance online. Students and educators are free but encouraged to RSVP. Details are found at

The Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) is the regional tech industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and STEM education. Contact Jessica Metta, Executive Director, at 541-296-2266, or learn more at

6. Agriculture Scholarship Opportunity for Local High School Senior

High school seniors, consider applying for a $500 scholarship offered by the Columbia Gorge Chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture.  Students must be/have been a resident of Hood River, Wasco, Sherman or Gilliam County a minimum of two years during their high school education.  Preference goes to a student (1) pursuing a major in agricultural studies (2) with a 3.0 GPA or higher (3) female.  Money is expected to be used for tuition and/or books.  Applications have been sent to area high schools, and are due to the local chapter no later than May 1, 2019.  For more information or a scholarship application, contact chapter President Cindy Brown at 541-565-3230 or email

7. Reclaiming Control

With national and international news being so much easier to access, we have all become aware that the last few years have been challenging for a lot of people around the world. Let’s spend some time talking about these challenges and what we can do, as individuals and communities.

One of the traps we, as human beings, can get caught in is looking at our social, economic and financial situations as happening “to” us. We see things from an external perspective, and believe we are powerless to do anything. If you can visualize a leaf traveling at the mercy of the wind, you get a pretty good picture of someone who sees life happening “to” them. This is an external “locus of control” and puts us in the mindset of a victim.

Now, what would happen if we changed our perspective to one of an internal locus of control? What if we asked ourselves the question, “What can I do ‘for’ me?” How does that change the way we look at ourselves and our abilities?

Well, for one thing, we take back control of our lives and our decisions. It’s like adding a rudder and a motor to that leaf blowing in the wind, as we plot our own course through the breeze. We give ourselves the power to determine the direction in which we travel through challenges. We are only victims if we allow ourselves to be victims.

There is a tendency, these days, to think of ourselves as victims. But keep in mind that economic, social and political headlines are meant to sell papers and magazines to keep advertising dollars. Televised media is not just reporting the news, but sometimes making the news in order to get ratings and advertising dollars. By looking a little deeper and listening a little closer, this becomes evident.

In these times, it is easy to fall prey to the “bad news” constantly being reported in the media. If we are wise, and we all have access to untapped wisdom stored in our minds, we will become skeptical listeners and readers, and take charge of our own decisions about our futures. ~The Pacific Institute