Sherman County eNews #18


  1. Total Eclipse of the Supermoon, Jan. 20

  2. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

  3. Reprinted: An Illustrated History of Central Oregon Embracing Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler,  Crook.  Lake and Klamath Counties State of Oregon. 1905

  4. Many Genes Influence Addiction

  5. Employer-Provided Benefits by Industry, Region, and Firm Size in Oregon

  6. Setting the Path to Your Future

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

1. Total Eclipse of the Supermoon, Jan. 20

StarPurpleArtTOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUPERMOON: There’s a total eclipse this weekend–and it’s going to be super. On Sunday evening, Jan. 20th, at 8:41 pm PST (11:41 pm EST) the shadow of our planet will engulf the full Moon, transforming the grey lunar disk into a coppery-red orb. Totality lasts for more than an hour. See

2. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

The Library is open SCHOOL Hours
8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday
10am-4pm Saturday.
REMINDER: if Sherman County School chooses 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 24 at 6pm.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

Crafts in Stacks Alcohol Ink Pendants – January 26 at 2pm
Come play with ink!
Alcohol ink is a unique medium. Vibrant colors move and blend to create beautiful shapes and shades. Have you always wanted to try alcohol inks? Now is your chance, everyone will make a pendant to use for a necklace or a key chain. We will also get to play with different types of papers and textures as we learn how inks react to different surfaces.
Ages firmly 12 and up

3. Reprinted: An Illustrated History of Central Oregon Embracing Wasco,  Sherman,  Gilliam,  Wheeler,  Crook,  Lake and Klamath Counties State of Oregon. 1905

An Illustrated History of Central Oregon Embracing Wasco Sherman Gilliam Wheeler Crook Lake and Klamath Counties State of Oregon. 1905, was reprinted in 2018 by Facsimile Publisher, Hardcover, New, $72.68. Online at

4. Many Genes Influence Addiction

“There are many ways that genes could cause one person to be more vulnerable to addiction than another. Just because you are prone to addiction doesn’t mean you’re going to become addicted. Itjust means you’ve got to be careful.” ~Dr. Glen Hanson

Scientists will never find just one single addiction gene. Like most other diseases, addiction vulnerability is a very complex trait. Many factors determine the likelihood that someone will become an addict, including both inherited and environmental factors.

Because addiction is a complex disease, finding addiction genes can be a tricky process. Multiple genes and environmental factors can add up to make an individual susceptible, or they may cancel each other out. Not every addict will carry the same gene, and not everyone who carries an addiction gene will exhibit the trait.

However, multiple lines of research show that addiction is influenced by genes.  For more information or resources contact the Sherman County Prevention Office at 541-565-5036.

Knowledge is Power.  When  we KNOW better we can DO better.  ~ Sherman County Prevention Coalition

5. Employer-Provided Benefits by Industry, Region, and Firm Size in Oregon

Three-fourths of private employers in Oregon offered one or more health, retirement, leave, pay, or other benefits to employees. Benefit offerings differed across industries, regions, and employer size classes in Oregon. These findings are based on a survey of more than 12,000 private employers conducted between June and August 2018, and published in the new report Employer-Provided Benefits: Offerings, Enrollment, and Rising Costs. 

Health Benefits. More than half (59%) of all private employers offered health benefits to employees. In the wholesale trade and information sectors, three-fourths of employers offered health benefits to full-time employees. Smaller shares of employers offered health benefits to part-time employees. Industries most likely to offer health benefits for part-time employees included employers in private education services (21%), health care and social assistance (18%), and professional and technical services (17%).

Employers providing health benefits reported an average monthly premium of $828 for individual plans, and an average of $1,291 for family medical insurance. Companies’ contributions averaged 88 percent of individual premiums, and 62 percent of family plan premiums. Almost three-fourths (73%) of employers with health benefits reported an increase in the total cost of their health plan over the past year. When asked how providing health benefits affected their business or workforce, two-thirds of employers with these offerings cited their high cost.

Retirement Offerings. Half of all private employers offered retirement benefits to full-time employees, while nearly one-fourth (23%) provided retirement benefits to part-time workers. Sectors with the largest share of employers extending health benefits included health care and social assistance, and professional and technical services. The most common retirement benefit offered by private employers was a defined contribution (401, 403, or 457) plan. Two out of three employers (68%) with these plans offered some type of contribution matching.

Many employers with retirement benefits (29%) reported little or no effect of their offerings on their business or workforce. Another 22 percent noted the positive recruitment and retention effects of their retirement benefits. One-fifth (21%) of employers with retirement benefits also cited the high cost.

Leave, Pay, Fringe, and Other Benefits. A variety of leave and pay options were among the most commonly offered benefits by employers for full-time workers. These included paid holidays (54%), annual pay raises (51%), and unpaid leave (50%). Unpaid leave and annual pay raises were also among the most broadly offered leave and pay benefits for part-time employees (36% for each). With the unemployment rate at or near a record low in Oregon for the past two years, many employers may be giving annual raises as another labor recruitment and retention strategy. 

Employer Size and Location. Across the board, a larger share of the biggest employers (50+ employees in Oregon) provided health, retirement, and the most common pay and leave benefits. Nine out of 10 large employers offered health benefits, compared with one-third (33%) of the smallest firms (with 2 to 9 employees). More than three-fourths (77%) of large employers offered retirement benefits, while one-fourth (25%) of small employers did. Meanwhile, the share of mid-sized employers (10 to 49 employees) generally reflected the benefit offerings for all size categories combined.

At least half of all companies in Portland and the Willamette Valley offered health, retirement, and each of the most common leave and pay benefits in June 2018. Following them, the areas with employers most likely to offer benefits included Central Oregon and Southern Oregon. The Bend metropolitan area falls within Central Oregon, and Southern Oregon consists of the Medford and Grants Pass metros. Wholly non-metropolitan areas – the Columbia Gorge and Basin, the Oregon Coast, and Eastern Oregon – had the fewest employers offering the most common benefits.

Additional Information.  More information about employer-provided benefits in Oregon – including interactive graphs, the full report, and a related podcast – can be found on the Benefits page at

6. Setting the Path to Your Future

Since the beginning of the year, we have encouraged you to examine the way you look at the world, and make some decisions about how you want to be. So, let’s continue the discussion with a little goal-setting to see us through uncertain times.

If you have decided that your locus of control comes from within you (and we hope you have), then you know you have the power to change your life. You do not need to be battered by the “storm” of bad news coming your way.

If you have decided that you want to believe the future is one of great possibilities, then you know you have given yourself the freedom to choose a path for yourself.

If you have decided that you would really prefer to be an optimist, then you are ready to take each situation as it comes, confident in the knowledge that life will improve, that setbacks are only temporary, and you want a happy, fulfilled life.

If you have chosen to take personal accountability, then you are ready to look the world in the eye and say, “These are my decisions and I stand by them. I am ready to take the consequences for my actions and decisions.”

So, what comes next? Figure out where you are, so that you understand Current Reality. Decide where you want to be, with a powerful Vision that includes Technicolor and 3-D, CGI visuals, as well as earthshaking SurroundSound. Give yourself an irresistible picture that draws you! Then start setting goals to get you to your Vision. Break down the path to your Vision into smaller pieces, goals that you can see without causing you to back off from your ultimate Goal. Focus on what you want, and shut out the distractions that cause you to lose your focus. If your purpose is just, achievement is within your grasp.

And one more piece: Keep your self-talk – that constant stream of conversation you have with yourself – positive and reinforcing. Your self-talk will keep the pictures you have of your future front and center in your mind. The great part about all of this is that it works not only for individuals, but for teams, departments, organizations, countries, and the entire world. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do Seeking, Sharing Info on Ancestry’s Oregon Genealogy Message Board

Iron Age Chariot Burial Site Found – Complete with Horse and Ride

Total Eclipse of the Supermoon, January 20 

Townhall: Factor or Fiction. Retired Border Agent Sets the Record Straight

Opinion: In Oregon, it’s government by and for unions