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.