Sherman County eNews #41


  1. Participate in Times-Journal District Basketball Tournament Booster Ad

  2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District Board, Feb. 19

  3. Notice. SWCD & Watershed Council Meetings & Annual Meeting Cancelled

  4. Notice. Biggs Service District Public Hearing, Feb. 20

  5. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 20

  6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Seeks Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator

  7. Congressman Walden: Equal Access to Justice Act, Public Lands, Tax Payers, Legal Fees

  8. Letter to the Editor: Accountability & Credibility of News

1. Participate in Times-Journal District Basketball Tournament Booster Ad

sports-basket2ballWould you be interested in participating in a Times-Journal Booster Ad for the District Basketball Tournament? The cost would be $10. We are still figuring out which teams are going and conference games are still being played. However, Sherman boys are ranked #1 so we know they will be at district and it appears that Arlington boys will also go.

Contact The Times-Journal

Newspaper of record for Gilliam, Wheeler & Sherman counties

Ph. # 541-384-2421  Fax # 541-384-2411

The Times-Journal is published every Thursday. Deadline is every Monday by 5 PM with the exception of holiday weeks, then it’s the Friday before by 12 noon. Thank you for helping us meet our press deadline!

2. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District Board, Feb. 19

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors regular board meeting scheduled for 7:00 pm on Monday, February 11, 2019, has been canceled due to inclement weather. This meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 7:00 pm and will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

3. Notice. SWCD & Watershed Council Meetings & Annual Meeting Cancelled

The SWCD and Watershed Council regular meetings and Annual Meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Feb. 12, have been cancelled. The regular Board meeting has been rescheduled for Feb. 19th. Watershed Council meeting at 8am and SWCD at 8:30am. We will have a new Annual Meeting date next week.

Amanda Whitman, District Manager

Sherman County SWCD

541-565-3216 ext 109

4. Notice. Biggs Service District Public Hearing, Feb. 20

The Biggs Service District will hold a Public Hearing February 20, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039, for the final reading of  Ordinance 11-7-18, establishing regulation regarding connections, operations, and rates for water service for the Biggs Service District. Following the hearing, regular business items for Biggs Service District and/or the Biggs Service District Water System Project will be addressed.

5. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 20

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 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

Agenda topics as of February 11 are Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy List by Georgia Macnab, Planning; Sherman County Transit Quarterly Report by Marnene Benson-Wood; Regional Solutions Quarterly Report by Nate Stice; a public hearing on Rural Renewable Energy Designation at 10 a.m.; Coordinating Care Organization Boundary Change; Appointment of Janet Pinkerton to Senior Center Advisory Board; Commissioners’ Reports and Consent Agenda: Minutes of January 16 & 30, Revenue & Expenditure Summary for January 2019 and Treasurer’s Report, January 2019.

Approved minutes for the November 29, 2018 Work Session, December 5, 2018, December 19, 2018, and January 2, 2019 are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center Seeks Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator

ShermanCoLogoHELP WANTED:  Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center.  This is a permanent part-time salaried position, 30 hrs/week, 8 AM – 2:00 PM, Monday-Friday.  Primary responsibilities include preparing and serving meals in the Center and preparing home-delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels Program.

For application and complete job description, contact the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at 541-565-3191, or at PO Box 352, Moro, OR 97039, or Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019.  Successful applicant must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer.

7. Congressman Walden: Equal Access to Justice Act, Public Lands & Legal Fees

American flag2Across the West, lawsuits from special interest groups have held up needed fire prevention projects on our federal lands.  Meanwhile, we choke on smoke as our forests and watersheds go up in flames every summer. Groups often use the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) to get their legal fees reimbursed by the agency with taxpayer dollars. This program greatly needs reforming and this week, I supported legislation to make sure we know who and how much is being paid.

As I meet with people across our district I hear frustration about the use of EAJA and the impact it has on everything from forest management and reducing wildfires, to grazing and other uses of our public lands. Unfortunately, there is no accounting of how much money goes out through this program. In the past, I’ve asked agency officials involved in cases where the funds come from only to be told they don’t even know. We should know where your taxpayer funded payouts are going. The Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act (H.R. 752) would create a public, online database showing legal fees and expenses paid out under EAJA. I was glad to support this legislation when it recently passed the House

There is plenty more to do to reform EAJA. I’ve long supported things like capping legal fees, and stopping well-funded organizations from utilizing the program, and will continue to push for those. Gathering these data on what is being paid out, is an important step to accomplishing these other needed reforms. I look forward to the Senate taking up this important legislation that will help improve the management and reduce the threat of fire on our public lands.

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District

8. Letter to the Editor: Accountability & Credibility of News

pencil.sharpGood morning Sherry,

It is important to check the accountability and credibility of sources when posting news items, or things to think about. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but some are based on facts and science, and others are founded on a religious or political biases.

Unfortunately as a society we find ourselves in a predicament where we are dependent on fossil fuel. The evidence that our business as usual life styles are causing problems for our biosphere and affecting our climate in ways that could profoundly influence the future for human beings on this planet. There is a broad spectrum of ideas about what we should and can do about this predicament. On one end of the spectrum are those that claim it is already too late, and as a species we are already doomed, as well as most other species on the planet. Guy McPherson is probably one of the most outspoken scientists that adhere to this way of thinking, but there are many more.

Many of these scientists are fairly shy about their conclusions as they are compromised by their jobs etc. On the other end are those who think we can manipulate the atmosphere to remove the CO2 and other greenhouse gasses to get us out of this predicament. There is a lot of diverse thinking in between that believe we have time to change our behavior to mitigate the damage we have done. The many individuals that I have researched that accept human caused climate change to be a real and present danger come with extraordinary credentials as scientists with diverse disciplines of expertise.

Those who believe humans have no affect on our climate come in many colors as well. There are scientists who claim that we as a species are having no affect on climate change. Most of the scientists that are on the denier side are being funded by some right wing think tank or group that is being funded by individuals or corporations that have considerable investment and wealth in jeopardy if human caused climate change is real. Many of these manipulate the evidence and make claims with no peer reviewed scientific evidence to back up their claims. Many of these are just slick con men posing as authorities on the subject to many people that have no background in science and don’t put out the effort to check the credentials of the individuals or their claims. As serious as the consequences could be I think that it behooves us to do as much research as we possibly can on these matters and question everything.

There is an overwhelming amount of peer reviewed papers, studies and documents that provide evidence of anthropogenic climate change. As I see it the best hope that we have is that…We don’t know what we don’t know.

Fred Justesen