Sherman County eNews #92


  1. 3 Keys to the Economic Viability of Small Towns

  2. Matt Beers 1960-2019 & Jack Beers 1952-2019

  3. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, April 8

  4. Biggs Service District Public Hearing, April 17

  5. Catholic Church Mass Schedule Change

  6. Wasco School Events Center Community Dinner & Bingo, April 15

  7. ODOT: Take our short Real ID Awareness Survey

  8. On Your Own Terms

  9. Two state heritage commissions to meet April 25 in Medford

  10. Real net neutrality is bipartisan — Save the Internet Act is not

Know what’s below before you hoe. Be safe during April’s National Safe Digging Month and call 8-1-1 first to find any underground utilities that could endanger you!

Small towns succeed when everyone steps in to help their local businesses stay and thrive. ~Roger Zalneraitis, Economic Development Manager

1. 3 Keys to the Economic Viability of Small Towns

A sign in Denver International Airport says it all: “60-70 million people per year are moving to cities in the next three decades,” reads the advertisement from an investment management firm. The ad goes on to call this global-wide migration “the greatest population shift in history.”

How can rural small towns stay economically viable in the face of such dramatic changes? Here in the United States, rising disposable income and changes in how people work provide an opportunity to succeed. Begin by getting people to stop in your community, then turn to getting people to live in your community, before finishing by getting people to work in your community.

Getting people to stop in your town may seem easy to do. Each year tourists spend over $1 trillion in the United States. If you have a gas station, a hotel and a restaurant, you should be able to at least get an occasional late-night driver to spend money there.

However, that is accidental tourism. Intentional tourism means giving people a reason to come to your town. For instance, we named our daughter in part after Amelia Earhart. It was therefore no big deal for us to go a little out of our way last summer to show her the town (and spend money) where the pioneering aviator was born: Atchison, Kan. Other places, like Williamsport, Pa. (Little League Baseball) or Rapid City, S.D. (Mount Rushmore) know what makes their town unique and make it a centerpiece of their identity.

While not every town has the luck to have a tourist magnet like Mount Rushmore nearby, almost every community has something that makes it unique — a quirky museum, perhaps, or distinctive downtown architecture, or an important but nearly forgotten historical event in its past. Find out what that is for your town. Brand it, promote it, celebrate it. People who share your community’s values or interests will come to spend time — and money — in the place you call home.

Once you have discovered your town’s unique identity, some people will want to live there because of it. What will it take to keep them? Neighborhood quality is first on the list. Desirable and affordable housing is a cornerstone of a good neighborhood. Blight is an issue in many places, so developing plans to combat it, including removing vacated properties, is critical.

Right after housing, though, comes safety and schools… … Continue here:

2. Matt Beers 1960-2019 & Jack Beers 1952-2019

flower.rose.starThe Beers family lost two brothers within 15 days. There will be a celebration of life for both Jack and Matt on April 6, Saturday from 1-4pm at Pat and Lori Beers home.

Matt B. Beers December 12, 1960 – January 12, 2019
Matt Beers, Age 58 died Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Hillsboro, Oregon. He is survived by his husband Jeff Larsen; brothers Pat and Mike Beers, sister-in-laws Lori, Barbara, and Judy. Nieces Brittni Branco, Heidi Hill, Anna Burch; Nephews Trevor Beers, Jay T. Beers, Joe Beers, Brandon Beers, Justin Branco, Nick Hill; and 12 great nieces and nephews.

Jack J. Beers June 8, 1952 – January 27, 2019
Jack J. Beers (Jackie) age 66 died Sunday , January 27 at his residence in Pendleton. He is survived by his wife Judy Beers; son Jay T. Beers; daughter Anna Burch (Dallas); brothers Pat (Lori) Beers, Mike (Barbara); Brother-in-law Jeff Larsen ; 6 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews

3. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, April 8

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, April 8, 2019, that will include an executive session. The executive session will begin at 6:30 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) for the annual evaluation of the superintendent and ORS 192.660(2)(a) to consider the employment of a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent.. The Regular Board Meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Sherman County School/Public Library.

4. Notice. Biggs Service District Public Hearing, April 17

The Biggs Service District will hold a Public Hearing April 17, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro Oregon 97039, to adopt Resolution No. 4-17-19, a resolution of the Biggs Service District, authorizing the issuance of water revenue bonds for a total of not to exceed $2,100,000 and providing for publication of notice. Following the hearing, regular business items for Biggs Service District and/or the Biggs Service District Water System Project will be addressed if needed.

5. Catholic Church Mass Schedule Change

(Beginning this weekend, April 6-7)
St. Mary, Wasco, Sunday Mass 8am
St. John the Baptist, Grass Valley, Sunday Mass 10am
St. Alphonsus, Dufur, Saturday Vigil Mass 5:30pm

Easter Schedule:
*April 5, 630pm, Wasco – Lenten Penance Service
*April 11, 11am, Baker City – Chrism Mass
*April 14, 9am, Wasco – Palm Sunday Mass (one Mass only)
*April 18, Holy Thursday Mass, Wasco, 6pm

*April 20, Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, Dufur, 530pm
*April 21, Easter Sunday Mass, Wasco 8am, GV 10am
*Stations of the Cross, 6pm, GV Every Wednesday in Lent,
6pm Wasco, Every Friday in Lent

6. Wasco School Events Center Community Dinner & Bingo, April 15

The Wasco School Events Center will be having a Community Dinner & Bingo on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the Events Center. Doors will open at 5:30 and cost for the dinner is $5 per person or family of 5 or more is $20. Dinner will be followed by a few rounds of BINGO with cards available for $1.00 each. On the menu is French Dip Sandwiches, salad, tater tots and dessert. Proceeds will help fund the ongoing renovations of the building. Hope to see you there.

7. ODOT: Take our short Real ID Awareness Survey

There’s an important deadline approaching in 2020 that impacts all Oregonians who fly from commercial airports. It involves the federal Real ID Act. We’re going to be communicating widely about this but want to gauge awareness around the issue.

So please take our 30-second survey and then send this bulletin to all your friends who live in Oregon and SW Washington. We want as many to take it as possible to help us know the best way to communicate over the next year and a half or so.

You can also learn about the issue at this special website we set up just for traveler information as it relates to a deadline set by the Transportation Security Administration.

For more on the Oregon driver license and Real ID, see the DMV Frequently Asked Questions page.

Thank you!

Tom Fuller

Communications Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation

8. On Your Own Terms

If an A-List producer wanted to film the story of your life, would it be an Oscar-winning epic or a direct-to-on-demand cure for insomnia? OK, that’s a little harsh, but it does open up an interesting topic of discussion.

How well has your life been going so far? Have you been living your life to the fullest and making good use of your enormous potential? Or, have you been letting other people write your story for you, telling you what you can and cannot do, what your personality is like, and what is good enough for you?

You know, your life could be a glorious thing – the kind of story Hollywood producers would love to film or novelists would love to write about. Because the truth is that living an exciting, challenging, satisfying life is not something that is reserved for people who have a special something in their genetic makeup, who are especially smart or good looking, or who were raised by wealthy parents who gave them every advantage.

Whether or not to live a wonderful life is a choice all of us must make at some point. It is also a commitment to grow into that choice – to make yourself into a star or a hero, no matter where you are starting from, no matter how long it takes, and no matter what you need to learn to do it. We weren’t born to be bored with life. We were born with the ingredients to cook up an incredible life – we just need to put the recipe together.

By the way, being a star doesn’t necessarily mean being in a big-budget movie, and to be a hero you don’t have to have special powers in order to save the world. But you do need to have the courage and determination to discover your own special talents and gifts, and then persist in making the most of them. You can be a hero, on your own terms, in your own way. ~The Pacific Institute

9. Two state heritage commissions to meet April 25 in Medford

Oregon.Flat.poleTwo state heritage boards will meet April 25 in Medford during the Oregon Heritage Summit.

The Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Inn at the Commons in Medford: 200 North Riverside Ave. The Heritage Commission will meet in the Jackson-Douglas Fir Room and the Historic Cemeteries Commission will meet in the Cascade Room. Their meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment.

The Oregon Heritage Commission agenda includes selection of officers, long-term planning, and other heritage topics.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon’s heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon’s heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, contact coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries agenda includes a legislative update, statewide cemetery clean-up days, and other topics related to historic cemeteries. State law established the seven-member Commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail at

For more information about the meetings and both commissions, visit

9. Real net neutrality is bipartisan — Save the Internet Act is not

By Representative Greg Walden

Net neutrality is a bipartisan issue in Congress. Despite the overheated rhetoric and the political talking points, Democrats actually agree with me and my Republican colleagues on the key net neutrality parameters that protect a free and open Internet for consumers.

Democrats agree with Republicans that Internet traffic should not be blocked. There is bipartisan support for prohibiting the blocking of legal content on the Internet.

Democrats agree with Republicans that Internet service providers (ISPs) should not be allowed to impair or degrade lawful internet traffic on the basis of content, a practice also known as throttling. There is bipartisan support for prohibiting the throttling of legal content on the Internet.

And Democrats agree with Republicans that ISPs should not engage in paid prioritization, the practice of creating fast lanes that favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful Internet traffic. There is bipartisan support for prohibiting paid prioritization on the Internet.