Sherman County eNews #98


  1. Proclamation: Sherman County Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 7–13, 2019

  2. Think Differently, Feel Differently

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

  4. Do You Understand the Electoral College?

  5. Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum 2nd Saturday, April 13

  6. Walden Calls for Free & Open Internet without Federal Government Takeover

  7. Join NCPHD for Operation OX – A Statewide MCM Exercise, May 1

“We’ve been conditioned to think that only politicians can solve our problems. But at some point, maybe we will wake up and recognize that it was politicians who created our problems.” ~Ben Carson

1. Proclamation: Sherman County Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 7–13, 2019 

ShermanCoLogoWhereas,     in 1982, the President’s Task Force on Victims of Crime envisioned a national commitment to a more equitable and supportive response to victims;

Whereas,     this commemorative week celebrates the energy, perseverance and commitment that launched the victims’ rights movement, inspired its progress, and continues to advance the cause of justice for crime victims;

Whereas,     crime can leave a lasting impact on any person, regardless of age, national origin, race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, or economic status;

Whereas,     incorporating communities’ existing experts and trusted sources of support into efforts to fully serve survivors will develop a criminal justice system response that is truly accessible and appropriate for all victims of crime;

Whereas,     with the unwavering support of their communities and victim service providers behind them, survivors will be empowered to face their grief, loss, fear, anger, and hope without fear of judgment, and will feel understood, heard, and respected;

Whereas,     serving victims and rebuilding their trust restores hope to victims and survivors, as well as supports thriving communities;

Whereas,     engaging a broader array of healthcare providers, community leaders, faith organizations, educators and businesses can provide new links between victims and services that improve their safety, healing, and access to justice;

Whereas,     honoring the rights of victims, including the rights to be heard and to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect, and working to meet their needs rebuilds their trust in the criminal justice and social service systems;

Whereas,     National Crime Victims’ Rights Week provides an opportunity to recommit to ensuring that all victims of crime – especially those who are challenging to reach or serve – are offered culturally and linguistically accessible and appropriate services in the aftermath of crime; and

Whereas,     Sherman County Victim Assistance Program is hereby dedicated to strengthening victims and survivors in the aftermath of crime, building resilience in our communities and our victim responders, and working for a better future for all victims and survivors.

Now, therefore, I, Joe Dabulskis, as Sherman County Judge, do hereby proclaim the week of April 7-13, 2019, as Sherman County Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

And reaffirm Sherman County’s commitment to creating a victim service and criminal justice response that assists all victims of crime during Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year; and to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for those community members, victim service providers, and criminal justice professionals who are committed to improving our response to all victims of crime so that they may find relevant assistance, support, justice, and peace.

Joe Dabulskis, Sherman County Judge    2019

2. Think Differently, Feel Differently

Why is it that so many people don’t know what to do with negative feelings? Today, let’s look at some research, collected at Rutgers University some time ago and is still relevant today, that may help explain the challenge.

In a study done with 10-week-old infants and their mothers, results indicated several things. First, our emotions are among the earliest signs of our awareness of patterns of meaning. Second, we naturally self-organize to seek out and become interested in positive feelings. Finally, negative feelings trigger negative responses.

Awareness of negative feelings, and perhaps even more importantly, the ability to channel them appropriately, is not something we are born with. It’s something we must learn. We don’t usually learn it from our parents though, because they didn’t learn it from their parents. We don’t learn it in school either. So what can we do?

Well, we can just go on denying our negative feelings, expressing them in ways that do damage to ourselves and to others. Dwelling on them just causes a downward spiral into depression where helpful information has a hard time getting through. On the other hand, we can seek out education that will teach us how to control what we think, and as a result, get a handle on what we feel.

It is our thoughts (psychological) that trigger feelings (expressed biologically), and there is much you can do to learn to think differently. The first step, on the road to changing the way we think, is to want to change. Once we have made that positive decision, we will see opportunity for the education we need all around us – perhaps as close as a click of a mouse. ~The Pacific Institute

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeNational Popular Vote Bill Passes Oregon Senate After Decade-Long Effort

Only in America: 2020 Census Controversy on Citizenship Question

What Happens to a Country When All its Young People Leave?

DNA Test Kits Compared

Oregon Legislature: The bills on the farmers alert list

The Latest Stats Reveal The Border Crisis Is Getting Worse

4. Do You Understand the Electoral College?

Do you understand what the Electoral College is? Or how it works? Or why America uses it to elect its presidents instead of just using a straight popular vote? Author, lawyer and Electoral College expert Tara Ross does, and she explains that to understand the Electoral College is to understand American democracy.

5. Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum 2nd Saturday, April 13

April 13 – Second Saturday – Highways & Skyways – Moving Freight from Place to Place

Author Talk with Kathy McCullough at 2pm

Join WAAAM as we host local author and pilot Kathy McCullough for a talk at 2PM on Second Saturday.

Kathy McCullough will talk about what it takes to fly cargo airplanes and other behind-the-scenes stories about moving freight from place to place at the dawn of an era when “two-day delivery” is the new normal. McCullough learned to fly at 16 and after building hours as a flight instructor at Troutdale and flying for the US Forest Service, she became the 4th woman pilot hired by Northwest Orient Airlines in 1981 flying airplanes like the Boeing 727, McDonnell Douglas DC10, and the Boeing 747. She piloted trans-pacific carriers for most of her career before retiring as a 747 captain flying freight out of Anchorage, Alaska in 2007.

Second Saturday April 13th is our action day featuring the workhorses of the highways and skyways. From trucks and salesman cars to mail airplanes, passenger airplanes, and more – all of the action happens between 10AM and 2PM.

6. Rep. Walden Calls for Free & Open Internet without Federal Government Takeover

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) is continuing to call for net neutrality solutions that preserve a free and open internet for consumers without allowing a federal government takeover of the internet, as Congressional Democrats are proposing. Speaking in opposition to a Democrat plan to give the federal government near unlimited authority to regulate, tax, and control the internet, Walden said that the bill was a missed opportunity to bring real, bipartisan net neutrality protections to consumers.

“Republicans and Democrats agree more than they disagree on the key net neutrality parameters that protect a free and open internet for consumers. The net neutrality ‘bright line’ rules Republicans support are simple and relatively easy to understand. No blocking. No throttling. No paid prioritization. Period,” said Walden. “Unfortunately, for the last few years Democrats have caved into the misguided idea that only putting unelected bureaucrats in charge of every facet of the internet is the answer.  And they know what all Americans know, the bill before us today is opposed by the President and will not become law.”

Walden today voted against a Democrat bill that would regulate the internet under Title II of the Communications Act, which was originally used to govern monopoly telephone companies in the 1930s. The legislation Walden voted against reinstates the outdated restrictions over the internet that were first implemented by the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015. In an op-ed published last week, Walden outlined his concerns about the impact of Title II on small internet service providers (ISPs) and their ability to expand broadband into rural communities.

“In a rural district like mine in eastern Oregon, Title II inhibited the ability of small ISPs to expand broadband to underserved communities, saddling these small businesses with onerous reporting requirements that shifted their focus from their customers to new, expensive regulatory interference,” Walden said in the op-ed.

In February, Walden invited Joe Franell, Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Oregon Telecom based in Hermiston, Oregon, to testify before the Energy and Commerce Committee about how Title II regulations affected his business and his customers. “The application of Title II as part of net neutrality had a dramatic chilling effect on rural telecommunication in the Pacific Northwest,” Franell said in his testimony.

Walden has introduced legislation that codifies into law permanent prohibitions on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization for internet traffic, and requires that ISPs be transparent in their network management practices and prices. Walden’s legislation reaffirms longstanding, bipartisan agreements on net neutrality protections, without imposing Title II regulations over the internet.

Walden said that putting unelected bureaucrats in control of the internet through Title II regulations is not necessary to protect consumers online.

“The fact is, we can permanently address blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization in a bipartisan way because we all believe in an open and free internet. We believe in net neutrality. But, net neutrality is not Title II, near limitless government management of the internet,” said Walden. “Net neutrality does not need the harmful, heavy-handed approach of Title II. Net neutrality does not require a government takeover of the internet.”

7. Join NCPHD for Operation OX – A Statewide MCM Exercise, May 1

North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) is participating in Oregon Health Authority’s Statewide Medical Countermeasures (MCM) exercise, Operation OX 2019.

As part of our participation, we will be exercising an open Point of Dispensing (POD) on May 1, 2019, at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, and we invite you to join us between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a drive-through POD simulation.

Exercising our ability to dispense medical countermeasures, through this exercise, will help NCPHD improve our plan to provide medications or vaccinations, when needed.

Medical Countermeasures are the medications (including vaccines, antiviral drugs, or antibiotics) needed to treat, protect or prophylax an identified population in accordance with public health guidelines and/or recommendations.

PODs are locations organized by the local public health department, where medication/vaccination will be given to people to prevent disease in response to a public health threat. For example, you may remember being invited to a POD for H1N1 vaccine in 2009, or Pertussis vaccine in 2015. 

No medication/vaccination will be given at the exercise; instead the first 75 participants will receive a FREE mini first-aid kit!  

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue (MCF&R) 1400 W 8th Street

Directions: Coming from Cherry Heights Road, turn onto W 8th Street, heading West toward MCF&R. Participants will be directed by onsite officials through the drive-through POD exercise. The first 75 participants will receive a mini free first-aid kit!

We encourage everyone to participate in an effort to help community members understand and prepare for public health emergencies.

(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