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.