Sherman County eNews #29


  1. Notice. Sherman County Court, Feb. 4

  2. Notice. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee, Feb. 12

  3. Jack J. Beers 1952-2019

  4. Weather Dashboard Launched for Oregon

  5. Living Life to the Fullest

  6. Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Seeking Applications

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

“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821)

1. Notice. Sherman County Court, Feb. 4

ShermanCoLogoA quorum of the Sherman County Court will be present at the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) meeting to be held on Monday, February 4, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR 97029.

2. Notice. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee, Feb. 12

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 3:00PM. Meeting will be held at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon.  This meeting is open to the general public.

3. Jack J. Beers 1952-2019

flower.rose.starJack J. Beers, age 66, died on Sunday, January 27th, 2019, at his residence in Pendleton, Oregon. He was born June 8, 1952. He is survived by his loving wife Judy Beers and a son Jay T. Beers. Services are pending at this time. Burn’s Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. ~The East Oregonian

4. Weather Dashboard Launched for Oregon

rainumbrellaFor many, volatile weather conditions and media accessibility have made weather watching more important and entertaining than ever. Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management has created an online application called the Oregon Weather Dashboard to illustrate current and forecasted weather conditions, pulling information from the state’s four national Weather Service forecast offices.

The dashboard, developed by OEM GIS Program Coordinator Daniel Stoelb, pulls together in one easy-to-access site live Twitter information, high/low temperatures, wind speed, current weather watches and warnings, a 3-day precipitation forecast, flood gage forecasts, current snow depth, and wind conditions in Oregon.

“This new dashboard contains all relevant information for weather conditions here in Oregon,” said Stoelb. “It’s a great resource for the general public who can now see data related to weather conditions and forecasts in the same manner as emergency operations personnel.”

Stoelb’s goal in creating the dashboard was to get everything in one spot and allow users to toggle from one set of data or information to another. The dashboard uses Twitter feeds from four different National Weather Service forecast offices that cover Oregon.

The dashboard is in intended to inform the general public, says Stoelb, but can also be extremely helpful for emergency management community and other public-facing agencies.

The State of Oregon Weather Dashboard can be accessed via the OEM Website or by using the direct link:

5. Living Life to the Fullest

These first few weeks of January have been packed with news from around the world and the home front. Perhaps now, more than for many new years of the past, is a good time for us to look inward. Are we are living life in the best possible way? Perhaps it’s time to examine if there are things we’d like to change?

If you’re a regular receiver of this email, you probably know that we teach that it is up to each of us to create a life that works, that feels right, and that makes us happy. But how in the world can we tell if we are living our life to the fullest? There are some questions we can ask ourselves that will pretty much tell us what we need to know.

For example:

  • Am I doing what I love most of the time? All of us do some things we don’t much care for. However, if that’s all we do, we are in trouble.
  • Do I feel comfortable most of the time? Sure, everyone gets nervous sometimes, but the vast majority of our days shouldn’t be filled with anxiety or fear.
  • Am I willing and able to take risks?
  • Do I feel free to make mistakes without causing harsh criticism or catastrophe?
  • Do I cut myself enough slack to fail from time to time without beating myself up about it?
  • Do I feel optimistic about the future, and confident that my plans will come to fruition?
  • Do I feel that my life, as it is today, is one in which I can be my best self?

If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions, it’s important to realize that you’re not doing yourself, or anyone else, a favor by tolerating these conditions. Maybe it’s time to do more than consider making some changes. And like the saying goes, there is no time like the present. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program Seeking Applications for 2019 Century and Sesquicentennial Awards

wheel.wagon1Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 award year for the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program.  The application deadline is May 1, 2019.  Families throughout Oregon who have continuously farmed portions of their family acreage for the past 100 or 150 years are invited to apply.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land.  To qualify for a century or sesquicentennial award, interested families must follow a formal application process.

Members of the Application Review Committee review each application against the qualifications, which include continuous family operation of the farm or ranch; a gross income from farm use of not less than $1,000 per year for at least three years out of five prior to application; and family members must live on or actively manage the farm or ranch activities.

Application documentation may include photos, original deeds, personal stories, or other historic records.  These records help support Oregon’s agricultural history by providing valuable information about settlement patterns and statistics on livestock and crop cycles.  All documents are archived for public access.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch application and program guidelines are available at, or by contacting Andréa Kuenzi at 503-400-7884 or

Successful applicants receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgment by the Governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and a durable metal roadside sign to identify the family’s farm or ranch as having historic Century or Sesquicentennial status.  Each family will be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair on August 24, 2019.

Every Oregon farm and ranch has a unique history and special family story. The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch program encourages agriculture families to share these stories of century-long connections with a broader audience.  By promoting family stories, rich cultural heritage is passed down to future generations while educating Oregonians about the social and economic impact of Oregon agriculture.  To date, 1,212 families have formally received the Century designation and 41 families have received the Sesquicentennial Award.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is administered by the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education.  It is supported by a partnership between the Oregon Farm Bureau, the State Historic Preservation Office: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives Research Center, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and by generous donations of Oregonians.

For information about the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, contact Andréa Kuenzi Program Coordinator, at 503-400-7884 or

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeOregon Department of Administration, 2019 Legislative Session

No Time to Lose. How to Build a World Class Education System State by State. National Conference of State Legislatures.

State of Oregon Weather Dashboard

Oregon Marijuana Regulators Fail to Meet Even Basic Standards

How This Amateur Painting Became a Social Media Sensation

Global Research: Who is the real threat to world peace?

Travel agents charged with bringing pregnant Chinese women to give birth on U.S. soil