Sherman County eNews #131



  2. Strong Women Strength Training Informational Meeting, May 20

  3. Celebrate Dad/Grandpa with a day at The Portland Zoo!

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

  5. Making Us Stronger

  6. Museum Day: Free Admission to the Original Wasco County Courthouse, May 18

  7. Walden: Need to build out more broadband in more places in America

“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.” ~The American’s Creed by William Tyler Page


MYTH: Marijuana is natural and medicinal, therefore it is not harmful.

TRUTH: Even low levels of marijuana use — as few as one or two times — may change the teen brain, according to a new study.  The changes are seen most in the part of the brain associated with emotional response. This has been shown to increase psychological and mental disorders including depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation in youth starting as early as the first time THC in used.

TRUTH: All illicit drugs can have serious negative consequences in youth brain development.


2. Strong Women Strength Training Informational Meeting, May 20

Fern Wilcox will be holding an informational meeting on Monday, May 20th, at 8:00 a.m., at the Grass Valley Pavilion to talk about the Strong Woman Strength Training Program and the best times and days to implement this program. The program is designed for people middle age and older, but all ages will benefit. Questions? 541 980 5093.

 3. Celebrate Dad/Grandpa with a day at The Portland Zoo!

Celebrate Dad/Grandpa with a day at

The Portland Zoo!

Family tickets available for the months of June or July.

What’s the catch? If you are able to help with transportation for other Sherman County families, please do so.  That’s it!  Gather the neighborhood. Gather the town. Create memories. Build strength.

Strong Individuals. Strong Families.

Together we make a Strong Community.

Contact Amy, Sherman County Prevention, for details.


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

bird.owl37 Strategies For Creating A Successfully Low-Screen Summer For Your Family

5 Steps to a Fabulous Summer Plan

Opinion. Teaching History by Political Checklist

Opinion. Measure 98 shows Oregon is rewriting the narrative for students’ future

5. Making Us Stronger

Is it hard for you to deal with criticism? Does it make you feel worthless or angry?

How you respond to other people’s criticism depends, to a great extent, on how critical you are of yourself. If you were raised by critical parents, who caused you to believe that making mistakes was just about the worst thing you could do, you probably have a hard time when other people criticize you, now that you are grown.

That’s because you have internalized your parents’ critical voices and have developed a harsh critical voice of your own. When your self-esteem is low, it’s especially painful to be criticized by others because it activates all your own feelings of worthlessness.

But now that you’re a grown up, it’s time to look at the beliefs you have about yourself and get rid of the ones that are keeping you down and making you feel unworthy. It is time to remind yourself, over and over again if need be, that it’s OK to make mistakes. Everybody does it once in a while. In fact, trial and error is one of the most effective ways we learn.

Once you realize making mistakes is not such a big deal, you free yourself to look at the criticism you are getting from others and ask yourself if it’s justified. If it’s not, you can just shrug it off. If it is, you have the opportunity learn from it. You can apologize if you’ve behaved badly and state your intention to do better next time without groveling, feeling humiliated or engaging in angry retaliation.

You can take responsibility for your strengths and for your weaknesses without making yourself a victim and without judging or blaming others or yourself. Learning more about oneself, and understanding the underlying causes, only makes us stronger. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Museum Day: Free Admission to the Original Wasco County Courthouse, May 18

The Original Wasco County Courthouse celebrates Museum Day Saturday, May 18, with free admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The historic 1859 building was first of three seats of local county government.  Construction commenced when Wasco County was at its largest, stretching from the crest of the Cascades to the Rocky Mountain’s continental divide.  When completed Oregon had become a state and Wasco County consisted of all of the present state east of the Cascades, all administered from the modest wood frame building. The Original Courthouse is located at 410 West 2nd Place in The Dalles, behind the Chamber of Commerce.

7. Rep. Walden: Need to build out more broadband in more places in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing his efforts to improve broadband expansion across America, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) said there is much more that needs to be done to connect rural Oregon.

“We need to build out more broadband to more places in America. Period. Hard stop. We should all be for that. Last Congress we worked together in a bipartisan way to get that done and there’s more work to be done,” said Walden at an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday.

Walden highlighted a discussion at his recent town hall meeting in Wheeler County, where Walden said that the issue of broadband connectivity was front and center.

“I’ve done 20 town halls this year, more than any other member in the House. One of them was out in Spray, Oregon, which has a population of 150,” said Walden. “They use a booster to keep the signal going while you’re in town, which is one block, but the educators said that when their students get away from that they don’t have connection when they go home. This county has one person for every nine miles of power line, so this is remote, and we need to look at alternative platforms that work to get into these areas.”

Under Walden’s leadership, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the RAY BAUM’S Act, which reauthorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the first time in more than two decades and provides new tools to support broadband expansion. This measure aims to speed deployment of next generation broadband across the country, which is particularly important for rural communities in Oregon.

During the hearing, Walden also highlighted new legislation that he proposed to ensure that states are using money collected for 911 services solely to assist emergency response. Walden stressed that, as the country recognizes Peace Officers Memorial Day, this is especially important.

“As we honor today police officers for Peace Officers Memorial Day and the 106 officers who lost their lives last year, we have an issue with the diversion of 911 fees,” said Walden. “In one state the diversion rate was as high as 90 percent. This ought to be mail fraud.”

Walden raised concerns about 911 fee diversion, which is when states divert fees paid by consumers to support essential public safety services to pay for unrelated services. Walden’s proposal would incentivize states to properly use these funds.

Walden said that for states to access opportunities in his proposal, they would need to stop this harmful diversion.

“States and localities would simply need to comply with a very common sense policy that bipartisan bills have already called for, which is to put a stop to 911 diversion,” said Walden. “Stop diverting your 911 money and defrauding your own customers.”