Sherman County eNews #64


  1. The Most-Below-Average Temperatures Anywhere on Earth are in the U.S. Right Now

  2. Frontier Telenet directors approved supplemental budget

  3. Learning to Take Control

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

  5. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, March 13

  6. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee, March 13

  7. Unit 20 Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, March 19

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

Tonight’s All-County Prayer Meeting is Cancelled.

You’ll probably read about Nixyaawii state 1A champs, Huskies finish _th; Days of Yore 10 Years Ago; Sherman County governmental legal notices/employment opportunities; and a very important Overview of Public Meetings Law in The Times-Journal.

1. The Most-Below-Average Temperatures Anywhere on Earth are in the U.S. Right Now 

snowflakesmallThe Weather Channel At a Glance

  • The U.S. is shivering through the most-below-average temperatures anywhere on Earth.
  • The core of the cold air is centered over the northern Rockies, Plains and Midwest.
  • Much of the rest of the globe is seeing above-average temperatures.

Read about it here:

2. Frontier Telenet directors approved supplemental budget 

By permission of The Times-Journal, March 7th:

Directors of Frontier Telenet met via a phone connection Friday last week, March 1, to do one thing – consider a resolution to adopt the entity’s 2018-2019 supplemental budget. Included in the ‘phone’ meeting were Frontier Telenet directors Judge Lynn Morley, Judge Elizabeth Farrar and Judge Joe Dabulskis, along with Frontier Telenet contract staff Jeanne Burch, Ryan LeBlanc of Day Wireless, Frontier Telenet attorney Jim Deason, Sheriff Gary Bettencourt, Gilliam County resident Les Ruark and Sherman County Commissioner Tom McCoy.

Judge Farrar clarified that the $200,000 being accounted for in the supplemental budget — $100,000 loans from Sherman and Wheeler counties – could be used only for the expenditure purposes designated in the supplemental budget document. Directors acknowledged that the loan funds in the document can be used only for designated expenditures — Electricity, $20,000; Bandwidth, $50,000; Lease Expenses, $25,000; Insurance, $5,000; Equipment Maintenance, $50,000; Motorola Warranty, $20,000; and Tower Maintenance, $30,000. The motion to approve the resolution adopting the supplemental budget was approved by a unanimous vote, and the six-minute meeting was adjourned.

3. Learning to Take Control

How much control do you believe you have over what happens to you in life? Today, let’s talk about how our feelings, about who is in control, affect our end-results.

Some people believe they have very little control over what happens to them. When good things occur, they believe it’s mostly a matter of luck or circumstance. They don’t set goals or plan very far ahead because they think that how things turn out is beyond their control.

Their tension and stress levels are generally very high, as you might expect, and they often feel overwhelmed, helpless and hopeless. Strangely enough, when bad things happen, instead of blaming circumstances or luck, they tend to blame themselves.

Now, the bad news is that how much control we believe we have over our lives is generally a direct result of the way we were treated when we were very young. The good news is that this condition, which has been called “learned helplessness” doesn’t have to be permanent.

You can learn to take charge of your life and look at things differently. The fact is, when your attitude changes, the results you get change, too. Yes, that is a fact, not just opinion. The research is there to back it up: Your attitude is learned and the results you get depend as much – or more – on your attitude, as your skills and abilities.

If you’re interested in putting an end to feeling like a victim, pick up Martin Seligman’s book “Learned Optimism” as a start or get involved in a reputable personal growth program. If you have children, how about Seligman’s book “The Optimistic Child” to benefit them? What are you waiting for? There is no time like the present to begin to take control of your life. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.limb40 Old-Fashioned Skills for Kids Today

Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

The Geography of Partisan Prejudice

The Weather Channel: The Most-Below-Average Temperatures Anywhere on Earth are in the U.S. Right Now.

Oregon Encyclopedia: Kalliah Tumulth (Indian Mary) (1854-1906)

Why Trump Must Veto the Federal Land Grab Bill

The Oregon Legislature Will Pay More Than $1 Million to Eight Victims of Sexual Harassment

Free eClips, Highlighting Oregon State Government in the News

The Lars Larson Show  

Free Oregon Watchdog: Free Top Political & Business News

Prager University. Short Videos. Big Ideas.

There Is a Border Crisis, Leftmedia Finally Admits

Fact Sheet: Our Country is Facing a Growing Emergency at the Border

Roll Call. Congress, Campaigns, The White House, Heard on the Hill, Policy, Opinion

The Patriot Post | PRO DEO ET LIBERTATE – 1776

5. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, March 13

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on March 13th 2019 at 1:00PM at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.)  Public is Welcome to Attend!

6. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Steering Committee, March 13

recycle.blwhThe Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 13th, 2019 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region.  Wasco County is the lead agency.  The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers. For more information:  Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

7. Unit 20 Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, March 19

Rescheduled from last month, Unit 20 Oregon Retired Educators will meet noon Tuesday, the 19th, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.  The program will feature “Trekking in Nepal” with Frank Wall.  Guests are welcome.

8. Oregon 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.

10: Oregon counties under a state of emergency declaration due to wintry weather as of Thursday.

36: Hours that 183 Amtrak passengers spent stranded on a train outside Eugene due to heavy snow and fallen trees, according to NPR.

608: Senate Bill signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday, making Oregon the first state in the country to impose a rent control policy.

$748.5 million: Amount Oregonians may receive in state “kicker” tax refund payments, according to The Oregonian.

69: Age of Dennis Richardson, Oregon’s Secretary of State, who died Tuesday night at his home in Central Point. A state funeral is planned for Wednesday, March 6 at 2 p.m. in the Oregon House of Representatives, where Richardson served for 12 years.

85: Age of Norma Paulus, the first woman in Oregon to get elected to statewide office, serving as Secretary of State from 1977 to 1985. She also served in the state legislature and as superintendent of public instruction. Paulus died Thursday, according to The Oregonian.

5: Current and former inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution, the state’s women’s prison, who are suing the Oregon Department of Corrections, according to the Statesman-Journal. The plaintiffs allege they were sexually abused and assaulted at the facility by a nurse there, and claim the department ignored abuse and retaliated against inmates who reported it.

2003: Year Peter Courtney became president of the Oregon Senate. This week, two Democratic senators circulated a letter in support of Courtney, who has been under scrutiny for his handling of sexual harassment issues at the legislature and when he worked for Western Oregon University, according to Willamette Week.

1: Llamas spotted riding the Portland Max this weekend, according to The Oregonian.

0: Llamas allowed on the Max, according to TriMet.



Sherman County eNews #63


  1. Links to Sherman County School Spring Athletic Schedules

  2. Opportunity to Volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society, March 10

  3. Sherman County School & Missoula Children’s Theatre Production, March 15-16

  4. City of Grass Valley Seeks Water Operator/Maintenance Employee

  5. CGCC Job Fair, Hiring Adjunct Instructors, March 16

  6. “St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s” Annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert, March 17

  7. Pesticide License Recertification Courses, March 21

  8. What Can You Do?

Some remarkable people are making significant things happen in Sherman County!

1. Links to Sherman County School Spring Athletic Schedule 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolHigh School Track and Field

Middle School Track and Field

School Schedules: The school website includes athletic schedules as they evolve — spring sports are coming soon…

2. Opportunity to Volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society, March 10

Sunday, March 10th, the Sherman County Historical Society invites you to attend a volunteer recruitment gathering from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, Oregon. This non-profit organization is devoted to preserving and sharing local history and is currently looking for new volunteers! Come find out about opportunities to volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society. Everyone is welcome and appetizers are provided. Bring a friend to find out more about being a volunteer with the Sherman County Historical Society and Museum!

For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit the website:

3. Sherman County School & Missoula Children’s Theatre Production, March 15-16

theater.masksThe Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Peter & Wendy” is scheduled for the week of Monday, March 11th through Saturday March 16th in the cafeteria at Sherman County School.

The auditions will be held on Monday, March 11th at 3:30 in the cafeteria at SCS. There are roles for students in Kindergarten through 12th grades.  Approximately 50-64 local students will be cast to appear in the show with the MCT Tour Actor/Director. There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session.  There will be no buses to take them home after the audition or the rehearsals. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition.

This is a group audition – no advance preparation is necessary, but a smile J never hurts. Students should just be ready to come and have a good time!

Rehearsals will be conducted Monday – Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 for session 1 and 6:00 to 8:00 for session 2 at SCS in the cafeteria. Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition. Cast members scheduled for the full 4½ hours of rehearsal will be asked to bring a sack lunch, dinner or snack.

The performances will be held on Friday, March 15th at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 16th at 3:00 pm and will be presented at SCS.  The students in the cast will be called for dress rehearsal before the performance that day. All those cast must be available for all scheduled performances.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana.  This coming year more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, community, neighbors and teachers!

4. City of Grass Valley Seeks Water Operator/Maintenance Employee

The City of Grass Valley is seeking applicants to fill the position of: WATER OPERATOR/MAINTENANCE.  The successful applicant is responsible for maintaining and operation of the public water system according to the City Council and to all Oregon Health Division requirements. This part-time no-benefits position is also responsible for all maintenance on all city-owned properties and/or property in the care of the City. For a full job description, please contact City Hall. City of Grass Valley is an EOE; Salary is DOE. If interested in this position, please return a Letter of Interest, resumé and three references to City Administrator Whitney Cabral or Mayor Pattee by March 15, 2019. Letters and information can be dropped off at City Hall, e-mailed to or mailed to: PO Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029. Position open until filled. Please contact City Hall with any questions at 541-333-2434.

5. CGCC Job Fair, Hiring Adjunct Instructors, March 16

Do you enjoy teaching?

If the answer is yes, please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 16, when Columbia Gorge Community College hosts a part-time faculty job fair on The Dalles campus. The job fair is from 10 a.m. to noon in Building 3. The campus is located at 400 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles.

CGCC is hiring adjunct instructors for online, hybrid and face-to-face classes in The Dalles and Hood River. Potential disciplines include Mathematics, STEM fields, Art, Communications, Science, Health Occupations, Computer Science, Business, Social Sciences and other areas.

Job seekers will meet hiring leaders from across the College’s areas of study. Candidates are asked to bring resumés and transcripts. Light refreshments will be served and computers will be available to complete the required online application.  Interested applicants may also apply online, and request a virtual conference at

The job fair was originally scheduled in February but was postponed because of a snowstorm. For details on this month’s event, call CGCC Human Resources at (541) 506-6151, email or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

6. “St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s” Annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert, March 17

music-notes“St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s,” the 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day concert at St. Peter’s Landmark, takes place Sunday, Mar. 17, starting at 7 p.m.  Victor Johnson, the River City Dudes, and others will join Cascade Singers community choir, the ensemble, and “Almost-All-Irish-Almost-All-Brass Band” for Irish love songs, traditional favorites and sing-alongs.  Admission is a free-will offering to benefit St. Peter’s Landmark, located at 3rd and Lincoln Streets in The Dalles.

7. Pesticide License Recertification Courses, March 21

Columbia Gorge Community College and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers two pesticide license recertification courses on Thursday, March 21 at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles.

Worker Protection Standard meets from 8:00-12:00. Participants receive 4 core credits. Hazard Communication Aligned with GHS meets from 1:00-5:00. Participants receive 3 credits.  The workshops are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required by calling the college at 541.506.6011, or online at

8. What Can You Do?

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

Now, we are not talking about magic, because some things – such as how tall you are – simply cannot be changed. (OK, heels help, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.)

You know, there really isn’t much that you can’t alter if you want it badly enough – assuming you know how to go about it, and assuming that you take action as needed. “Wanting to, badly” is a great start, but it won’t get you anywhere by itself. Neither will writing a bunch of affirmations or visualizing, if that’s all you do. Writing about it in a journal is a fine thing, but writing is not action.

If you want to get started making changes in yourself, pick one thing to begin with. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s do-able. Then go after it with everything you’ve got. Visualize how you’ll feel and behave after the change is made. Write affirmations to support the visualization, and repeat them every day, over and over. Make an action plan with sub-goals, and daily and weekly tasks. Make yourself accountable to follow the plan and reward yourself every time you achieve a sub-goal.

Enlist help if you need it, and don’t worry about how long it takes. (Worry actually is negative goal-setting!) If you keep moving toward the end-result you want, and you keep tracking your progress, you’ll get there. Really! This same method works for teams, departments, even entire organizations.

There’s an extra, added bonus. When you see that you can do it, you will inspire others – and yourself – to do even more. ~The Pacific Institute