Sherman County eNews #57


  1. Notice. Lower John Day LAC & NRCS Working Group Meeting Cancelled

  2. Notice. Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting, March 1

  3. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 1

  4. Oregon Legislature: Senate Bill 608: Rent Control Passes House

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

  6. Walden Highlights Oregon impact of measles outbreak during Congressional hearing

1. Notice. Lower John Day LAC & NRCS Working Group Meeting Cancelled

The Lower John Day LAC and NRCS Local Working Group meetings scheduled for this Thursday, Feb. 28th at the Sherman County Extension Office have been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Both meetings will be rescheduled and posted soon. Please contact the SWCD office with any questions.

~ Amanda Whitman, District Manager, Sherman County SWCD

541-565-3216 ext 109

2. Notice. Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting, March 1

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee will be meeting on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 9:30 A.M., at the Senior Center in Moro.  The purpose of the meeting is to review current Grant Applications for 2019-21, review the Amended Committee Bylaws and signing if accepted, review the 2nd Quarterly STF ODOT Report for 2018-19 and the 1st Quarter 2018-19 HRTG Veteran’s Report & Funding Request for October 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.  These meetings are open to the public. 

The Sherman County Public Transportation Advisory Committee welcomes and thanks citizens for suggestions.  The participation allows the Transportation to better serve our community.  Members of the public wishing to comment can indicate such by raising a hand.  The chairman of the committee will then call upon anyone wishing to make suggestions or comments.

3. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 1

What should parents do if they want their teenagers to confide in them? Dr. Joyce Vedral, author of several books on the teenager-parent relationship, asked a large number of teens to answer this question, and here is what they said.

Generally, teenagers tend to feel comfortable talking with those parents with whom they can laugh and joke, parents whose understanding the teens know they can count on. When asked why they would choose one parent over another to confide in, they invariably say they choose the one who stays calm even when they, themselves, are emotional, and who never says things like, “That shouldn’t bother you.”

Here’s something else that’s critical. In our efforts to get our teenagers to talk to us, many of us neglect to talk to them – especially about how much we appreciate, love and admire them. Sometimes, we get so caught up in our efforts to keep our kids on the right track that we forget to tell them how great they are. That is a big mistake, but it’s one that can be fixed.

Nothing can be more encouraging and more conducive to building their self-esteem than you taking the time to express confidence that they have what it takes to make it in life. They may not tell you on the spot how much your approval matters to them, but believe that it does.

And dump the guilt, if you haven’t done these things so far. That was then, this is now. There is no time like the present to start! Be patient, as it may take a little time. There is a bit of history to get around. But, your kids will love you for it…even if they don’t come out and say so. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Oregon Legislature: Senate Bill 608: Rent Control Passes House

Oregon.Flat.poleSB 608 is on the way to the Governor for her signature. It would be the first such measure enacted statewide in the nation. Here is what it does:


BACKGROUND:  Landlords may legally evict tenants for a variety of reasons, including for nonpayment of rent and other violations of rental agreements. Oregon law also generally allows both landlords and tenants to terminate month-to-month tenancies without cause, with 30 days notice (although some localities, like Portland, have different notice requirements). Fixed-term tenancies can also be terminated without cause by either landlords or tenants at any time during the tenancy with 30 days notice prior to the end of the term, or with 60 days notice after the end of the term. Current law prohibits rent increases in the first year of a month-to-month tenancy and requires 90 days notice of same. There are no other restrictions on the number or amount of rent increases that may be imposed on a month-to-month tenancy.

Senate Bill 608 prohibits evictions without cause after the first year of occupancy and adds the following circumstances to the existing list of reasons that a landlord may evict: when the premises are sold to a buyer as a primary residence; when the premises will be occupied by the landlord or an immediate family member; or when the premises are being renovated, demolished, or removed from residential use. If a landlord uses one of the new reasons to evict, they must provide 90 days notice and one month’s rent to assist the tenant with relocation (except two-unit or less, owner-occupied properties, and landlords who own four or fewer dwelling units).

Senate Bill 608 also provides for fixed-term tenancies to automatically convert to month-to-month unless the parties agree to a new term or a tenant has received at least three written, contemporaneous warnings about violations in the preceding 12 months.

Finally, Senate Bill 608 limits rent increases to no more than seven percent plus the average change in the consumer price index, no more than once in any 12-month period, unless: the premises are considered new construction, the landlord is resetting rent for a new tenant after a compliant tenant vacated voluntarily, or the rent is subsidized.

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

bird.owlLegislative Revenue Office Report on Cap and Trade

Weight Mile v gas tax with Carbon Bill

Oregon Legislature. Joint Subcommittee On Public Safety Meeting Materials

Oregon State Bar Orientation Handbook and Public Meetings Law

TedEd. Ideas Worth Sharing: How to Spot a Liar

Watch Your Language: Everyone should Get a Nickname

Voyager I : 1977 – 2019 [ The Journey Continues ] 

Our Finite World. Low Oil Prices: An Indication of Major Problems Ahead?

Car Catalogs, New York Public Library 

Misguided wolf introductions wreaking havoc on wildlife populations and livestock

6. Walden Highlights Oregon impact of measles outbreak during Congressional hearing

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will highlight the Oregon impact of the current measles outbreak during a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. The hearing will focus on the reemergence of measles in Oregon and southwest Washington and response efforts.

“We are witnessing the reemergence of measles in Oregon and southwest Washington that has rightly alarmed people here and throughout the country,” said Walden. “This highly contagious, life-threatening virus is being transmitted among unvaccinated individuals in the region, and presents a serious public health threat in our communities. I look forward to learning more from public health officials on addressing the current outbreak in Oregon and Washington, efforts to prevent the disease’s spread, and strategies to support vaccination efforts and education.”

Since January 1, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 159 individual measles cases in 10 states. The majority of measles cases have occurred in Clark County, Washington, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, with 65 confirmed measles cases. Of those cases, 57 involved people who were not vaccinated against the disease, and 47 people infected were children between the ages of one and 10.