Sherman County eNews #47


  1. Sherman County School is Closed, Feb. 15

  2. ODOT Traffic Alert:  Look out for dangerous driving conditions on I-84 in the Gorge

  3. Oregon Blue Book, Almanac & Fact Book to Launch New Online Version

  4. More on the Oregon Blue Book

  5. It’s All in Your Imagination

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

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

It’s been reported that Washington Fish and Wildlife may prohibit cattle from some department grazing lands to avoid conflicts with wolves, according to an internal review of grazing policies. Internal. Well, of course, this would be one way to get rid of cows — introduce and protect wolves and end grazing leases one at a time… inch by inch. ~Q.E. McGillicuddy

1. Sherman County School is Closed, Feb. 15

Superintendent Wes Owens notified students, parents, guardians, staff and constituents of today’s Sherman County School closure for today, February 15th due to icy conditions. The Sherman County Public/School Library is also closed.

2. ODOT Traffic Alert:  Look out for dangerous driving conditions on I-84 in the Gorge

snowflakesmallFeb. 14, 2019: Winter may throw dangerous driving conditions at I-84 in the Gorge in the days ahead so be aware of conditions and prepare

Travelers on Interstate 84 through the Columbia River Gorge should be ready for a wintery mix of weather over the next week and have supplies with them in case of major delays.

ODOT crews have been treating I-84 with deicer and salt both before and after a series of crashes on the icy, snow-packed road closed the westbound lanes from Tuesday night until Wednesday afternoon. The crashes delayed the arrival of the equipment that could clear the road, leading to a buildup of ice and snow.

The Gorge often sees hazardous weather. With more severe weather expected in the days ahead, travelers should avoid I-84 in the Gorge. If you go:

  • Check or call 5-1-1 for latest road and weather conditions.
  • Give yourself extra time and slow down and drive for conditions.
  • Carry chains and know how to use them.
  • Carry supplies for you and your passengers – blankets, food, water, and medications

Commercial vehicles are required to carry chains in snow zones under Oregon law and to put them in use when weather conditions require them for travel. Extra tire chain enforcement is in effect around the state where needed.

No matter where you travel in Oregon over the next few days, be prepared for storm conditions as we face flooding, freezing rain, snow and more throughout the state.

For 24/7 road conditions and traffic alerts visit or call 5-1-1.

3. Oregon Blue Book, Almanac & Fact Book to Launch New Online Version

Oregon.Flat.poleOn the eve of Oregon’s 160th birthday, the Oregon State Archives announced the new version of the online Oregon Blue Book at:

The Oregon Blue Book is the official state almanac and fact book…and a whole lot more. The theme of this new version is an exploration of Oregon’s colorful festivals and celebrations.

Four new features look at different aspects of that theme:

1) A slideshow Web exhibit includes dozens of photos and artwork from festivals around the state and through the decades:…/explo…/exhibits/festivals-home.aspx

2) An illustrated essay by State Archives volunteer and Pacific Northwest historian Kristine Deacon delves into how and why Oregon festivals got started and how they have evolved:…/…/facts/history/festivals.aspx

3) A large Web exhibit focuses on the history of the Oregon State Fair with lots of interesting stories and images:…/expl…/exhibits/state-fair/home.aspx

4) A Web exhibit of contest-winning essays and drawings by Oregon students about their favorite festivals:…/exhi…/essays-2019/introduction.aspx

This new Oregon Blue Book also includes five new additions to the Notable Oregonians Guide:…/Pages/explore-oregonians.aspx

There are lots of fun and games including Oregon Jeopardy with six separate Jeopardy challenges; 24 online Oregon jigsaw puzzles; trivia; quizzes; coloring books; and more, all focused on Oregon. You can find all of this in the “Fun for All” section:

Of course, all of this is in addition to the wealth of updated information about Oregon generally. This includes the popular almanac and detailed information about state and local government as well as related cultural and educational resources.

So, if you’re interested in Oregon, do yourself a favor and bookmark the Oregon Blue Book. Then dig in and discover more about this wonderful state.

The 2019-2020 print version of the Oregon Blue Book will be available in March and you can order a copy here:

4. More on the Oregon Blue Book

The Oregon Blue Book took its name from the original set of statues adopted by the Provisional government in 1843. It referred to a copy of the Iowa laws which were brought to the state by an early settler. The statutes were bound in a book with blue cover. These were the laws followed until the Provisional government was able to organize and adopt their own set of statutes. 

“In September of 1849, the new Territorial Legislature met for more lawmaking…The new territorial lawmakers had an eye for item and brains for threadwork, and commenced to stitch up loose ends. A lawyer named William Chapman urged the lawmakers to adopt the new Iowa Statutes. He had been a lawyer in Iowa and reported that the Iowa territory had passed a fresh set of laws in 1843. He then produced a copy of The Revised Statutes of Iowa of 1843. It was blue-colored, just like the 1839 Iowa Statutes, only it was thicker by a quarter of an inch, so it was called the Big Blue Book while the old Iowa stature book was called the Little Blue Book.

“The Oregon Territorial Legislature adopted the whole of the Big Blue Book in one vote.” ~~From Juggernaut, The Whitman Massacre Trial by Ronald B. Lansing

5. It’s All in Your Imagination

Are you using visualization to help ensure the results you want in the future? If you don’t, perhaps you could give it a try.

Here’s another question: How good is your imagination? Now, when asked that question, most people invariably say that they have an active imagination. If that’s true for you, too, then you should certainly be using visualization techniques to help you get the results you want in the future.

Why? Well, because if you do it right, it works. How do we know this? Here at The Pacific Institute, in all of our offices around the world, we see evidence of it every day. Do some research of your own. Log on to your favorite search engine and see what you come up with regarding visualization. You’ll find more than enough to keep you busy for quite a while, and almost all of it will point to the same thing.

The imagination is a powerful tool that, when used properly, can enhance the results you get. High-performance athletes know more about this than most of us. In fact, you might want to start your research with the May 1985 Psychology Today and an article called “Visualization by Athletes.” Thirty-plus years later and the information still holds true, as we have found in our work with athletes around the world.

What you will find may amaze you. You see, one thing that separates human beings from most other forms of life on this planet is the power of forethought. We can look forward and imagine, plan and goal-set, and “see” this imagined future as just as real as where we are standing today.

Just remember that visualization isn’t solely for athletes. It is for anyone who wants to improve performance, in any endeavor. Since we are one month and a bit into the New Year, most resolutions have already been broken, re-started and broken again. Now might be the best time to get your imagination into training, and put better pictures to those resolutions.

Visualization techniques are not difficult to learn. In fact, you already use them all the time. It’s simply a matter of bringing conscious control to the process. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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

  • 1859:Year Oregon became the country’s 33rd state, on Feb. 14.
  • 1973:Year Oregon became the first state to decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana, according to The Oregonian.
  • 1997:Year Oregon legislators named milk the official state beverage, according to KCBY.
  • $0:How much it costs to visit the Oregon Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Experience Oregon,” on Friday and through the weekend. The exhibit is a candid look at the state’s 160-year history and the region before statehood, according to The Oregonian.
  • 5:Number of times suffrage for women appeared on the ballot before Oregon voters approved it in 1912, according to U.S. News and World Report.
  • 2,678:Number of miles legislators traveled on their “Student Success” tour last year, according to an op-ed in The Oregonian by Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, and Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay.
  • 55:Number of schools and early learning sites they visited.
  • 89 million:Nights people camped at one of the 57 Oregon state campgrounds last year, according to The Statesman-Journal.
  • 181: Number of state parks, recreational sites and historical parks in Oregon.
  • 24:Percentage by which the number of overnight stays has grown in the past 10 years.

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

bird.owlOregon Blue Book, Almanac & Fact Book

Oregon Blue Book Fun & Games

Last Visit: A Personal Tour Of Wasco County, Oregon’s Iconic Nelson House

Museum: Ark Encounter

Temira’s Awesome Columbia Gorge Travel Advisory Service

Oregon Capital Chatter: Similarities between that Oregon legislation and President Donald Trump’s border wall

OSU releases winter malting barley Thunder

Scientists Warning

The Federalist: How To Improve Yourself By Reading Really Old Books