Sherman County eNews #68


  1. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board, March 11


  3. Joecile Higley 1940-2019

  4. County-wide Cleanup May 4th

  5. Oregon Legislature 2019-21 Co-Chair Balanced Budget – A Multi-Biennial Plan

  6. Growth Without Guilt

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

“There is no part of the administration of government that requires extensive information and a thorough knowledge of the principles of political economy, so much as the business of taxation. The man who understands those principles best will be least likely to resort to oppressive expedients, or sacrifice any particular class of citizens to the procurement of revenue. It might be demonstrated that the most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

1. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board, March 11

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2019, that will include an executive session. The executive session will begin at 6:00 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) for the annual evaluation of the superintendent. The Regular Board Meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include: Executive Session for Evaluation of the Superintendent 6 p.m.; Regular Meeting 7 p.m.: Presentations & Recognition; Consent Agenda (Minutes, Financial Statement, Contract Renewals; Reports by Superintendent Wes Owens, K-12 Administrator Mike Somnis & Athletic Director Mike Somnis; Unfinished business: Restoring Instructional Time Due to Inclement Weather, QMHP Position Update, 2019-20 Draft Calendar; New Business: Approve Track Meet Exceeding 150 Miles One Way, New School Information System Platform; Audience Communications (Testimony related to non-agenda items.); Future agenda, closing comments; Next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on April 8, 2019.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 an election will be held in Sherman County, Oregon for the purpose of electing board members to fill the following positions and terms, including any vacancy which may exist on the boards of the following districts:

Position 3 – 4 Year Term
Position 5 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 4 – 4 Year Term

Zone 3 (Rufus & Wasco) – 4 Year Term
Zone 4 (Moro, Grass Valley & Kent) – 2 Year Term

Position 2 – 4 Year Term
Position 3 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 2 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 5 – 4 Year Term

Position 1 – 4 Year Term
Position 2 – 4 Year Term
Position 3 – 4 Year Term
Position 5 – 2 Year Term

This election will be conducted by mail. Each candidate for an office listed above must file a District Candidate Filing form (SEL 190) including a $10 filing fee, or file a District Candidate Filing form, Candidate Signature Sheet(s) Nonpartisan (SEL 121) with signatures of eligible Sherman County voters, and Petition Submission form (SEL 338) at the Sherman County Clerk’s Office no earlier than February 9, 2019 and no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 21, 2019. The Sherman County Courthouse is located at 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon. If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 541-565-3606.

3. Joecile Higley 1940-2019

flower.rose.starJoecile Higley passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2019, in Portland Ore., at the age of 78. Joecile June Blaylock was born June 11, 1940, to Boyce and Kathryn Blaylock at their home in Grass Valley, Ore. She joined two sisters Barbara and Jerrine and later a brother Orville. They were all raised in Grass Valley and related to just about everyone in the county in one way or another like the families of Blaylock, Belshe, Eakin and Higley.

Joecile went to Grass Valley grade school and graduated from Sherman High School in Moro, Ore. in 1958. She married her high school sweetheart Tom O. Higley on Aug. 30, 1959, and they moved to La Grande, Ore., where Tom finished his college education. They moved to Pendleton, Ore., and raised their two children, Shawn and Kimberly.

Joecile became a hairdresser and after Tom’s death she moved to The Dalles, Ore., and worked at Joan’s Beauty Salon for many years. She loved her job and enjoyed her many clients. Joecile was a long-time member of the Christian Science Church in The Dalles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; niece; and husband. She is survived by her daughter Kimberly Higley of Pendleton; son Shawn Higley (Leslie) of Portland, Ore., and their children, Austin, Alex and Gabby; sisters Barbara Paige (Jack) of Portland; Jerrine Belshe (Jim) of Wasco, Ore.; brother Orville Blaylock (Shirley) of Moro; and beloved nieces and nephews. At her request, no public funeral or service will be held and gifts may be made in her memory to Providence St. Vincent Hospice Services, Special Olympics or Oregon State Beaver Nation Football!

4. County-wide Cleanup May 4th

ShermanCoLogoPut it on your calendar! On May 4th, Sherman County residents are invited to bring one pick-up load of trash to the Solid Waste Transfer Station without paying a fee with some exceptions.

When:        Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where:       Sherman County Solid Waste Transfer Site located at 72526 Welk Road between Highway 206 and Biggs Junction.

How:          Upon arrival, wait for the attendant to direct you to the appropriate unloading site.

Limited:      One trip per vehicle.


No household hazardous or medical waste will be accepted.

No recycling.

Fees are required for:

Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners $32.63 each

Appliances $12.83

Tires without rims $11.81

Tires with rims $15.76

Furniture – $12.38


You may also bring:

  • YARD WASTE – Clean brush & trimmings under 6 inches in diameter
  • E-WASTE – Computer towers, laptops, monitors, televisions 

Please note:

Recycling will not be accepted on this day. Recycling will be accepted on any regular scheduled day:

2nd Friday and Saturday in Moro

3rd Friday and Saturday in Wasco

4th Friday and Saturday in Rufus

Weekly Monday and Tuesday in Grass Valley

~ Waste Connections/The Dalles Disposal

5. Oregon Legislature 2019-21 Co-Chair Balanced Budget – A Multi-Biennial Plan

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon continues to face a structural deficit for the 2019-21 biennium that is projected to worsen in the 2021-23 and 2023-25 biennia. No matter the cause, these deficits threaten vital services to vulnerable Oregonians, education funding, the Oregon Health Plan, and ensuring our workforce has the tools and supports they need to succeed. We cannot continue to provide the same level of service or meet future critical needs by staying on the same course we have been on for over a decade.

The formation of this budget was guided by the following three core principles:

  • Align spending with the desire to meet critical needs and provide long-term budget stability.
  • Prioritize K-12 education funding and the Oregon Health Plan. Evaluate all other expenditures based on their short-term and long-term outcomes.
  • Maintain a prudent level of resources to guard against program and service reductions in the event of economic downturns in future biennia.

We recognize there are needs that exceed available resources. We also recognize that the state must balance its budget and plan for the future using only the resources available to it.

Given these constraints, the following assumptions form the foundation for the state’s budget:

  • An approximate 5% General Fund reduction to balance the 2019-21 budget and help set the state on a path to sustainable budgets in future biennia. Program area reduction amounts vary depending on factors outlined in this framework.
  • Retaining 2% of General Fund expenditures as an ending balance, instead of the required 1%, to inoculate against future revenue declines or pay down the PERS unfunded liability.
  • The Oregon Health Plan will be funded without cuts to eligibility or benefits.
  • The State School Fund will be held harmless from cuts. In addition, $100 million will be added above the current service level (CSL). Supplemental funding for the State School Fund may become available from new revenues passed by the Joint Committee on Student Success.
  • Costs for tax credits, whether extended, expanded, or new, shall be covered within $40 million General Fund or via adjustments to other tax credits and policies.
  • The total amount of General Obligation Bonds issued will be reduced to lower the amount of debt service costs in future biennia, preserving General Fund for programmatic use.

The 2019-21 budget process will use CSL as the starting reference point for drafting agency budgets. The CSL is an estimate of how much it costs in the next biennium to continue the current level of services and programs. Subcommittees will evaluate various reductions and additions to each agency’s CSL based on the principles set forth in this document. The 2019-21 budget process is designed to develop a sustainable plan for state government, the public education system, and other governmental and non-profit partners within current law and resource estimates. The goal is a budget plan to spend resources wisely to meet the needs of all Oregonians.

There is still much work to be done and more information to consider, but the overall guiding principles listed throughout the framework will remain and represent a forward-thinking strategy to develop a balanced and sustainable budget.  ~ Co-Chair Balanced Budget.pdf

 6. Growth Without Guilt

Do you ever feel that the people who are closest to you are the ones who resist the most when you try to change for the better?

Sometimes, when we are committed to personal growth and change, family members and others who are close to us will do everything they can to try and get us to change back. Did you ever wonder why that might be? Well, for one thing, when people get used to their lives being a certain way, any change – even when it’s an improvement – can be threatening. And sometimes, people who are negative have a very hard time tolerating people who are positive. It’s the old “misery loves company” syndrome.

If you can convince your family to join you in your quest for personal growth, you will all have an easier time of it. You can support each other through the tough times and give each other encouragement and approval as you begin to see results.

If you have no choice but to go it alone, it can help to let the others in on it. Tell them what you’re trying to do and tell them, too, how the results will benefit them as well. Paint them a vivid picture of what the end-result will look like, and ask for their help. If you don’t get it, have patience. They may need to see for themselves that you really mean it and that you intend to stay close to them even though you’re changing.

Occasionally, people in our immediate families may force us to make the painful choice between developing ourselves as human beings and continuing our relationship with them. It is important that you know that you have the right to choose growth without guilt. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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