Sherman County eNews #22

CONTENTS

  1. Notice. CORRECTION: Sherman County Court Special Session, Jan. 30

  2. Letter to the Editor: A Meat Cutting Business to Benefit the Region

  3. P.S. Friday Classifieds: Freezer or Refrigerator/Freezer for School Ag Classes

  4. Receive The Other Oregon Free Monthly e-Newsletter

  5. Look for Other Pebbles

  6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers


1.Notice. CORRECTION: Sherman County Court Special Session, Jan. 30

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold a Special Session at 10:00 a.m. on January 30, 2019, in the County Courthouse in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039 for the purpose of holding interviews for the appointment of the vacant Sherman County Commissioner position. Following the interviews, County Court will announce their decision, with swearing in of the newly appointed Commissioner at 2:30 p.m.

**Sherman County Court will NOT be holding Commissioner Interviews in Executive Session due to ORS 192.660 (2) (a) exemption 7 (a) which states Executive Session does not apply to the filling of a vacancy in an elective position.

~Kayla von Borstel, Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant

(541)-565-3416  |  Hours: M-TH 8am-430pm


2. Letter to the Editor: A Meat Cutting Business to Benefit the Region

pencil.sharpKory Kock is starting a meat cutting business at Grass Valley, Oregon. Although he has a ways to go to be ready for business, this is exciting. Not only will this be beneficial for Kory and his employees, but our community as well. Sherman, Wasco, Gilliam, and Klickitat Counties will hopefully jump in with full support for this new enterprise.

The North Central Livestock Association’s meeting on February 16, 2019, at 6:00 P.M. at The Riverside in Maupin is a great time to discuss this new endeavor. GO FOR IT KORY!!

Paul Sather

Kent


3. P.S. Friday Classifieds: Freezer or Refrigerator/Freezer for School Ag Classes

The Sherman County School Ag Department is looking for donation of a freezer or fridge/freezer. ? An upright is preferred due to limited space. It would mostly be used to preserve deceased livestock organs and systems for hands on learning in animal science classes. Contact Sherman County School District 541-565-3500.


4. Receive The Other Oregon Free Monthly e-Newsletter

The free monthly e-newsletter – The Other Oregon – will highlight news and information important to rural Oregon, and will preview some of the stories we are working on for the next issue of the magazine.

Go here: https://theotheroregon.com/subscribe/?utm_source=oci&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=too


5. Look for Other Pebbles

Some days it’s good for us to remember that one person cannot solve the challenges of the world. Solving challenges is the work for each one of us, working together to maximize the effect of our individual strengths.

If you want to, you can find problems in every part of the globe. Set your mind to find them, and it won’t take you long to fill a very large piece of paper, perhaps an entire notebook. You see, if you look for trouble, you will find it. However, the reverse is also true. If we look for areas of opportunity and solutions, we will find them as well.

Some folks look for opportunities to change the way things “are” by asking the question, “What would it look like if it was fixed?” Then they ask themselves, “What can I do to help?”

Lou Tice once noted, “When I was very young, I looked for ways to make ‘the big-time.’ How could I make the big splash and solve a problem, and I would wait to find the ‘big deal.’ It was more ego than anything else. As I matured – especially after I learned the information I teach – I learned that you can’t wait around for the big-splash opportunity. If you do, you will accomplish nothing.”

Each of us needs to look for solutions to the challenges around us, no matter how small. If we walk past the small things, we will never be in a position to make a bigger difference. We also deny the opportunity for the “ripple effect” to go to work. You know the ripple effect: drop a pebble in a pond and watch the ripples moving out from where you dropped the pebble. Eventually these ripples touch every part of the pond. Each of us has the potential to be that pebble, hopefully for the good of all.

So today, let’s start taking accountability for our little corners of the world. Be the pebble for positive change in what you see. And start looking for other pebbles with the same mindset and commitment to fixing the challenges around your corner. With enough pebbles, we’ll see a wave of positive change sweep around the globe. ~The Pacific Institute


6. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Beaver~Created: 24 January 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

78.7: Average rate at which Oregon students graduated on time in 2018, according to OPB.

76.7: Last year’s rate.

66.2: In 2008, according to Willamette Week.

$17: Amount by which the Oregon Marine Board has proposed increasing raft and kayak fees, according to the Statesman-Journal.

3 billion: Gallons of water Intel uses every year at its campus in Washington County, according to The Oregonian.

$150 million: Bonds Oregon will issue to help the chipmaker pay for a massive $600 million water treatment project at its campus in Hillsboro, according to The Oregonian. The project could reduce the company’s water use by one-third.

320,000: Oregonians whose food stamps could be at risk if the federal government shutdown extends beyond February, according to The Associated Press.

260: Kids with disabilities who reported being subjected to shorter school days than their peers in rural school districts between Sept. 2016 and Nov. 2018, according to The Oregonian. A class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of four kids against the state over the practice this week, alleging it violates civil rights laws.

90: Percent of bottles and cans that Oregonians are returning for recycling after the state doubled the rebate from 5 to 10 cents, according to The Associated Press.

23: Confirmed cases of measles in Clark County, Wash., across the river from Portland, according to USA Today. Officials there have declared a public health emergency.


 

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Sherman County eNews #21

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)  

eNEWS POLICIES:

CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. No posters or flyers. 

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. No posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

THANK YOU, Sherman County Community members, School District staff, and students for turning Sherman County Public/School Library’s Mitten Tree into a beautiful giving tree. Our school and community donated 13 hats, 26 pairs of gloves and mittens, 9 scarves, 3 pairs of socks, and 34 blankets to the Sherman County Food Bank. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated! A special thanks to Trent Harrison for picking up the Mitten Tree donations for us. ~Marylou Martin, Sherman County Public/School Library.

JOYFUL NEWS!

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Volunteer Smile“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

Possibilities. Opportunities. Volunteer! City Councilor. Nonprofit Board Member. Your local history stories. Museum Once-a-Month Hosts. Referees. 

SUPPORT FOR BRENNAH MILLER. Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.

  • Opportunities to support the Miller Family are located at local businesses in Grass Valley, Moro, Wasco and Rufus.
  • Brennah Miller Account, Bank of Eastern Oregon, P.O. Box 444, Moro, Oregon 97039.

EMPLOYMENT:

CLEANER. Needing cleaner on Sundays for 6 to 8 hrs. a week.  Cleaning is located out of Wasco. If interested, please call Joan.  360-999-8088  1/25 

SEASONAL HABITAT RESTORATION TECHNICIAN. Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area/Sherman County Weed District is currently seeking job applicants for full time employment as a seasonal habitat restoration technician. Technicians will be hired to work approximately 35 weeks beginning March 2019 through October 2019. Please contact Dan Son at dson@shermancounty.net for more information.  Thank You.  3/1

BUS DRIVERS. Help Mid-Columbia Bus Co. drive Condon and Sherman County students to success! | $13.30 an hour | 401 K | No CDL required to apply | Sign on bonus up to $350 | Flexible Schedule | Dental | Vision | Accident/Critical Care Insurance | Paid Training. Schedule your interview today and start making a difference tomorrow!!!  ~Amberlena Shaffer, Recruiter | Office: 541-567-0551 | Cell: 541-303-5093 | amberlena@midcobus.com 2/22

FUEL DELIVERY DRIVER. MCP is seeking applicants to join our team as a Petroleum Delivery Driver. This FT position is based in Moro. The role of the Delivery Drivers is to safely transport petroleum products and render outstanding customer service to our patrons. The deliveries will range from commercial/industrial accounts and home heating oil to bulk and packaged lubricants. Product knowledge is a plus. On Site training will be provided. Please contact Human Resources at 541-565-3737 for questions. 1/25

SERVICES:

LOCAL HANDYMAN’S SERVICES. Handyman, General Contractor & Equipment Operator. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 3/15

SHOP LOCALLY! SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/

THE TIMES-JOURNAL! The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | Fax 541-384-2411 timesjournal1886@gmail.com  $37.50/year; $47.50 for beyond the region. 1/25

NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION:

FOR SALE:

WRESTLING T-SHIRTS. Sherman county wrestling club is ordering t-shirts again! If you want a new shirt or just a Sherman county wrestling shirt, please get a hold of me and let me know the size. I plan to finalize the order and send it off on Friday 1/25. Shirts will be $20.00 each. Let me know how many and what size you want to order:
Jeremy Lanthorn Shermanwrestling@gmail.comJlanthorn@gmail.com  541-993-2446

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS. Considerately handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com | Facebook | 3/15

SHERMAN COUNTY CLASSIFIEDS, FACEBOOK   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1680690712181261/ 

SHOP LOCALLY! SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/

FOR RENT OR LEASE:  

FREE: 

LOST OR FOUND:

WANTED: 

FUEL DELIVERY DRIVER. MCP is seeking applicants to join our team as a Petroleum Delivery Driver. This FT position is based in Moro. The role of the Delivery Drivers is to safely transport petroleum products and render outstanding customer service to our patrons. The deliveries will range from commercial/industrial accounts and home heating oil to bulk and packaged lubricants. Product knowledge is a plus. On Site training will be provided. Please contact Human Resources at 541-565-3737 for questions. 1/25


3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar

https://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/scsd-event-calendar.html

constitution-wethepeopleJANUARY

25 Tri-County Court Meeting 10 Burch Building, Fossil (updated)

25 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 1 Burch Building, Fossil

26 19th Annual Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center 9-3

26 22nd Annual Robert Burns Supper 2 Condon

27-28 NW Ag Show, Portland

28 Juniper Optimization Project Demonstration 9-2 Fossil

29 Lower John Day Working Group 10-2 Condon

29 Sherman County School District Board Meeting 5 Library

30 Biggs Service District Board Meeting 9 Courthouse

30 Sherman County Court Special Meeting 10 Courthouse

31 Farm to School Regional Gathering (Gorge Grown Food Network) 4-6 Mosier Community School

clock.timefliesFEBRUARY

2 NW Nonprofit Leaders Annual Conference, Corvallis https://www.nonprofitsteward.org/conference/

2-4 Spokane Ag Show

4 Grass Valley City Council 7

5 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Rufus Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

8 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

12 LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

13 Rufus City Council 7

14 PNW Pollinators Conference, Corvallis

14 VALENTINE’S DAY

15 Frontier TeleNet TBA

15 Gathering of Regional Historical Organizations 5-7 St. Peter’s Landmark, The Dalles

15 North Central Livestock Association 6:30 The Riverside, Maupin

18 PRESIDENTS’ DAY

19 Wasco City Council 7

20 Sherman County Court 9

21 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9

22 WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY

23 OSU Small Farms Conference

25 SHERMAN COUNTY’S BIRTHDAY 1889-2019

28-March 2 Oregon Women for Ag Conference, Polk County


 

Sherman County eNews #20

CONTENTS

  1. Dear Mom and Dad: Cool It

  2. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 29

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Special & Executive Session, Jan. 30

  4. USDA Farm Service Agency Offices to Re-open, Jan. 24

  5. Beginning Genealogy Class at Discovery Center, Feb. 9

  6. Are You Doing What You Can to Prevent Cervical Cancer?

  7. Recipe for Strength and Resiliency

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


“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)


1. Dear Mom and Dad: Cool It

pen.markerBy Karissa Niehoff and Peter Weber

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Oregon, this message is primarily for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves yourson or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it.

Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Oregon has an alarming shortage of high school officials.

It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing.

Why? They don’t need your abuse.

Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of licensed high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled—especially at the freshman and junior varsity levels.

Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future.

If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become a licensed official at HighSchoolOfficials.com. Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Oregon are always welcome.

(Editor’s note: Karissa Niehoff is Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Peter Weber is Executive Director of the Oregon School Activities Association.) ~Posted by permission of OSAA.


2. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 29

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. Agenda topics will include:

  • UNFINISHED BUSINESS
    • Review and Consideration of Proposed Revisions to Board Policy BBB – Board Elections. Board Consideration of Change to Nomination Process for Candidates for Election to the Sherman County School District Board of Directors.
      • Review and Consideration of Advice from District Legal Counsel.
      • Review and Consideration of Timelines for 2019 Elections.
      • Review and Consideration of Proposed Resolution 2018-19 02.

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Special & Executive Session, Jan. 30

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold a Special Session at 10:00 a.m. on January 30, 2019, in the County Courthouse in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039. The Court will meet in Executive Session starting at 10:00 a.m., in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel for the purpose of holding interviews for the appointment of the vacant Sherman County Commissioner position. Following the Executive Session, the Court will announce their decision in public session, with the swearing in of the newly appointed Commissioner at 2:30 p.m.


4. USDA Farm Service Agency Offices to Re-open, Jan. 24 

USDA announced Tuesday that all Farm Service Agency offices across the country will reopen Jan. 24 to provide additional services during the remainder of the government shutdown.

About half of all FSA offices were reopened on Jan. 17 for three days to provide limited services related to existing loans and tax documents. Those offices will continue to do so through Jan. 23.

All FSA offices will be open Monday through Friday from Jan. 28 through Feb. 8. After that they will be open three days a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays if needed to provide additional services.

Producers should call their local office to make an appointment.

FSA will offer services related to the following:

  • Market Facilitation Program.
  • Marketing Assistance Loans.
  • Release of collateral warehouse receipts.
  • Direct and Guaranteed Farm Operating Loans, and Emergency Loans.
  • Service existing Conservation Reserve Program contracts.
  • Sugar Price Support Loans.
  • Dairy Margin Protection Program.
  • Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage.
  • Livestock Forage Disaster.
  • Emergency Assistance Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program.
  • Livestock Indemnity Program.
  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
  • Tree Assistance Program.
  • Remaining Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program payments for applications already processed.

5. Beginning Genealogy Class at Discovery Center, Feb. 9 

A beginning Genealogy class will be held on February 9, 2019, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center starting at 10:30 a. m. in the downstairs classroom.

The class will cover organization, where to start your research, genealogy forms, best beginning strategies and record importance.

The class will be presented by Georga Foster. The class is free and open to all ages. The public is welcome.  A $1.00 donation to cover room rental fee is appreciated.


6. Are You Doing What You Can to Prevent Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States and each year, more than 4,000 women die from it. All women are at risk for cervical cancer and the main cause of this cancer is the human papillomavirus (HPV). These facts are helpful in understanding the impact of cervical cancer but more can be done.

Women can reduce their risk for cervical cancer with regular screening tests starting at age 21. Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early:

  • The Pap test (or Pap smear) screens for abnormal cells that may develop into cancer.
  • The HPV test screens for the HPV virus that causes these cell changes.

When found and treated early, cervical cancer is curable. The HPV vaccine can prevent most cervical cancers caused by HPV. Talk to your doctor about the recommended screening tests and HPV vaccine. This is your chance to do more to prevent cervical cancer.

Learn about screening services through CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)


7. Recipe for Strength and Resiliency

An interesting topic of discussion came up the other day. A group of folks was talking about how some people perceive the economic ups and downs of late, and one of them said, “You know, the poor already know how to handle adversity. They deal with it every day. It is those who are suddenly hit with a job or property loss, those who have never had this happen to them before, who need the help.”

One of the most remarkable attributes of human beings is our ability to “come back” after a loss or failure. Like the words of the old song (written in 1936, during the Great Depression – and just as valid today): we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again. We can look at defeat as a new opportunity, a chance to grow and learn, and see the world as “new again.” However, if we aren’t challenged with defeat on occasion, we can forget how to be resilient.

So, the question becomes, “How do I get some of this resiliency?” Here are a couple of suggestions. Tonight, or when you have a few minutes to spare, write down 10 things that really went well in your life. It doesn’t matter when they happened in your life. After you have them written down, remember them, one by one. Feel how good it felt to succeed, to be a part of something truly wonderful. Go ahead and wrap yourself in those good feelings. As you do this, you are raising and reinforcing your self-esteem.

Next, take some time and write down 10 things that didn’t go so well. The point is not to tear down that additional self-esteem you just built. You want to remember how well you recovered. Yes, it was bad, maybe even awful, but you came out the other side, and you came out stronger and more confident. That’s building resiliency.

Teach this to your children, your parents, perhaps a friend or co-worker in need of a little assistance. And come to think of it, today would be a good day to start. ~The Pacific Institute


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

bird.owl.limb State bottle redemption rate reaches 90 percent

Tax Breaks: Oregon’s 2019-21 Tax Expenditure Report

Watch Your Words. Acronyms Easier to Remember

F/A-18 Cockpit View

Comparison of Health Benefits Offered to State Employees and Teachers

Map. Forest Ownership In The United States