Sherman County eNews #24


  1. Subject: Important Reminder Regarding Measles

  2. Wasco & Sherman Wheat Growers Annual Winter Meeting, Feb. 4

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court, Feb. 6

  4. Critical Abilities

  5. Oregon Property Tax System Slide Show

  6. Get a larger tax refund with the Earned Income Tax Credit

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

1. Subject: Important Reminder Regarding Measles

arrow-rightAs of January 27, 2019, 34 confirmed cases and nine suspect cases have been identified in the Clark County measles outbreak.

There have been no new cases in Wasco or Hood River Co. The one case that visited our area in December is unrelated to the current outbreak in Washington State.

IMPORTANT Reminder Regarding Measles: Oregon public health officials urge people to avoid immediately going to a medical office if:

  1. They are not immune AND
  2. They have been exposed AND
  3. They have symptoms

Instead, call a health care provider or urgent care center by telephone to create an entry plan to avoid exposing others in waiting rooms.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears. The virus can also linger in the air for up to two hours after someone who is infectious has left.

Measles poses the highest risk to unvaccinated pregnant women, infants under 12 months of age, and people with weakened immune symptoms.

Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles and are protected. Anyone who has never been vaccinated is at higher risk of getting measles if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.

For a complete list of public exposures, please visit: 2019-oregon-exposures

2. Wasco & Sherman Wheat Growers Annual Winter Meeting, Feb. 4

Wasco & Sherman Wheat Growers

Annual Winter Meeting

February 4, 2019

5 p.m. Workshop & Dinner

Spooky’s Restaurant, The Dalles


County Presidents’ Reports

Wheat Industry & Legislative Updates: Blake Rowe

Insights from U.S. Wheat Travels: Darren Padget

Post-Fire Issues & Updates: Alan von Borstel

Door Prizes & Dinner

RSVP to 541-276-7330 or

3. Notice. Sherman County Court, Feb. 6

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

4. Critical Abilities

Our abilities, and our belief in our abilities, have tremendous power over our lives. Today, let’s talk about a few beliefs and abilities that each of you might want to develop to live a more productive, fulfilled life, allowing you to make a positive difference each day – wherever you are.

The three “Rs” – “reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic” – appear to have made their first English language appearance regarding basic education in the late 18th century. They were thought to be the foundation for skilled labor to have, and today, they are still critical skills to possess. But there are other abilities and beliefs that are equally critical if you are going to live a successful, contributive life:

You believe that you are a capable person, that you contribute in meaningful ways to your relationships and society, and that you have the power to influence what happens to you in your own life.

You have the ability to understand your own emotions and use that understanding to develop self-discipline and learn from your experiences.

You work well with others and develop friendships through communication, cooperation, negotiation, sharing, listening and empathizing,

You are able to respond to the limits and consequences of everyday life with accountability, adaptability, flexibility, and integrity.

Finally, you are able to use your wisdom, judgment and experience to evaluate situations according to appropriate values that you have chosen to live by.

What do you suppose the world would look like if our children came out of school with these abilities and beliefs, as well as the usual “three Rs?” How would they live their lives? How would they influence those around them? Imagine such a world! ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Property Tax System Slide Show

Oregon.Flat.poleSlide Show: Taxation history, comparisons, graphs, charts.


6. Get a larger tax refund with the Earned Income Tax Credit

Oregon.Flat.poleThe federal Earned Income Tax Credit distributed about $63 billion to 5 million eligible workers and families last year nationwide. The average amount of EITC received was about $2,488 and up to $6,269 if the person filing has qualifying children.

But, many Oregonians don’t know that they are eligible.

That’s why Friday, January 25, 2019 has been designated Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. This is a national effort to reach out to individuals and families with low incomes to increase awareness of the federal tax credit and local free tax preparation help. People are encouraged to visit IRS’ website today to learn more about the credit and eligibility requirements.

The Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Revenue are working with other state agencies and community partners to encourage taxpayers to learn more about this credit and find out if they’re eligible.

To be eligible, taxpayers must have earned income last year. The taxpayer and all individuals claimed on their federal return must have valid Social Security numbers (SSN). Other eligibility requirements for filers include:

  • They can’t use the “married filing separate” filing status.
  • Children they’re claiming on their return can’t be the qualifying child of another person.

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

man.stickynotesOregon Property Tax System Slide Show

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Commentary: Can the Republic Survive the Mainstream Media?

There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! Out with the old, in with new

Oregon Congressman: Regulate Marijuana Like Beer

U.S. Wheat, Six Classes of Wheat & Buyers