Sherman County eNews #59


  1. Sherman 4-H Club Meeting Notes: The Tiny Teaspoons

  2. Community Action Council Seeks Sherman County Representative

  3. Editorial. Local Government Process and Transparency

  4. March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

  5. Community Action Poverty Simulation, April 5

  6. Rep. Walden honored for supporting community-owned, locally controlled electric utilities

  7. Preserving America as Founded

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

1. Sherman 4-H Club Meeting Notes: The Tiny Teaspoons

4-H clover1The Tiny Teaspoons 4-H Club met on February 23rd at 3pm at the Cranston’s house. Attending were Madison, Savannah and Claire. Pledge of Allegiance led by Savannah, 4-H Pledge led by Madison. We baked bread today. We learned that the gluten is like bubble gum because it is stretchy and can be filled with CO2 like when yeast eats the sugar and burps out CO2 to make our bread fluffy. We ground dark northern spring wheat into flour to make Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat Bread. We also made pizza dough using All Purpose Flour. While we were waiting for the bread to bake, we made our own butter by using heavy cream, putting it in a jar and shaking it. Our next meeting will be March 16th.

Cindy Brown, Educator, Oregon State University, OSU Extension Service – Sherman County, College of Public Health & Human Sciences, 4-H Youth Development & SNAP-Ed, P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291,

2. Community Action Council Seeks Sherman County Representative

arrow.blueswishMid-Columbia Community Action Council is a non-profit organization that works with low-income families and we are looking for a person from Sherman County to serve on our Board of Directors. One of our Sherman County members had to resign from the Board due to too many meetings and conflicts. We would like to have someone from Sherman County who represents a group or organization, but does not have to. The Board meetings are held every other month in The Dalles and usually last about an hour and a half. Would you be interested in helping your community? Then contact Jim at MCCAC and he can fill you in on the details. 541-298-5131 or

3. Editorial. Local Government Process and Transparency

pencil.sharpLast week we came across a website for an intergovernmental organization, the Association of Oregon Counties. AOC posts board of directors’ meeting notices, agendas, meeting packets (support materials) and draft minutes for the previous meeting online chronologically, all together in one place. What a great idea for local government!

We believe this practice

  • provides transparent access to organizational governance;
  • provides information on which government decisions are based;
  • encourages timely preparation and presentation by staff and board;
  • boosts confidence in local leadership;
  • gives staff an efficient format for response to inquiries;
  • makes public records easily available;
  • answers questions before they become problems; and
  • builds trust or restores trust where trust has been lost.

We’ll see.

4. March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

For the 15th year, the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling dedicates March to help increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services.  This coincides with the National Problem Gambling Awareness Month whose campaign theme is “Awareness + Action.”

“Problem gambling directly affects approximately 2.6 percent of adult Oregonians yet it remains largely not talked about,” said Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Thomas Moore.  “It’s all about helping raise awareness of this addiction and the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling.”

National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a grassroots effort that brings together a wide range of stakeholders – public health organizations, advocacy groups and gambling operators – who work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist.

“Creating awareness of problem gambling and available resources is a statewide commitment that is reflected in the official proclamation that Oregon Lottery and the Oregon Health Authority worked with the Governor’s office to develop,” added Lottery’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Stacy Shaw, who is also an officer on the National Council on Problem Gambling board.

Last year, visits to the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website ( increased dramatically during March as result of all the focused marketing and outreach efforts.

“It’s inspiring that a grassroots campaign can have a measurable and meaningful statewide impact,” said Moore, “and we are working for even greater results in 2019.”

Shaw agreed. “This year we are focusing on letting people know that in Oregon treatment is really free, a message that’s important to people struggling with gambling issues,” she said.

Roger Nyquist, a member of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling as well as an Oregon Lottery retailer and county commissioner said awareness about treatment is key.

“I recognize the importance of an ongoing focus to ensure community awareness of the risks associated with gambling and the resources available for both prevention and treatment,” he said. “The impact of problem gambling extends beyond the gambler, affecting families, friends and communities.”

The Oregon Lottery’s commitment to problem gambling support is year-round. Since 1992, one percent of Oregon Lottery profits has funded problem gambling treatment and prevention efforts throughout Oregon. Since that time, nearly $100 million in Lottery funds has supported those services, with $6.2 million allocated in 2018 alone

Additionally, this year the Oregon Lottery became the only lottery in the United States that sells video lottery to earn the World Lottery Association’s highest level of certification in the field of responsible gaming. The Oregon Lottery joined a select group of only eight other lotteries in the U.S. having received that level of certification from the WLA.

To get help for a gambling problem for you or a loved one, call 1-877-MYLIMIT.  Treatment is free, confidential and it works. For more information about problem gambling, how to have the conversation or to chat with a specialist, go to Oregon Problem Gambling Resource at  

About the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling — The Oregon Council on Problem Gambling is the state affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling. Its purpose is to promote the health of Oregonians by supporting efforts to minimize gambling related harm. Board members include stakeholders from the gaming industry, the treatment and prevention field, the recovery community and state and county administrators.

5. Community Action Poverty Simulation, April 5

Community partners, with representation from many different local organizations, are teaming up to host a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS). 

The simulation, scheduled for April 5, 2019, from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Wahtonka Community School, is a learning tool created to help people understand the realities of poverty.

During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families. Example roles include; WIC recipients, senior citizens with limited income and other individuals with access and functional needs. The roles created for the simulation are not unlike many actual members of our community.

Simulation participants will have the difficult task of providing basic needs and shelter on a limited budget during four simulated “weeks” (15 minutes each). They will interact with participating human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, and police officers, to name a few.

It’s important to note that CAPS is not a game. It’s a simulation that enables participants to understand poverty from different points of view, and to recognize and discuss the potential for change within our community.

The planning committee is asking key leaders in public service, health care, and other organizations, to take part in the simulation to better understand the communities we serve, and potentially take part in making a systematic change.

We invite you to participate in, or to observe, this important Community Action Poverty Simulation. This is a chance to witness first-hand the very real challenges faced by community members on a daily basis.

Link to register for the simulation: Link also available at   For additional information, please email Ursula at or call 541-506-2623.  We look forward to seeing you there.  For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at or our Facebook Page at

6. Rep. Walden honored for supporting community-owned, locally controlled electric utilities

Washington D.C., February 27, 2019—Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) today received the American Public Power Association’s Public Service Award at the Association’s Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C.

During his tenure as chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Chairman Walden demonstrated a deep understanding of the value that public power utilities bring to their communities. A lifelong Oregonian, he understands firsthand how important hydropower has been to the Pacific Northwest’s economy and its citizens. Working with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington state, he has led the charge on hydropower licensing reform — moving legislation through the committee and House.

Walden has also helped to push back against proposals by numerous presidential administrations to sell the federally-owned Power Marketing Administrations. As chairman, he played a key role in addressing other energy, environmental, and communications issues important to public power.

“We greatly appreciate Chairman Walden’s leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” said Association President & CEO Sue Kelly. “He truly understands the benefits of community ownership and local control and has been a champion of policies that help to preserve and advance public power.”

Rep. Walden represents Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, which has two public power utilities. They provide electricity to nearly 27,000 homes and businesses. ~

7. Preserving America as Founded

“I am asking you to choose greatness … We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls. And we must always keep faith in America’s destiny — that one nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise and the light and the glory among all the nations of the world!” — President Donald J. Trump, State of the Union Address, 2/5/19

“It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers.” — Ronald Reagan, “A Time for Choosing,” 1964

Rush Limbaugh, 2019: … “That is why, folks, for the last 25 years, the United States has been in a life-and-death struggle for its existence as we knew it. Battling for the nation is a fight I have joined; I love this country so much, and I have such high hopes for people who are not yet born. The truth is, America means everything to the world. It means everything to the survival of freedom and liberty and prosperity.

“American exceptionalism is often misdefined and misunderstood. Many have a knee-jerk reaction: “Oh, you think Americans are better than everybody else, huh? Well, screw you!” That’s not at all what it means. American exceptionalism is simply an acknowledgment that in a world of tyranny, a world of poverty, a world of bondage — America is the exception. Most people on earth since the beginning of time have not experienced anything close to the life of prosperity and opportunity that we as Americans take for granted.

“We’re the only country that has a charter enshrining the precept that the very essence of human beings is designed for a state of God-created freedom. And that charter, that Constitution, was written by brilliant people whose primary objective was to keep it that way — the preservation of individual liberty and prosperity and freedom, the pursuit of happiness — by limiting the role of government. The Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution, specifically lays out what government cannot do. The Constitution does not empower government over people. The Constitution reserves the premise of individual liberty and freedom for the people.

“Most people in the world have never gotten close to being able to live under such circumstances. In virtually all other countries in the world, the governments are the focus, and everything revolves around government. Now it’s true, we’re starting to trend that way. But I’m focusing on our founding. And this is exactly what’s so crucial to maintain. Since our founding is under attack, so is our existence as a free nation. And the only thing that saves us, the only thing that has saved us over generations, is a proper understanding of the Constitution.

“And it’s under assault. Stop and think about it. A mere piece of paper, and the reverence for it, is all that has stood in the way of this country becoming a tyranny.

“Every American elected official swears an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, a piece of paper. A piece of paper doesn’t have an army. The Constitution is an inanimate object. But it’s a piece of paper that for over 250 years has been respected, revered, and, for the most part, honored.

“The fact that we have survived this long is a miracle, given human nature and the ways of nations. These new leftists, who know nothing of our history, believe they’re smarter than our founders, who created the most prosperous and successful nation in human history. I want them to realize the truth: It’s such a God-given opportunity to be an American. It’s such a privilege, such a gift, to be nurtured, appreciated, revered, and maximized. It’s worth protecting. It’s worth fighting for.

Ronald Reagan closed his great speech, “A Time for Choosing,” with a tremendous challenge: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”

“We cannot fail. We must preserve and protect America as founded, the great, beautiful, best hope on earth.”

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

bird.owl.limbLegislature: March State Revenue Report

Deschutes River Alliance Videos

OSU Extension, Sherman County

Sherman County, Oregon

Sherman County, Oregon History Collection

Sherman County, Oregon Historical Museum

Portland Art Museum Exhibition: The Map is not the Territory

Climate Documentary: The Cross of the Moment
How Government Researchers Hijack Science for Political Purposes

Washington legislators remake hemp program



Sherman County eNews #58



  1. Notice. Sherman County Emergency Notification System

  2. Notice. Frontier Telenet Special Board of Directors Meeting, March 1

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Minutes Now Online, October-January

  4. Notice. Sherman County Court News, January 16

  5. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 2

  6. Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

  7. Oregonians invest more than $4.5 million in culture in 2018

1. Notice. Sherman County Emergency Notification System

If you would like to receive emergency notifications and you have not signed up for the EverBridge Notification System, Shawn Payne can help you do that.  Please call her at 541-565-3100. ~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

2. Notice. Frontier Telenet Special Board of Directors Meeting, March 1

Frontier Telenet’s minutes & agendas web page (click here) has been updated to include the agenda for a Meeting of the Board of Directors to be held on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 1:00pm PST.  Participants can attend in-person at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon or via teleconference (dial-in instructions are set out on the agenda). To access the agenda directly click the following link:  March 1, 2019 Frontier Board Meeting Notice and Agenda

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Minutes Now Online, October-January

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the October 17, 2018 Regular Session, November 6, 2018 Work Session, November 7, 2018 Regular Session, November 28, 2018 Work Session, November 29, 2018 Work Session, December 5, 2018 Regular Session, December 19, 2018 Regular Session, January 2, 2019 Regular Session, January 16, 2019 Regular Session, and January 30, 2019 Special Session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

~Kayla von Borstel, Sherman County Court Administrative Assistant

4. Notice. Sherman County Court News, January 16

ShermanCoLogoBy Kayla von Borstel 541-565-3416

Quarterly Reports, Supplemental Budget Hearing, and Executive Session were the main items on the agenda during the January 16th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Jenine McDermid, Clerk, gave a quarterly report to the County Court. She reported there was a 75% voter turnout for the election. A Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA) Hearing will take place on February 21, 2019 for one appeal. The Sherman County Clerk’s website page has information linking to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, where rules and other research can be found. The City County Insurance (CIS) website, as well as the Sherman County Personnel manual, also contains information on ethics. Judge Dabulskis stated the Court has also been in contact with County Counsel regarding ethics training. McDermid stated the Special District Election would take place on May 21, 2019. 

Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), has continued working on the fiber agreements to keep the project moving forward. She has not received anything regarding the Intergovernmental Agreement, or City Agreements, from the City/Frontier TeleNet (FTN) Attorney. Commissioner McCoy reported that FTN approved use of dark fiber at their last meeting; Sherman County will hold off on any loan payment until the proper agreements were completed and received. MCEDD has continued to engage with the Lower John Day River Territory. Pipinich and Marla Harvey, MCEDD, have been working on the Grant Housing work session. Pipinich has been waiting for the United States Department of Agriculture to return from the government shutdown to move forward with paperwork, and clarification on reducing Bonding Authority for the Biggs Service District Water Project. Pipinich and Merrie von Borstel, Biggs Service District Administrator, will be meeting to discuss moving forward with a rate study; the second reading for the Biggs Water Ordinances will need to take place as well. Pipinich reported the meeting held for the Economic Opportunities Analysis went well, and the next meeting will be in February.

Wes Owens, Sherman County School District, thanked the Court for continued support and funds. Every year the District goes through the process of evaluating their missions, values, and goals for the year. Goals include the positive behavior support system, and K-12 reading program with a focus on elementary reading. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been helping make weather safety decisions with the School District. The District has been working with Mid-Columbia Center for Living and Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. to work with students with mental health and behavioral issues; Owens would like to have someone permanently on site and to be a School employee. Mike McArthur, public guest, gave an update on the District well situation. He reported he was trying to get a waiver of liability, or to have a bill drafted to waive liability for wells pre-1950.

Supplemental Budget Hearing opened at 10:00 a.m. Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, stated there were two funds that needed to be addressed. Both funds came in with more revenue than anticipated during the budget season. The Supplemental Budget Hearing would put these funds into place so we can use them. County Court approved the Summary of Proposed Budget Changes, for the Tri County Veterans in the amount of $160,148.00, and the SIP Income Tax Distribution in the amount of $123,412.00 as recommended by the Finance Director, and authorized County Court to sign. The Hearing closed at 10:03 a.m.

Bob Thomas, Wildlife Services, reported he has been working primarily with coyotes, bobcats, skunks, mountain lions, beavers, turkeys, raccoons, and porcupines. Thomas has signed up about 30 landowners/ranchers to provide services to which is an annual requirement. Court inquired if Thomas does any work for the School or the Cemeteries regarding gophers and other pests; he responded yes he advises and assists with gophers since maintenance has their pesticides license. Thomas does not have his pesticides license, and does not plan to get one, so he cannot legally take care of the gophers solely. In the past he’s also participated at Outdoor School, and hopes to continue with the program. Judge Dabulskis asked if signs needed to be put in place when traps are set. Thomas stated there was no rule on private or public lands needing to have signs, it is usually a curtesy, and many landowners do not want them; if a landowner requests signs, he will put them out.

Commissioner McCoy motioned, second by Judge Dabulskis, to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel at 10:47 a.m.; discussion was held on County Personnel; executive session was exited at 10:54 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved the Medical Examiner Services Agreement between Sherman County and the North Central Public Health District whereas Sherman County wishes to enter an agreement with North Central Public Health District for medical examiner services, as Sherman County does not have a County Medical Examiner, which is required by Oregon Law.
  • authorized the expenditure of $2,500 as a scholarship donation to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation 2019-2020 academic year, in support of Sherman County students attending Columbia Gorge Community College.
  • approved the purchase of 1 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) cabinet in the amount of $199, and Stop The Bleed Kits in the amount of $40.80 each, with the amount as recommended by the Safety Committee.
  • approved the revised Frontier TeleNet Loan agreement and promissory note between Sherman County and Frontier TeleNet in the amount of $100,000 at 0% interest, with repayment at the end of June 2019 with the funds coming out if the SIP Additional fees.
  • approved the final Winslow Solar Loan payment to Sherman County in the amount of $1,500, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • approved the expenditure of $ 2,284.40 for the replacement of two LED Bollard outside lights at the Senior Center and any additional incidental costs not covered.
  • approved minutes of November 7, 2018, as presented.
  • approved the minutes of November 28, 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of December 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of November 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Written Quarterly Reports, Sherman County Scholarship – Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation Recipient Thank You Letters, and Commissioner Reports.

5. Conversation is a Two-Way Street – Part 2

Building on yesterday’s “Conversation is a Two-Way Street,” parents of teenagers often complain that they can’t get their kids to communicate. Sometimes there are good reasons why.

Teenagers really want to be able to talk to their parents. In fact, in some cases, they’re dying because they can’t. A large number of teens who commit suicide are those who feel they can’t talk to either parent, and their feelings of loneliness, isolation and despair take over. (Take a moment and remember how the major issues of your life become much smaller and easier to manage when you can get them out in the open and talk about them.)

Parents, without realizing it, do things that stop their teen-aged children from confiding in them. What sorts of things? Well, they interrupt to give reprimands and lectures instead of just listening, giving support and saving the moral lesson for another time. Or, they discount what the teen is feeling by making it seem trivial or unimportant, especially when compared to the grown-up responsibilities parents must cope with.

If you catch yourself behaving in these ways when your teenagers try to talk with you, perhaps it’s time to stop and apologize, or at least clear the air. Your teenager will appreciate your efforts to change your behavior to gain a closer relationship, and he or she will give you another chance – maybe not on the spot, but soon. Be patient, there is history to get around here.

If your communications have broken down completely, a few visits to a good family therapist can help get you back on track. Few things in life are as important as your relationship with your children, whatever their ages. Why not make it as good as it can possibly be?

Time would seem to be a finite commodity, but investing some of it in the children around us pays dividends for a very long time. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has lost his battle with cancer. He passed away on Tuesday, February 26, at about 9:00pm. Richardson was at his home surrounded by family and friends. Below is the full statement from Deputy Secretary of State Leslie Cummings.

On Tuesday, February 26, at approximately 9:00pm, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s courageous battle with cancer came to a close. Dennis passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends.

From his service in Vietnam as a combat helicopter pilot to his 30-year legal career and 19 years in public service, this father of nine and grandfather of 31 found great joy in serving and taking care of others.

As Secretary of State, Dennis was fiercely dedicated to accomplishing the work the people of Oregon elected him to do. Upon taking the reins of this office in January 2017, Dennis’ visionary leadership built on the strengths of the 227 Secretary of State staff members. Together, Dennis and this dedicated team of public servants improved the program business practices of Audits, Elections, Archives, Corporations and Small Business, and the three Administrative Services Divisions of the agency. He also brought many professional and personal gifts and experience to this office. Dennis’ focus on transparency, accountability, and integrity coupled with his uncompromising work ethic inspired staff to “up their games” to move mountains.

If you spent time with Dennis, it wouldn’t be long before he shared with you his personal motto of “Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus,” which means: Having been given much, what will you give in return? This philosophy influenced every aspect of Dennis’ life and became the hallmark by which many knew him. His challenge to us in the Secretary of State’s office is to give our very best to each other and to Oregon each and every day.

Dennis leaves a legacy of always aiming high, expecting excellence, moving fast, and doing what is right for the people. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with such an incredible leader and wonderful friend. He will be greatly missed.

7. Oregonians invest more than $4.5 million in culture in 2018

Salem, Ore. – Once again generous Oregonians stepped up for culture in 2018, donating more than $4.5 million to the Oregon Cultural Trust. The funds will support fiscal year 2020 grants to cultural organizations across the state.

“Our donors are incredibly loyal,” said Cultural Trust Executive Director Brian Rogers. “Once they realize that the cultural tax credit really works, they tend to continue using it. As always, we look forward to investing their generosity in all of the great cultural activities happening across the state this year.”

“As the Oregon Legislature considers a bill to extend the sunset of the cultural tax credit,” said Cultural Trust Board Chair Chuck Sams, “we are proud that our citizens continue to demonstrate their commitment to working with us to strengthen our state’s famous quality of life.”

The $4.53 million fundraising total includes 8,821 donations and 1,352 new donors. It also includes $381,124 raised through a partnership with the Willamette Week Give!Guide.

More than half of the money raised will be distributed directly to Oregon’s cultural groups this summer; the remainder will grow the Cultural Trust permanent fund. Cultural Trust grants are distributed through five Statewide Cultural Partners – Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation – as well as to 45 county/tribal coalitions and directly to cultural nonprofits via Cultural Development Grants.

The 87 projects supported by Cultural Development Grants in FY2019 include:

  • The development of Astoria’s Scandinavian Heritage Park to honor the immigrant tradition that brought thousands of Scandinavians to Oregon’s North Coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s;
  • A remodel of Cottage Grove’s Cottage Theatre to increase seating, allowing 4,000 more patrons to experience performances each year;
  • Funding to support Portland Center Stage’s JAW 2019: A Playwrights Festival;
  • Restoration of the historic 1911 Belletable House southeast of Bend by the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society;
  • A half-time managing director for Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre in Medford, ensuring sustainability of community dance classes and performances; and
  • Support of the “Re-TURN the Jantzen Beach Carousel” project, including the restoration of an original pony to illustrate the value of preserving an historic icon.

For a full list of Cultural Trust grant projects, including links to Cultural County Coalitions and several hundred county projects they are funding this year, visit