Sherman County eNews #174


  1. Sherman County Fair Board Welcomes Kya Maybe as Fair Secretary

  2. Sherman County Mobile Farmers Market

  3. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

  4. North Central Public Health District Ex. Committee Meeting, July 9

  5. Sons & Daughters of Oregon Pioneers Picnic, Champoeg State Park, July 13

  6. Yours for the Making

  7. Early Reminders About Wildfire Smoke Inhalation Prevention

  8. Visit the SAGE Center, Sustainable Agriculture & Energy, Port of Morrow

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

“I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

1. Sherman County Fair Board Welcomes Kya Maybe as Fair Secretary

“The Sherman County Fair Board welcomes Kya Mabe as the new Sherman County Fair Secretary. Kya has years of experience with the fair, whether that be from participating in 4-H or helping her mom in the Pavilion. We are excited to have her knowledge and enthusiasm to add to the team! For more information on the Sherman County Fair go to our website at or email Kya at We hope to see you all at the Fair!”

2. Sherman County Mobile Farmers Market 

Sherman County Mobile Farmers Market
May – October
1st Saturday of the month, 10am – 4pm
Main Street in Moro

food.freshThe Mobile Farmers Market accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Vouchers, Veggie Rx, Cash, Debit & Credit Cards, and SNAP EBT ($5 SNAP Match).  For more information on the Mobile Market contact or call 541-490-6420.  See

3. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday July 3 @ the Grass Valley First Baptist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.  Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can.  ~ Red Gibbs

4. Notice. North Central Public Health District Ex. Committee Meeting, July 9

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 3:00PM. Meeting will be held at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon.  This meeting is open to the general public.

5. Sons & Daughters of Oregon Pioneers Picnic, Champoeg State Park, July 13

Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers (SDOP) will be holding their Annual Picnic at Champoeg State Park near St. Paul, Oregon, on July 13th. Members, family, and friends come together each year to celebrate the founding of Oregon Territorial government, at the very spot where the actual vote took place 176 years ago. Find us at the Champoeg Pavilion, beginning at noon, for food and activities. The event is pot luck, so bring your favorite dish to share, and SDOP provides the beverages. Reservations are not required.

6. Yours for the Making

How much control do you believe you have over what happens to you in life? Today, let’s discuss how feelings about who is in control can affect end results.

Some people believe they have very little control over what happens to them. When good things occur, they think it is mostly a matter of luck or circumstance. They do not set goals or plan very far ahead, because they believe that how things turn out is beyond their control. Their stress and tension levels are generally very high, and they often feel overwhelmed, helpless and hopeless. Strangely enough, when unpleasant things happen, instead of blaming circumstance 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. We assimilated the environment around us, because we didn’t know any different. The good news is that this condition, which is sometimes called “learned helplessness,” does not have to be permanent. You can learn to take charge of your life, and to look at things differently. The fact is, when your attitude changes, the results you get change as well.

Yes, that is a fact. The research is there to back it up. Your attitude is learned, and that means that it can be unlearned, and then replacement attitudes learned anew.

If you want to develop the ability to control your attitude and your life, you can start by asking your local bookstore to recommend some good books on the subject, online book sales and services can provide suggestions by the page-full, or you could get involved in a reputable personal growth program.

There is no need to wait. The only thing standing in your way is you. Take control. Your future is yours for the making. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Early Reminders About Wildfire Smoke Inhalation Prevention

newspaper-arrowWith the start of wildfire season, comes the potential for dangerous wildfire smoke. North Central Public Health District would like to remind residents in our region to take precautions to avoid illness, due to wildfire smoke inhalation, when air quality reaches unhealthy levels.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and all residents should limit their exposure to smoke. Those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children, are advised to stay indoors when the air-quality is poor.

Air quality can change quickly. Please visit the Oregon Smoke Blog and the DEQ Air Quality Index links below. DEQ air quality monitoring data is updated hourly and is color-coded for easy to read information. Unfortunately, the only permanent monitor for our region is in The Dalles, with Hermiston and Prineville being the next closest monitors. A link is also provided below with information on the 5-3-1 Visibility Index, if there’s not a monitor near you.

Please take the following precautions to avoid breathing problems or other symptoms from smoke:

  1. Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area. See the links below for DEQ’s Air Quality Index and Oregon Smoke blog or use the Visibility Index.
  2. Avoid working or exercising outdoors when air quality is poor. Limit outdoor sports, work and recreation.
  3. Drink lots of water – staying hydrated can keep your airways moist which will help reduce symptoms of respiratory irritation such as scratchy throat, running nose and coughing.
  4. Try to avoid driving in smoky areas. If you do need to drive in these areas, keep your windows rolled up and vents closed. If you need air conditioning, make sure you set your system on “re-circulate” to avoid bringing smoke into your car.
  5. Avoid smoke by staying indoors, closing all windows and doors and use a filter in your heating/cooling system that removes very fine particulate matter. Portable air cleaners with HEPA filters can also help keep indoor air cleaner in smaller spaces.
  6. People with concerns about health issues, including those suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems, should follow their breathing management plans; keep medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary.
  7. Use of masks or bandanas doesn’t filter out gases or fine particles. An N95 respirator can provide some protection, but only if the person using it has had a fit-test to make sure it fits properly, and the respirator is worn correctly. N95 respirators are not available in children’s sizes. For more information about the use of masks, please visit CDC Respirator Factsheet link below. For respirator use in the workplace, contact your employer or Oregon OSHA at the link below.

Please visit the helpful links below for additional information:

Oregon Smoke Blog for the latest on fires and air quality across the state. 

DEQ’s Air Quality Index for current air quality conditions.

DEQ’s 5-3-1 Visibility Index for estimating smoke levels via visual observation.

CDC fact sheet about the health threats from wildfire smoke

CDC Respirator Factsheet.

OHA Reducing Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke.

Oregon OSHA Respirator use in the workplace.

Oregon Occupational Safety & Health

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

8. Visit the SAGE Center, Sustainable Agriculture & Energy, Port of Morrow

The SAGE Center is an interactive visitor center that highlights Sustainable AGriculture and Energy. Developed by the Port of Morrow, the SAGE Center gives visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the technology that takes place locally within the Port of Morrow and region without visiting each industry.  In addition to serving as an interactive visitor center, the SAGE Center offers a unique setting for various events and functions.   We Have Tillamook Ice Cream! End your visit with a delicious bowl of Tillamook Ice Cream!  See

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

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Pew Research Center: Fact Tank

 TedEd: What makes TB the world’s most infectious killer?

TedEd: Why should you read “Hamlet”?

Media Polls Showed Public Against Carbon Tax

Oregon Workforce Gaps

Video: Dr. Keeling’s Curve

With 120 bills and 39 hours on the clock, Oregon legislators face slog to finish work


Sherman County eNews #173






Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. – 1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 7 (New International Version)

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. No posters or flyers.


applause1THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS, MAC & JAN STINCHFIELD of THE TIMES-JOURNAL!  You and The Times-Journal are and have been a remarkable asset for our three little counties. Best wishes as you write your retirement chapter! Your commitment … your knowledge of the places, the people, the state, politics, statute, local government, journalism, local history … with proven ethics and integrity… are appreciated! Thank you for your contributions to the Sherman County Journal exhibit at the Sherman County Historical Museum and for keeping and sharing the history of local newspapers. You are one of a kind, Mac, and I thank you!  The new owners have a wonderful opportunity. ~Sherry Kaseberg & Sherman County eNews  

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~Margaret Cousins 




Participate in the process of your community and country. One person can make a difference. Take a stand. Do something about it. Look hard at your larger community –it may need your specific participation. –Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey


HELP WANTED. Sherman County Preschool is looking for a capable person(s) to put together equipment before preschool starts in September. Items to be put together are an outdoor play structure and a couple cabinets/shelves. Pay is negotiable, but please be prepared to provide professional references. Contact Carrie Somnis at or (541) 215-0974. 7/12 

TELLER. Bank of Eastern Oregon is now hiring for a Teller at their Condon branch; 30 hours/week, Monday-Friday. Position will also provide coverage to Arlington, Fossil & Moro branches as needed. Valid driver’s license required. Company car provided when travel required to those branches for coverage. Incumbent should have previous cash handling & customer service experience, and be proficient in use of computers; previous banking experience a plus. Successful candidate must pass a pre-employment drug, credit, and background screening. Applicants may apply at, click on Career Opportunities (towards bottom of Home page). Bank of Eastern Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Application closing date: 7-8-2019.   7/5
DRIVER. Evergreen State Holdings located at 212 NE North Street in Grass Valley is hiring a driver. A person who has either his or her Farm Endorsement or CDL Class A to deliver product or transport goods and equipment to various locations. If you are interested, please drop off a resume at our Grass Valley location or contact Human Resources Director at (971) 400-0248.  6/28


LOCAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR, HANDYMAN & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Ready for spring projects, large and small, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 7/26





VEHICLES. Surplus for sale by Sherman County:

2000 Ford E450 Bus

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 125,490 miles

As Is Condition

VIN #: 1FDXE4553YHB96056.

2008 Jeep Patriot

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 87,058 miles

As Is Condition: Possible Drive Train Issue

VIN #: 108FF28W18D605526.

2014 Dodge Charger

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 99,856

As Is Condition

VIN #: 2C3CDXAT4EH158884.

Sealed bids must be submitted to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 by 5:00 pm Monday July 15, 2019. Bids will be opened and read aloud during County Court on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. ALL ENVELOPES AND BIDS MUST BE LABLED WITH THE ITEM YOU ARE BIDDING ON. Minimum bid for Ford Van: $2,000; Minimum bid for Jeep Patriot: $2,000; Minimum bid for Dodge Charger: $10,000. To request a viewing appointment, contact the Office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416. 7/12

HAND-CRAFTED BARREL STAVE FURNITURE. Locally handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other reclaimed materials. Special orders accepted. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | Call Kevin at 541-993-4282 |







HELP WANTED. Sherman County Preschool is looking for a capable person(s) to put together equipment before preschool starts in September. Items to be put together are an outdoor play structure and a couple cabinets/shelves. Pay is negotiable, but please be prepared to provide professional references. Contact Carrie Somnis at or (541) 215-0974. 7/12

HOUSE OR ROOM TO RENT. ISO: The Sherman County SWCD and NRCS have employees looking for a house or room to rent in Sherman County. If you have something available please contact Amanda at 541-565-3216 x 109 or email  6/28

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



22-29 Bicycle Ride Northwest in the region

24-28 Vacation Bible School – Moro Community Presbyterian Church

28 Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting 10 Condon

28, 29, 30 Harvester Classic Softball Home Run Derby, Condon

29 Bicycle Ride Northwest Cyclists Return to Condon


1 U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Town Hall 3:30 Grass Valley Pavilion

1 Grass Valley City Council 7

2 WebWorks Business Workshop 6 Wasco School Events Center

2 Moro City Council 7

3 Sherman County Court 9 CANCELED

3 All County Prayer Meeting Grass Valley Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30


6 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

6 U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Town Hall 10:30 Sherman County Courthouse

8-11 Sherman 4-H Kids Food Preservation Day Camp

9 Sherman County Watershed Council 8

9 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2

10 Sherman Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30 Senior Center

10 Rufus City Council 7

12 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

12-14 Oregon Country Fair 11-7 Veneta, Oregon

12-15 National Association of Counties Annual Conference, Las Vegas

12-14 Athena Caledonian Games, Athena, Oregon

14 98th Birthday Ice Cream Social for Eilene & Nita 12:30 Grass Valley

16 Frontier Regional 911 Board 1:30

16 Tri-County Community Corrections Board 3:30 Gilliam County

16 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

17 Sherman County Court 9

18 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR

20 Starry Night at the Museum – Maryhill Museum of Art

20-21 Maryhill Museum: Free Admission for Sherman County

21-24 Sherman 4-H Kids Food Science Baking Day Camp

22 Maryhill Museum Summer Art Institute

24 Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler Tri-County Courts 10-2 Condon

24-27 Jefferson County Fair

24-28 Hood River County Fair

27 Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo in Pendleton

31-Aug 4 Union County Fair


1 Sherman County Fair Board 7

1-5 Deschutes County Fair

3 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

5 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Sherman

5-9 Sherman 4-H Kids Drama Day Camp, Sherman County School

5 Grass Valley City Council 7

6 Moro City Council 7 City Hall

6-10 Baker County Fair

6-10 Umatilla County Fair

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Executive Board Meeting 4

7 All County Prayer Meeting Rufus Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

7-11 Wheeler County Fair

8-11 Crook County Fair

8-11 Grant County Fair

9 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3:30

14 Sherman Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

14 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

16-18 Equine Mania LLC Summer Escape (541) 980-7394

20 Wasco City Council 7

20-25 Sherman County Fair

21 Cattle Sorting Competition at the Sherman County Fair

31 Rummage Sale 10-3 Wasco School Events Center 


1 Rummage Sale 11-3 Wasco School Events Center


4 All County Prayer Meeting Moro Presbyterian Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

7 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

7 Night on the North Bank, Maryhill Museum’s Annual Benefit Auction


Sherman County eNews #172


  1. Sherman County 4-H Club News: The Tiny Teaspoons

  2. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley Town Hall, July 6

  3. Program: Sunshine Mill History with Wasco County Historical Society, July 6

  4. If you were your own employer…

  5. Ego and Self-Esteem

  6. Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Presents New Exhibit, July 5-October 19

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

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

1. Sherman County 4-H Club News: The Tiny Teaspoons

4-H clover1The Tiny Teaspoons 4-H club met on June 22nd at 3pm at the Cranston house. Attending were Madison, Addison, Savannah B., Bella, Coral, Ava, Debbie Bird and Caitlin Blagg.  Excused absences were Lexi and Claire. We made a pineapple upside down cake. We also made two kinds of frostings, mascarpone butter cream and marshmallow butter cream. Afterwards we learned from Caitlin the art of cake decorating. We decorated cupcakes with gum paste creations we made ourselves. Thanks to Caitlin and Debbie for coming to our meeting to help and teach us and being great taste testers. Our next meeting will be July 20th. Meeting was adjourned at 5:15. Signed Maddie Cranston

2. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley Town Hall, July 6

constitution-wethepeopleOn Saturday, July 6, Senator Jeff Merkley will be hosting a town hall in Moro. Sherman County residents are invited to come to discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and our nation.

Sherman County Town Hall

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sherman County Courthouse, County Court Room
500 Court St.
Moro, OR 97039

To learn more about this town hall or any future events, please visit my website at and stay engaged on Twitter, follow on Facebook page and Instagram to get a look behind the scenes!

3. Program: Sunshine Mill History with Wasco County Historical Society, July 6

The Wasco County Historical Society continues its summer history programs with a tour of the Sunshine Mill on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.  This historic building at 901 E. 2nd St. in The Dalles is where wheat was milled over 130 years ago.  The Sunshine Biscuit company milled wheat here for their crackers. You will see many of the old pieces of machinery that were used in the milling process. The building has been brought back to life as a winery and event space by James and Molli Martin.  They will lead a tour and give a history of the building. To reserve a place for a noon luncheon (order off the menu) please call 541-478-3429.

4. If you were your own employer…

If you were your own employer, would you be entirely satisfied with the day’s work you have done today

At the end of the day, it matters little what others think of you; what’s important is what you think about yourself. As you reflect on your day’s work, ask yourself, “Have I given 100 percent of my time and talents today? If this were my company, would I like it to be filled with hundreds of other people just like me, or would I prefer to hire individuals with a little more initiative?” When you have become the kind of person you would like to work with or have working for you, you aren’t far from the day when you will own the company — or at least become a valuable part of it. Most important, you can sleep soundly at night, serene in the knowledge that you have done your best, that you have earned your pay, and that you have met the standards of performance you require of yourself. ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

5. Ego and Self-Esteem

Is it possible to have high self-esteem and humility at the same time? Since 1971, The Pacific Institute’s education has been teaching people, from all walks of life, to raise their self-esteem and their self-efficacy. Every now and then, someone will ask, rather nervously, if raising their self-esteem is going to make them into conceited, egotistical or selfish people.

Now, it is true that people with high self-esteem value their worth as human beings and as individuals. They enjoy their own company, and have confidence in their ability to overcome obstacles and to achieve the goals they have set for themselves.

However, it is important that we don’t confuse high self-esteem with egotism, because the two don’t go together at all. High self-esteem people know that all people are, by their very nature, valuable – and they behave accordingly. In addition, they realize that no one gets very far in life entirely on their own, so they feel indebted and extremely grateful to those who have helped them along the way.

In fact, high self-esteem people almost always have a strong sense of wanting to give back and to help others as they have been helped. You have probably met thousands of men and women who clearly value themselves as people. And, you probably noticed that those with warranted high self-esteem hold others in high esteem, as well. They expect the best for themselves, and they give their best to others.

Effective leadership demands a high level of self-esteem, albeit a warranted sense of self-worth. Because they value themselves, these leaders value the talents and expertise of those who work with them. They are human beings, not cogs in a wheel. You see, working with people who have warranted, high self-esteem is actually a very pleasant experience, and one that we can look forward to every day. The same cannot be said of working with an egotist.

So, refrain from worrying about building your self-esteem at the expense of your humility, because these two qualities actually go hand in hand. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Presents New Exhibit, July 5-October 19

Pendleton, Ore. — Tamástslikt Cultural Institute presents “SAVAGES AND PRINCESSES: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes” opening on July 5 through October 19 and you are invited to view the exhibit on opening day for FREE!

Stereotypes of Native American peoples are ubiquitous and familiar. The exhibition Savages and Princesses: The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes brings together thirteen contemporary Native American visual artists who reclaim their right to represent their identities as Native Americans. Whether using humor, subtlety, or irony, the telling is always fiercely honest and dead-on. Images and styles are created from traditional, contemporary, and mass culture forms.

According to exhibition curator America Meredith, American society has great difficulty acknowledging its past with Native peoples or allowing them visibility in the present. The exhibition’s artists use the unexpected—humor, emotion, or shock—to encourage viewers to question and challenge stereotypes, even unspoken, unacknowledged ones.

For more information, go to

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

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Sherman County eNews #171


  1. 10th Annual Antique Car Tour Hood River – Mosier Twin Tunnels – Rowena, July 13

  2. Times-Journal Transfers Ownership of 133-year old Printing/Publishing Business

  3. State Senator Alan Olsen’s Letter to His Constituents

  4. Oregon House Votes to Curb Diesel Pollution

  5. Rarely Perfect the First Time

  6. Half of Border Patrol Workforce Reassigned to Humanitarian Support Duty, 100,000 Migrants Slip into U.S.

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

Horace: “It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.”

1.10th Annual Antique Car Tour Hood River – Mosier Twin Tunnels – Rowena Crest, July 13

The tenth annual Antique Car Tour from Hood River, through the Mosier Twin Tunnels, to Rowena Crest and return trip is open to all vehicles 1949 and older. A maximum of 80 vehicles may participate.  The registration deadline is June 30th and may be done so by contacting Jeanette Kloos at or 503-227-5638.  This rare opportunity is sponsored by Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

2. Times-Journal Transfers Ownership of 133-year old Printing/Publishing Business

Notice to Interested Persons


Business Ownership Change

As of July 1, 2019, Macro Graphics of Condon, LLC, doing business as The Times-Journal at Condon, Oregon under the ownership of McLaren and Janet Stinchfield, will transfer ownership of the 133-year old printing and publishing business to Bighorn Press LLC, Stephen and Renee Allen. Bighorn Press will continue to operate the weekly newspaper, maintaining the banner of The Times-Journal. Ownership and management of the business by Bighorn Press LLC will begin as of July 1, 2019. As of July 1, 2019, all responsibilities of the operation of The Times-Journal will be that of Bighorn Press LLC, and all debts incurred in the name of The Times-Journal as of July 1, 2019 will be the responsibility of Stephen and Renee Allen, Bighorn Press LLC, P.O. Box 746, Condon, Oregon 97823. Signed, McLaren and Janet Stinchfield, P.O. Box 321, Condon, Oregon 97823. Published in The Times-Journal June 13, 20 & 27, 2019

3. State Senator Alan Olsen’s Letter to His Constituents

Posted here with permission.

From Senator Alan Olsen (R):

To my Constituents,

Yes, I am no longer in Salem working on legislation. A simple reason for that is the Majority Party has no intention of letting us “work on Legislation”. There is no bi-partisanship. It is a take it or leave it proposition.

This started early in the session when we raced through rent control, passing in on the floor in a matter of days. There was very little discussion and certainly no consideration of alternatives or amendments. It was passed as the Majority wanted it. Good bill, bad bill, no one knows but without considering all options, the outcome may well impact renters in a very negative way.

We continued by extending a temporary tax that was to expire this year, at least that is what the voters’ pamphlet stated. We extended the tax to 2026 and increased it from 1.5% to 2.0% on small businesses that provide health insurance to their employees. The question asked was, “How does this make health insurance cheaper?” The answer was, “We need the money”.

As we got deeper into the session, the legislation got worse. Bills banning popular items we use every day were passed.

The Governor took $108M from the kicker and continues to want to overturn our voice by keeping all the Kicker. The Majority Party passed a Gross Receipts tax, called the Student Success Act, to provide funding for education. Unfortunately, they only put $800M more into the school fund with none of that money coming from the Gross Receipts tax. Schools will have to come hat in hand requesting additional funding in the form of grants without any expectation of receiving those funds.

Remember, the Gross Receipts tax, is a tax on corporate sales not on corporate profits so that even if a company loses money, they are held liable for this tax. This tax was turned down by voters in 2016 by a large margin because Oregonians knew that this was a tax on a tax on a tax and would certainly drive prices for goods and services through the roof. In fact it will cost a household an additional 4% for goods and services per year. Does your salary go up by 4%?

The Super Majority passed this without a single Republican vote.

The necessity for leaving was predicated on the refusal of the Majority Party to amend the Cap and Swindle Bill, HB 2020, whose goal is to reduce CO2 while costing Oregonians $550M in the first year alone while providing “imperceptible” reductions in CO2 as stated by their own experts. This bill would put a $.22/gallon tax on your gas and diesel affecting the pocketbooks of all Oregonians, particularly rural Oregon, my district to be certain, where commuting is not a choice but a necessity. The bill did offer a small rebate on your taxes at the end of the year, but this was only a cherry on a mud pie. Gas prices in the future, by their own experts will rise as high as $3.00/ gallon. They called these increases in prices an “incentive” for you to drive less or invest in a new electric car. Either way, it is your hard-earned money that they are spending, and I thought this to be entirely wrong.

This bill will cost a family of four approximately $600/year on top of the additional 4% you will be charged, as mentioned above. Enough was enough.

We are one of the greenest states in the nation. Can we do more? Yes, but not to the tune of $550M in the first year. There are alternatives, but the Majority Party would not hear of it. They have “friends” that are counting on this largess. Don’t believe me, just read the bill and see who gets the money. Not the road fund, for certain.

Finally, when a piece of legislation has $10M built into it to help those that lost their jobs, that means a lot of jobs will be lost because of this legislation.

Other items on the docket included:

  • Limiting the peoples’ opportunity to file initiative petitions,
  • Drivers’ licenses for illegals, which we the people voted “no” in overwhelming numbers in 2014,
  • Taking the full kicker,
  • Rebooting property taxes to real market value and taxing on 75% of that
  • and a plethora of just bad legislation that will overturn the will of the voters.

Without the ability to make substantive changes to legislation, I felt the only option left was to deny a quorum for taxation without representation.

Our forefathers did the same thing in Boston Harbor when they dumped the tea into the bay. They had no voice, so they made a statement. No taxation without our voices being heard.  It is the statement I am making today in absentia. I am willing to work with the Super Majority for all Oregonians, if they will listen.


Alan Olsen


Dist. 20

4. Oregon House Votes to Curb Diesel Pollution 

Old dirty diesel engines may soon be on their way out

SALEM — Diesel exhaust from heavy-duty engines is one of Oregon’s biggest air toxic problems and can be solved by replacing old polluting engines with newer diesel engines or with trucks and equipment that run on cleaner fuels like electricity. In a 44 to 15 vote in favor of HB 2007, the Oregon House has chosen to accelerate this critical transition.

“We have known about diesel’s pernicious impacts on human health for decades,” said Morgan Gratz-Weiser, Legislative Director of Oregon Environmental Council. “Today’s landmark vote signals that the Oregon House cares about Oregonians’ hearts, lungs and brains, all of which are harmed when diesel engines are allowed to pollute our communities.”

The vast majority of Oregonians are breathing diesel exhaust at unsafe levels, with 19 counties across Oregon exceeding the state’s health benchmark. Diesel pollution contributes to cancer risk, as well as heart disease and heart attacks, asthma attacks, reduced lung growth in children, birth anomalies and autism, male infertility and more. Children are most vulnerable and so are people who work with diesel and who live by highly trafficked roads.

HB 2007 will start diesel clean-up in the tri-county area (Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties) by requiring:

  • Engine standards for diesel-powered trucks: By 2023 all medium-duty (e.g., delivery vans, garbage trucks) and heavy-duty trucks (e.g., big rigs) will be required to run on a 1997 or newer engine; and by 2029 medium-duty trucks will need to run on a 2010 or newer diesel engines, as well as publicly owned heavy-duty trucks. Trucks can also comply by switching to cleaner fuels or trapping pollution with special filters.
  • Phase-out of resale of old diesel engines: After 2025, medium-duty truck owners will not be able to purchase diesel engines older than 2010, and heavy-duty truck owners will not be able to purchase diesel engines older than 2007.
  • Clean construction: State-funded construction projects costing $20 million or more in the tri-county area will require 80% clean equipment, and construction equipment owners will be encouraged to display a sticker that shows the emissions profile of the engine.
  • VW settlement funds: Approximately $53 million will assist the trucks and equipment subject to clean-up, prioritizing applications that support cleaner fuels, and grant applicants running minority-owned, women-owned, service-disabled veteran owned businesses, disadvantaged business enterprises, or emerging small businesses.
  • Future success: A task force will develop new funding strategies to support businesses across the entire state in upgrading their fleets.

“HB 2007 and previous diesel clean-up bills have gained broad support from doctors and nurses, public health and environment advocates, faith leaders, and groups representing vulnerable communities across the state,” said Chris Hagerbaumer, Deputy Director of Oregon Environmental Council.

When this legislation passes the Senate and is signed by the Governor it will launch protections for 44% of the state’s residents.”

About Oregon Environmental Council: We bring Oregonians together to protect our water, air and land with healthy solutions that work for today and for future generations. Founded in 1968 by concerned Oregonians from across the state, we are a membership-based, nonpartisan nonprofit. Follow us! @oeconline |

5. Rarely Perfect the First Time

Today, let’s talk about how to handle those inevitable setbacks that occur, from time to time, in your quest to be a better human being. When it comes to changing our behavior, it is the rare person who gets it right the first time – or the second time… or the third time…

You know we talk quite a bit about affirmations because they are a purposeful way to help people change for the better. (Now, affirmations are just positive, emotionally charged, present-tense statements describing a desired end-result in the future.) For example, an affirmation you could make if you want to be a more loving person is, “I truly enjoy treating all people with respect and courtesy in every possible circumstance.”

So, what happens, then, when you are driving to work and another driver cuts you off, glaring at you as if you had no right to be on the road in the first place? In the past, you have responded by making a very disrespectful gesture, calling out an extremely discourteous name – and then feeling terribly guilty. Do you give up in disgust and say, “Well, obviously, affirmations don’t work, so why bother?”

Not at all! You see, before you made your affirmation, you probably would not have even noticed your disrespectful behavior as being anything unusual. Because of your affirmation – your promise to yourself – you were instantly and uncomfortably aware that this isn’t how you want to behave. You say to yourself, “That’s the old me talking. The next time, I intend to respond courteously, no matter how much I’m provoked!”

You keep affirming it and visualizing it – day after day and time after time – until the new behavior becomes second nature, and you no longer remember being any other way. In fact, you no longer have to remind yourself to act better. The new behavior has become your new normal, and the old way just doesn’t fit you anymore. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Half of Border Patrol Workforce Reassigned to Humanitarian Support Duty, 100,000 Migrants Slip into U.S.

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With half of the nation’s Border Patrol workforce reassigned to provide humanitarian support for “vulnerable populations,” a record number of illegal immigrants have slipped into the United States and “disappeared into border communities,” the agency’s chief told Congress. The overwhelmed frontline Homeland Security agency has managed to apprehend a record 593,000 illegal aliens this year, but an additional 100,000 have made it through and remain somewhere in the country. The distressing numbers were delivered last week by Border Patrol Chief Carla L. Provost, who told a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security that the situation along the southwest border is a crisis that is putting national security at risk.

“The demographic shift towards more vulnerable populations, combined with overwhelming numbers, has caused 40 to 60 percent of Border Patrol agents to be pulled away from our border security mission to provide humanitarian support—that’s 40 to 60 percent of our frontline workforce that is not available to stop drugs, gang members, and dangerous criminals from entering our country,” Provost testified. She added that “100,000 individuals successfully crossed the border illegally and disappeared into border communities before agents could respond. This is the highest level of observed ‘got aways’ since Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. This high level of ‘got aways’ is a direct result of agents being reassigned from the frontline to provide humanitarian support to the unprecedented numbers of individuals and families in custody.”

Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and family units represent 66% of all inadmissible individuals and apprehensions along the southwest border, Provost said, adding that the never-ending flow of illegal aliens has shattered agency records with more than four months remaining in the fiscal year. “This year-to-date level exceeds the full-year apprehensions of any fiscal year in the last decade,” the Border Patrol chief told lawmakers. “We have also set an unfortunate new record of the largest migrant group ever apprehended—more than a thousand migrants illegally crossing the border together in El Paso, Texas, in late May.” Provost painted a scary picture of an understaffed frontline agency slammed by a crushing wave of illegal immigrants that appears to have no end in sight.

It’s not the first time Border Patrol agents, who are also responsible for preventing terrorists and weapons of mass destruction from entering the U.S., are yanked from their crucial security mission. In 2014, when Barack Obama let an influx of illegal alien minors enter the country, the Border Patrol was forced to serve as a babysitting service. Judicial Watch obtained an internal document redeploying agents with “child care or juvenile teaching and/or counseling” experience to work at the various shelters that house the illegal alien minors. It appears the impact of that reassignment was not as severe as the current situation, which is deeply affecting a big chunk of the agency’s workforce. That makes military help essential, as Provost told federal lawmakers.

The Border Patrol chief confirmed that the deployment of U.S. Military personnel to the southwest border has benefited the nation tremendously. The National Guard is providing valuable air support in the form of light and medium lift helicopters as well as operational and surveillance support. Since President Trump deployed the military to the Mexican border in 2018, the Border Patrol has carried out thousands of apprehensions, seized thousands of pounds of dangerous drugs and performed multiple rescues, Provost testified. She revealed that this fiscal year Department of Defense (DOD) assistance has contributed to more than 87,000 deportable alien arrests, and the seizure of more than 24,000 pounds of marijuana, 228 pounds of methamphetamine, and more than $7,000 in currency. Additionally, the military’s surveillance support missions have contributed to more than 13,000 apprehensions and the seizure of more than 3,700 pounds of marijuana and $2,000 in currency. “Their support has made a difference in CBP’s ability to carry out our mission,” Provost said.

Amid a storm of criticism from open borders groups and the mainstream media, President Trump started sending National Guard troops to the Mexican border last spring after declaring a national emergency. There are currently thousands of active-duty service members assisting the Border Patrol though they don’t operate in a law enforcement capacity. As long as the nation faces this immigration crisis, Provost said she will continue to ask for much-needed military support. The surest way to improve the situation is for Congress to change immigration laws, the Border Patrol chief said, to dispel a widely believed notion that illegal aliens will be permitted into the U.S. if they come with children. Under current law, families are encouraged to make the trek north or send children on their own. Provost said families from more than 50 countries have illegally crossed the border this year, including 742 from African nations. Others are from Vietnam, Romania, Ecuador and Brazil. “I have repeatedly asked Congress to act, to address the outdated legal framework and broken immigration system that has caused dangerous mass migration with no end in sight,” Provost said. “Without legislative solutions, CBP expects the need for continued DOD support to help address the diversion of resources away from the border security mission to the current humanitarian crisis.” The Border Patrol chief reminded Congress that “border security is national security—there is no difference—and the crisis on our southwest border puts our national security at risk.”

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

 Echo of Falling Water: The Inundation of Celilo Falls

Video. Remove a Tree Stump with Epsom Salt

Editorial: Oregon Senate Republicans followed footsteps of Brown and Lincoln

Oregon Catalyst: The People Won! Carbon Tax Dead!


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Sherman County eNews #170


  1. Courage Isn’t Just for Superheroes

  2. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, June 26

  3. Presentation: Rajneeshpuram 35 Years Later, June 27

  4. WebWorks Business Workshop in Sherman County, July 2

  5. OMSI Events to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 in July

  6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center July Meal Menu

William Shakespeare: “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”

1. Courage Isn’t Just for Superheroes

Do you believe that courage is something that only special people display in times of great danger? Many people think that courage is an unusual act of bravery, but it is far more than that, and far more common than we are led to believe. You see, courage isn’t just for superheroes.

For most people, the answer to that question would be a resounding, “Yes!” But, if we think about it a little more, we might also agree that courage needs to be an everyday fact of life, if we are going to use more of our potential and become all that we can be. In fact, there is a good chance that courage precedes all positive change. Courage is the magic key that opens the door to the full experience of life.

Of course, no courage is needed if you refuse to take any risks. But, if you don’t risk anything, the truth you must eventually face is that you are actually risking everything! You see, people who react to life from a state of continuous fear instead of courage are stressed out and uncertain, lost in a dark cloud of doubt and worry. They are terrified of change, when change is what is happening all the time.

Courage is an absolute necessity if you are going to succeed, regardless of setbacks and the chance of failure. But it is also what it takes to smile when life is hard, and what allows you to stand your ground when others want to put you down. You see, courage fills up your life with power and it empowers others as well. We can see evidence of courage all around us, every day of the week, if we only look for it.

Would you like to have more courage? First, expand your definition of what courage means. For some of us, just getting out of bed in the morning is an extraordinary act of courage. Once you have a more expansive idea of what courage is, picture how you would behave if you already had it, and begin to act accordingly. Courage starts in the mind, and then works its way out into the world.

Just remember, we are all stronger than we currently believe we are! ~The Pacific Institute

2. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, June 26

The Frontier Telenet Board of Directors will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, June 26th at 1pm in Fossil. Agenda topics include financial matters, budget resolution, AOC Assessment checklist, Cottonwood tower site, T-Mobile Circuit, Bakeoven tower site lease and Day Wireless update.

3. Presentation: Rajneeshpuram 35 Years Later, June 27

Portland, OR –  In 1981, the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, his personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and their community of followers purchased the Big Muddy Ranch near the tiny Oregon town of Antelope. The ambitious experiment soon ignited great concern among the citizens of Antelope as well as among state and federal officials. The resulting legal and cultural controversies – many of them caused or exacerbated by supporters of the Bhagwan – played out in state and national media and in state and federal courtrooms.

On Thursday, June 27, the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society (USDCOHS) and the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) are pleased to welcome leading advocates from both sides of the Rajneeshpuram episode, who will address issues that continue to reverberate today. Three speakers made prominent appearances in the highly acclaimed Netflix Original documentary series Wild Wild Country. The program begins at 7pm at the First Congregational Church in Portland. Tickets are $25 and are available via This program is the latest in USDCHS’s Famous Cases lecture series and is sponsored in part by Perkins Coie LLP.

4. WebWorks Business Workshop in Sherman County, July 2

Looking to take advantage of the new high speed internet connections in Sherman County? Interested in what it can do for your business or organization? Tuesday, July 2nd, 6pm at the Wasco Event Center (903 Barnett Street, Wasco) representatives from local businesses and the Small Business Development Center from Columbia Gorge Community College will talk about how they are already using the internet to conduct their business. Presenters will include Morrow County Grain Growers talking about precision agriculture and Evergreen Holdings LLC discussing broadband impacts on their operations. Join us to share ideas, ask questions, or explore what’s possible online! Refreshments will be provided. This event is free to attend, but please RSVP to Carrie Pipinich ( or 541-296-2266).

5. OMSI Events to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 in July

Portland Ore. – On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy set the national goal of performing a crewed lunar landing and subsequent return to Earth by the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969, that goal became a reality when the Apollo 11 mission successfully took humans to the moon and back.

During the month of July, The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to commemorate one of the greatest engineering feats in history. Museum guests can learn about the science that took humans to the moon, share where they were when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the lunar surface and attend events celebrating the mission.

There’s something for everyone at OMSI in July: movies, events, science demos, laser shows, stomp rockets and much more.

Daily: Apollo 11: First Steps Edition 
Crafted from a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm archive footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings and made exclusively for science centers and museum theaters, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition, puts audiences at the center of NASA’s historic lunar landing.  

Daily: Planetarium shows 
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others the Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars everyone can see in the night sky—planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer.  

July 10: Reel Science: The Right Stuff
Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. This month’s lecture is by Karel Schrijver, solar and stellar physicist, and former astrophysicist at Lockheed Martin, and Principal Investigator for NASA’s TRACE and SDO/AIA Sun-viewing Missions. She’ll unravel the interesting story about sun-earth connections and how important the sun is for astronomy because of its proximity to our little blue planet.

July 13: Meet a Scientist – Space edition!
Meet a Scientist features local scientists who share their research and knowledge through hands-on activities and conversation. This month we’re meeting with scientists, who are working on projects and research related to space:
•    Compare light from a telescope to a transient database to see from which cosmic object it originated.
•    Explore what satellites can tell us about the ocean and its tides.
•    Viruses can live in extreme places –can they live in outer space?
•    Learn how scientist use satellites in space to learn about our oceans.
•    Explore the oceans from space, and learn about the microscopic creatures that help regulate our climate.
•    Using clues from incomplete data from satellites, become a sea ice scientist and map the Arctic Ocean. 

July 16: Rocket Day – The Apollo 11 mission launched its way into history on this day at 6:32 PDT. Come join us for a day full of fun space-themed activities. You can also watch the Apollo 11 mission live as it is re-broadcast via NASA TV. See below for a list of fun events:
•    Rocket Launches: With generous support from Boeing, guests can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch with a historic launch of their own. Make sure to wear stompin’ shoes!
•    Hide and Seek Moon: How far away is the moon? What tools do scientists use to study dark and far away objects? Take a look yourself with this early childhood activity!
•    Observe the Sun: What is the sun? How do scientists safely look at our star? See the tools NASA scientists use to study the center of our solar system.
•    Pocket Solar System: How big is solar system? What types of objects can we find there? Create your own pocket solar system and discover the scale of the solar system!
•    Space Guess Quest: Humans explore a wide variety of objects in space. Use visual clues to identify the different types of objects (including human-made spacecraft)! 

July 18: Reel Eats: Spaceballs
Reel Eats taps into the senses using both cinema and cuisine. Each curated bite is tucked away in different numbered boxes matching key moments in the film, enhancing the narrative in electrifying ways. Come join us for this quarterly film series and experience the silver screen like never before. 

July 20: Space Day – This is the day Apollo 11 made history when humans first set foot on the Moon. Join OMSI for a day packed full of space science including: constellation alignment, NASA space technology, moon maps, planetarium shows and more. 

July 20: Star Party – Lunar Viewing: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a Lunar Viewing Party! On Saturday, July 20, join OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park for a special edition Star Party starting at 9 p.m. 

July 24: Space Trivia Night
Take a giant leap and compete for out-of-this-world prizes in a cosmic competition of history, pop culture, and space science knowledge. 

July 31: OMSI After Dark: Astronomy
A night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun! Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, discover the mind-boggling hugeness of the cosmos and our place in it at the intergalactic OMSI After Dark.

6. Sherman County Senior & Community Center July Meal Menu

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at  541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!  MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & Up $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 2 3 4 5
Chicken Salad Sandwich Swedish Meatballs Philly Cheese Steaks CLOSED Pulled Pork on a roll
Tater Tots Rice Pilaf Potato Wedges TO CELEBRATE Baked Beans
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert 4TH OF JULY Veggies, Salad & Dessert
8 9 10  11 12
Cheeseburgers Chicken Teriyaki Oven Fried Chicken Chef Salad Fish & Chips
Potato Wedges Mambo Rice Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Rolls Veggies
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad Bar & Fruit Salad Bar & Dessert
15  16 17 18 19
BBQ Beef & Cheddar/Bun

Tater Tots

Beef Taco Bar Salisbury Steak Oriental Chicken Pork Chops
Refried Beans Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Rice Pilaf Au Gratin potatoes
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
22 23 24 25 26
Creamy Pesto Chicken Chicken Strips Hot beef sandwich/roll Zucchini Beef Casserole Clam Chowder
w/ Penne Pasta Mac & Cheese Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Salad Bar Battered Cod
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
29 30 31  
Grilled Cheese, Tomato & Bacon Chicken Enchiladas Meatloaf
Soup Mexican Rice Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert

Menu subject to change due to availability ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.


Sherman County eNews #169


  1. Sherman County Court Special Session Update, June 27

  2. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

  3. Ron Wyden Town Hall in Grass Valley, July 1

  4. Presentation: Wasco County Historical Society & the Sunshine Mill, July 6

  5. The Once and Future You

  6. Give Your Family an International Flair: Host an Exchange Student!

  7. Sherman County Court News, May 15

  8. Sherman County Court Minutes Online, May 15

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

1. Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session Update, June 27

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will hold a Special Session at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday June 27, 2019, in the County Courthouse in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039, to hold a Supplemental Budget Hearing, approve the Transfer Resolutions, make the bid award for the Wasco to Rufus Fiber Project, Philippi Park Life Jacket Kiosk, and Veteran’s Officer Vehicle Purchase.

2. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

The Library is open BREAK Hours
11am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday
10am-4pm Saturday.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 11am
Ages 0-6.

Library After Hours
Every Wednesday this summer 6pm-8pm
Grades 7-12 (entering)
Movies, Games, Food, Crafts, Music, Hang Out.
If you need a ride, please email Abbey at or call the library at 541-565-3279 and we will try and arrange it.

Dream Catcher Craft Night
June 27 at 6pm
All Ages

Book Club – June 27 at 6pm
A Town Like Alice

Crafts in Stacks – Dream Catcher – June 29 at 2pm
Ages 10 and up

3. Sen. Ron Wyden Town Hall in Grass Valley, July  

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Please join your

United States Senator

Ron Wyden

for a

Town Hall Meeting

at the

Grass Valley Pavilion

233 North Mill St, Grass Valley

Monday, July 1

At 3:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Senator Wyden’s La Grande Office: (541) 962-7691 or by email at

4. Presentation: Wasco County Historical Society & the Sunshine Mill, July 6

The Wasco County Historical Society invites the public to join them at the Sunshine Mill Saturday, July 6th, for a 1:00 p.m. presentation by owners James & Molli Martin on the well over a hundred-year history of the Mill located at 901 E. 2nd St. in The Dalles. This event is free as are all WCHS summer programs.  If interested in purchasing a noon lunch off the menu, please contact 541-478-3429 by Tuesday, July 2nd, so as to reserve your seating.

5. The Once and Future You

Can the use of visualization techniques really help you achieve your goals in life? Perhaps you know someone who uses mental rehearsal, or visualization, to help them develop the behavior they would like to be a part of them.

There is nothing at all mysterious about how visualization works. It’s not something foreign to the human experience. In fact, we’ve been doing it since we were very young. (Back then, we called it “pretend” and it was perfectly normal.) You see, human beings think in the form of words, which trigger pictures that have emotions attached to them – and our subconscious cannot tell the difference between something we imagine vividly and the real thing.

Whenever you look forward to something and create a picture in your mind of how you want something to be, you are using visualization even though you may not know it. These days, many successful people use visualization to help them improve their performance and develop their skills. In other words, it’s a current reality rehearsal of a future event.

Here is how it works: If you are nervous about making a sales presentation, for example, just relax and see yourself doing it. Picture every little detail, and see yourself speaking confidently, persuasively and smoothly. Picture your manner of dress, your posture, your smile. Hear the words you will say. Feel your body, comfortable and relaxed.

Repeat the process, over and over, as if you were making a movie starring yourself. When it is time to give the actual presentation, your subconscious will kick in to help you do it exactly as you pictured it. It is a lot like actors rehearsing for a play, only you are rehearsing for real life. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Give Your Family an International Flair: Host an Exchange Student!
Bring the world together by hosting a foreign exchange student!  ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from over 30 countries: Spain, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, Portugal, South Korea, Italy, France, The former Soviet Union Countries, Norway and more!

Couples, single parents, and families with & without children in the home are all encouraged to host!  You can choose to host a student for a semester or for the school year.

Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

Imagine the world of peace and greater understanding. Imagine yourself as part of the solution! Today’s teens are tomorrow’s parents, international business people, and possibly even future political leaders!  Share your corner of America by helping a foreign exchange student experience life in your area!

If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email

7. Sherman County Court News, May 15

ShermanCoLogoBy Kayla von Borstel

2019-2020 County Assessment Function Funding Assistance (CAFFA) Grant Application and Resolution Amendment, Asphalt Oil Quotes, Downtown Improvement Funds, and Public Hearing – Mass Gathering Appeal: Denial of Conditional Use Permit by the Sherman County Planning Commission, were the main items on the agenda during the May 15th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Jenine McDermid, Clerk, had an amendment to the County Assessment Function Funding Assistance (CAFFA) Grant application. The State asked that she present the amendment and racial and ethnic impact statement again to the County Court. Motion by the Court to approve the 2019-2020 County Assessment Function Funding Assistance (CAFFA) Program Grant Application, Racial and Ethnic Impact Statement, and Resolution in the amount of $596,584.00, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.

Mark Coles, Road Master, spoke to the Court on asphalt oil quotes. He stated he ran into the same issue he had last year; he could only obtain one of three quotes, as companies are not able to make the product and store it. Albina can make the product, they just can’t store it; BlueLine can do both. Coles, stated 894 tons would be needed, and BlueLine was the only company that works for what the County needed. The Court motioned to approve the quote from BlueLine Transportations, for CRS-2-TB oil at $455.00 per ton.

Aaron Cook, Rufus City Administrator, spoke to the Court regarding the Downtown Improvement fund. The City of Rufus would like to improve the tennis court – resurface, reseal, repaint, and convert the court to ½ tennis court, ½ pickle ball court. The Court inquired on the cost; Cook replied $6,500, and a business in Gresham gave them a discount, and had already started the work. The Court reminded Cook that the funds are used as match funds so they could receive $3,250. Commissioner McCoy mentioned the tennis court wasn’t typically what the program was used for, it was more for fixing up the buildings of businesses. Judge Dabulskis wanted to do some research with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to make sure the County knew what the funds could be used for exactly without breaking policy. The Court motioned to approve the resurface, resealing, and repainting the tennis court, and conversion of tennis court to a partial pickle ball court, pending the approval of Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, in the amount of $3,250.

Public Hearing for Mass Gathering Appeal Opened at 10:00 a.m. Judge Dabulskis read the opening statement of a Quasi-Judicial Meeting Procedure by calling the meeting of May 15, 2019, to order, and introduced himself as the Judge of the Sherman County Court. The Courts job is to conduct Public Hearings for the purpose of making land use decisions and/or recommendations according to the ordinances and law of Sherman County, and the State of Oregon. The Court may not vary from the adopted laws and ordinances. If a law or ordinance was considered to be unfair or unworkable, there would be a process to amend the ordinances. All County land use ordinances must meet minimum standards of the enabling State statutes, and administrative rules. All application being heard at the hearing would be weighed against the law and ordinances in effect at the time the application was filed. He stated a copy of the rules of procedure, agenda, and Staff Report were available on the side table. Judge Dabulskis stated the hearing would begin with the Staff Report and any additional comments from Staff. The appellant would speak first, followed by proponents or those in favor of the proposal, followed by opponents and neutral parties; agency comments would be held last. The applicant would be given the right of rebuttal; then the hearing would close for the Court to deliberate and make a decision. Failure to provide testimony at the hearing would preclude a person from participating on an appeal to the County Court, and the State Land Use Board of Appeals after that. He introduced the qualifiers for the hearing: Commissioner Joan Bird, Commissioner Tom McCoy, and Judge Joe Dabulskis. There were no known conflicts of interest, Judge Dabulskis had Exparte contact with a Planning Commission member as he was called to let know of the Commission’s decision, and from Fred Justesen to which he informed Fred that he was not allowed to speak on the topic until the hearing.

Dan Meader, Planning Consultant- Tenneson Engineering, stated Sherman County Planner, Georgia Macnab, asked that he present the Staff Report. He stated the purpose of the hearing was for the Court to consider an appeal on the decision made by the Planning Commission to deny a Conditional Use Permit for a mass gathering festival, July 18-22, 2019, at Justesen Ranches in Grass Valley. During the Planning Commission hearing the proposed application for the festival was presented, concerns were brought up by the staff and the permit was denied. He made a few notations for the record. After public testimony closed, the Chair asked if the date could be changed, to which the applicant stated no; this was the only error in the process. Meader requested the Court to uphold the Planning Commission decision for the appeal.

Colin Geiger, Tectonic Council, would like to see the Court continue holding the festival each year as it has brought economic value to the County since 2016. The permit was denied this year even though it had been approved with similar proposals in the past with no issues. Geiger handed out materials to the Court of the applicable law for ordinance 433.763 subpart 1c, and for Sherman County mass gathering ordinance part 3-2e, stating that no mass gathering shall take place during the months of July through October unless a site has been approved and compatible with existing land uses and does not alter the stability of the overall land use pattern of the area. Geiger believed the festival did not alter any land use pattern of the area, and there was no risk of fire from the festival. Geiger also noted the area for the festival was previously in the Federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) that had to be taken out to provide space for the festival with a multi-year agreement with Tectonic, and by doing so, had to pay a monetary penalty for that land. A correction was noted in the Staff Report that read campfires were allowed; campfires are not allowed, and no materials are burned, all fires are propane based. No smoking was allowed except in the designated areas as well, and the festival was surrounded by a fire border on all sides.

Josh Monafi and Talik Eichinger, Tectonic LLC, testified fire safety was Tectonics number one concern, and they provide safety communications (smoking restrictions, no idle vehicles, best roads to take, no on the ground generators etc.) to participants ahead of time starting monthly, and increasing to weekly as the event nears. Monafi discussed fire safety precautions including a team of 25 individuals who walk around the festival during the entirety of the event making sure all rules are enforced. Fire art held at the festival are required to be propane based only, so there would be no sparks or embers that could catch anything on fire. Fire art is elevated off the ground by 10-28 feet. Fire performers only perform in one 50 foot circle mowed to the lowest possible height consisting of two safety members with wet rags and fire extinguishers. Geiger inquired if there were any permanent or semi-permanent steps in place based on the idea of the festival continuing every year. Eichinger responded yes. Aly Sedlock, Grass Valley County Market, testified the Shift festival brought economic value to her business, even though the majority of the traffic was diverted to the South away from her store; she expected business during the festival to increase every year. Fred Justesen, Justesen Ranches, testified to the fire suppression/prevention vehicles available on hand during the festival, and the economic loss to his family if the festival was denied. There are generally five trucks with approximately 300 gallon tanks on each, one truck with approximately a 2,000 gallon tank, one truck with a 6,500 gallon tank, one military issue truck with a 750 gallon tank from a newly developed Fire District in Shaniko, one dozer with a blade, one skidsteer with a blade, and one tractor with a chisel plow. Fire breaks/barriers that are created are at least 75 feet wide. If the Fire Chief stated the conditions were too dangerous, they will comply; Eichinger elaborated by stating the fire effects cannot be ran if it is too windy as the wind blows them out. Glenn Fluhr, South Sherman Fire & Rescue Fire Chief, testified the festival has never caused any wildfires, he has unannounced visits every day or night, there are safety brochures at all the check points, and he reviewed Tectonic’s fire safety plan, which he felt was adequate. It was asked to have extra fire protection this year on the Friday of the festival due to the influx of traffic. Last year during the widespread County fire, he did not feel the need for evacuation due to Tectonic’s safety measures.

No proponents not associated with the applicants spoke. Opponents were next to speak. Roger Whitley, Bryan Cranston, Erik Glover, and Forest Peters, Planning Commission, testified stating Tectonic’s preventative plan seemed the best than anyone could do, and they took everything into consideration; however, last year’s wildfire was detrimental to the County and jumped the rivers easily, therefore the fire could easily jump the fire breaks in place for the festival. The devastation of last year, far outweighs the reward of the festival, and they don’t want to see anyone get hurt. An increase in 25% of attendees from last year totaling 1,000 individuals, would be a big strain on local resources if things were to really turn bad. Fire close to the festival could also propose health risks to attendants who would still breathe in the smoke. These factors led to the decision of denying the permit. The festival would not be a concern if the date was changed to a different time of the year outside of fire season. Bryce Coeslch, Community Member and Farmer, also testified fire suppression resources are spread thin during the summer months, and if another fire were to happen in the festival area it would be hard to control if there were multiple fires at once.

Neutral parties/Agencies spoke next. Shawn Payne, Emergency Services, testified she was impressed with the medical side of Tectonics’ plans, however, her concerns as Emergency Management centered on the evacuations of 1,000 people who are not familiar with the area. She is neither for, nor against, the festival. Brad Lohrey, Sheriff, testified that last year was unique, and at one point the entire County was under evacuation. He signed off on their permit for law enforcement as they met the standards for the conditional use permit. His concern lies with fire risks. If the County were to grant the permit, he has no authority to make them cease fire activity as of now; he requests the Court to consider granting the Sheriff and the Sheriff’s Staff, the authority to stop/shut down the burning during the festival in unsafe conditions, such as windy or red flag days which means no burning. Mark Coles, Road Department, testified on roads for the festival, and signed off on the permit. His only concern dealt with parking, which Tectonic seemed to handle. He doesn’t foresee a huge issue with too many people on roads, the concern would be road directions for an evacuation. Geiger mentioned there are directions in their information packets. Tom Macnab, Moro Fire Department, testified his concern with fire equipment at the festival would be who would be running each piece of equipment, and do they know how to use that specific piece of equipment.

Public Hearing Recessed: 11:55a.m.; Public Hearing Reconvened: 1:00 p.m.

Applicants were allowed time to rebuttal. Eichinger and Monafi, Tectonic LLC, informed the Court that when the wildfire occurred last year they issued a broad announcement to the attendees to not to attend the event until further notice in the event of cancellation, with the exception of staff who were already on location and were allowed to stay due to the safest place possible for them to be at that time. Once the ok was given by officials, attendees were allowed to arrive. He invited officials to attend the festival.

Commissioner Bird inquired of the County Appointed Attorney, Dan Olsen, if there would be any County liability for approving the permit; Dan replied he did not believe so, the County would be acting in its official capacity making a discretionary decision. Judge Dabulskis asked County appointed counsel if Tectonic met all the standards required to obtain the condition use permit legally per the presented ORS; Counsel replied that was correct in that it was compatible with existing land use, and did not materially alter the land use pattern.

Closing Statement was heard. Geiger, Tectonic attorney, asked the Court to allow the festival to continue this year subject to any rules the Court would like to put into place to ensure safety. Many have stated Tectonics plans are the best they could be, and he believed that it was shown that the event does not materially alter the current land use pattern in any way. Commissioner Bird inquired if there would be any possibility of the festival occurring at any other time of the year. Geiger replied it would be too late for this year; in future, it could be a possibility, however, it would still be within the June to October “Summer” months.

Public Hearing Closed: 1:21p.m.

Deliberations were held. Judge Dabulskis stated he keeps an open mind to respect everyone; he appreciated Tectonic would be willing to cut back numbers and is open to additional conditions set by the Court. His final decision for the year was to approve the appeal for the conditional use permit. Commissioner McCoy stated he was concerned from the beginning about allowing a fire-art festival during the summer and early fall.  He has been impressed by the efforts of the festival organizers to minimize fire danger during the last three festivals. However, after the catastrophic fires of last summer, he now believes the risk is too great.  His final decision was to deny the appeal of the planning commission’s decision not to grant a conditional use permit this year. Commissioner Bird stated her number one concern was Sherman’s residents. She stated fire art in the summer does not resonate as safe; however, she felt the conditional use application met the rules within the laws of the ORS regarding conditional uses, and her final decision was to approve the appeal for the conditional use permit with conditions.

County Court motioned to vote to grant the appeal and approve the conditional use permit for Tectonic, LLC through the dates of July 18-22, with the conditions of limiting ticket sales to 800, and allowing the Sherman County Sheriff to shut down the festival along with the seven conditions as recommended by the Planning Commission as follows: Permit valid for July 18-22, 2019 only; noise levels must be kept to within 70 decibels at the property lines of neighboring residents between the hours of 11:00pm and 9:00am; the site will be left as it was found before the festival, this includes all cleanup and removal of debris, toilets, signage, and other event material within 72 hours of the last day of the festival; post signage warning of the high fire danger in Sherman County; post signage outlining the perimeters of the area for the gathering; obtain a mass gathering permit from the Sherman County Court; Submit all approved plans as listed in the Mass Gathering ordinance to the Planning Department prior to final approval by the County Court, these include the Fire Protection Plan, Pubic Safety Plan, Parking and Traffic Control Plan, First Aid/Medical Plan, Public Health Plan, and to comply with all applicable local and State agency permit and approval requirements.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved Sherman Cities Broadband Payments to GorgeNet in the amount of $37,643.15 for the City of Grass Valley, and $39,169.20 for the City of Rufus, for Fiber to the Home installation services.
  • approved the selection of Six Rivers Community Mediation Services as grantee to receive Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution funding for the 2019-2021 biennium to provide community dispute resolution services for Sherman County.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of April 2019, as presented.
  • approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of March 2019, as revised.

Topics of discussion were Sherman County Historical Museum to Use Sherman County Property for Fundraiser, Eastern Oregon Coordinating Care Organization (EOCCO) Letter of Support, Annual Price Adjustment for Sherman County/Waste Management Disposal Services of Oregon, Inc. Contract, Sherman County Representative Change Request for the Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance (EOHLA), Building Codes, and Commissioner Reports.

8. Sherman County Court Minutes Online, May 15

Approved minutes for the May 15, 2019 Regular Session of the Sherman County Court are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

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Sherman County eNews #168


  1. Editorial Note

  2. Sherman County Court July 3 Meeting Canceled

  3. Oregonians Encouraged to Keep Fireworks Use Legal and Safe

  4. Governor Brown Authorizes State Police to Bring Back Senate Republicans

  5. Governor Brown Authorizes State Police to Bring Back Senate Republicans

  6. Self-Esteem 101 – Project

  7. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

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

 1. Editorial Note

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Sherman County eNews #167 by swkaseberg

2. Notice. Sherman County Court July 3 Meeting Canceled

The Sherman County Court will not be meeting on July 3, 2019, due to the holiday and scheduling conflicts.

3. Oregonians Encouraged to Keep Fireworks Use Legal and Safe

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Office of State Fire Marshal, the Oregon Fire Service, natural resource agencies, Oregon licensed fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts all encourage Oregonians to “keep it legal and keep it safe” when using fireworks.

The 2019 Oregon fireworks retail sales season opens June 23 and runs through July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know which fireworks are legal to use in Oregon without a permit, where they are permitted to be used, and the important safety steps to take when using legal fireworks.

“I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. Fire risk in Oregon is already high, and as the weeks go by that risk will only increase, so there is no room for error in fireworks safety.”

July 4 holiday public land visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, Oregon state parks, and beaches. Residents statewide can still enjoy fireworks at officially sponsored community events.

For residents who purchase legal fireworks, the OSFM encourages everyone to practice the four Bs of safe fireworks use:

  • Be prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
  • Be safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
  • Be responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
  • Be aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places

Oregon law prohibits the possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

For the last reported five years through 2018, there were 1,264 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon recorded by the state’s structural fire agencies, resulting in more than $3.5 million in property damage. During that same period, fires resulting from fireworks resulted in one death and 26 injuries. The data from structural fire agencies do not include incidents that occurred on federal and other state lands.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and charge offenders with a class B misdemeanor, which could result in a fine of up to $2,500 per violation and a civil penalty of up to $500. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

“All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only consumer legal fireworks and use them carefully,” adds Walker. “We encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets before deciding on when and where you choose to light legal fireworks.”

The OSFM has published FAQs for commonly answered questions about the sale and legal use of consumer fireworks, permits for the retail sale of fireworks, and state rules for their use and enforcement activities. OSFM’s fireworks education materials for sharing on social media also can be found on its website.

4. Governor Brown Authorizes State Police to Bring Back Senate Republicans

Oregon.Flat.pole(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today released the following statement on the Oregon Senate’s request for assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back the Senate Republicans:

“After many hours of well-intentioned, respectful negotiations on Wednesday, the Senate has come to an impasse. The Senate Republicans have decided to abandon their duty to serve their constituents and walk out. The Senate Democrats have requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back their colleagues to finish the work they committed to push forward for Oregonians. As the executive of the agency, I am authorizing the State Police to fulfill the Senate Democrats’ request. It is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate Republicans would turn their back on their constituents who they are honor-bound to represent here in this building. They need to return and do the jobs they were elected to do.”

5. Governor Brown Authorizes State Police to Bring Back Senate Republicans

Oregon.Flat.pole~Oregon State Police June 20th, 2019 3:14 PM

State Senators left the Salem area before various bills made it through our legislative process to a final vote. A bill cannot move forward to a vote without a quorum. The departure of the Senators leaves the Senate without the minimum number of members required to constitute a quorum, so the legislative process has stalled.

Consistent with the provisions in the Oregon Constitution, the Senate President requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring Senators back to the capital to resume the legislative process. Consistent with her authority under Oregon law (ORS 181.050), the Governor has directed OSP to provide that assistance.

OSP has assisted in resolving a similar situation in the past, and, with the help of diplomats from both sides of the aisle, the Department has done so in a peaceful, gentle, and process-supporting way which allowed members of our Legislature to return to work without forfeiting the good relationships essential to moving forward collaboratively and productively.

Oregon State Police serves the Governor in her elected role as leader of Oregon’s Executive Branch of government, and she has now given a lawful directive which OSP is fully committed to executing. OSP is utilizing established relationships to have polite communication with these Senators. While we obviously have many tools at our disposal, patience and communication is and always will be our first, and preferred, option.

OSP will work with the Governor’s office and members of the Legislature to find the most expeditious way to bring this matter to a peaceful and constructive conclusion. No further information will be provided at this time.

6. Self-Esteem 101 – Project

Does it seem to you that it is easier to build someone else’s self-esteem, than it is to positively affect your own? Today, let’s talk about some pointers for your own DIY self-esteem construction project. Grab a “hammer and nails” and let’s get started.

The most commonly accepted definition of self-esteem is our own estimation of our value or worth as human beings – and there is probably nothing more important when it comes to living a healthy, happy, productive life. However, if you are aware that your self-esteem isn’t what it could be, as a result of poor parenting or other early-life difficulties, what can you do about it?

Quite a bit, actually. You can work on your own awareness – your ability to think and live consciously – rather than going through life on autopilot. You can accept yourself exactly as you are right now, even if there are things you would like to change. And stop calling yourself names. Stop running yourself down. It’s not helping!

You can say what you mean, and mean what you say. Try at all times to be exactly who you really are, rather than acting out someone else’s idea of who you should be and how you should behave. Living with a sense of purpose does wonders for your self-esteem too, as does living with integrity, which simply means that your behavior is in line with your values and beliefs.

You can work on trusting yourself, on telling the truth, and on treating others with kindness, even when that is not easy. And, in word and deed, you can affirm the fact that you are a valuable and worthy person. If all this sounds like work, you are correct. It is! But there is no other work you will ever do, that will bring greater rewards, so keep at it!

One more piece to this: with your own elevated sense of self-esteem, you are able to lift the self-esteem of others around you. Because you are, others will be too. You become a model, a mentor, a trusted individual. Yes, there is accountability to that – but you are able to handle it, and so worth it! ~The Pacific Institute

7. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 13 June 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

10: Miles about 100 trucks were backed up on Interstate 5 on Wednesday as they made their way to Salem to protest the cap and trade proposal, according to the Capital Press.

$114: Average amount annual fuel costs could increase for drivers in Marion County in 2021 under the proposed bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions, according to The Oregonian. The newspaper used average MPG and vehicle miles traveled in each county, assuming fuel prices would go up 22.9 cents per gallon, to calculate the impact.

11: Senators absent from the Capitol Thursday in protest of the so-called “cap and trade” proposal.

50: Oregonians who died from causes related to meth in 2009, according The Oregonian.

272: Oregon meth-related deaths in 2018, The Oregonian reports, citing figures from the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.

1,400: Employees at Adidas’ U.S. headquarters in Portland, according to The New York Times.

75: Approximate number of those employees who identify as black — fewer than 4.5 percent. Black employees at the footwear company reported “often feeling marginalized and sometimes discriminated against,” the Times reports, including being addressed with a racial slur. Black athletes and artists have helped promote the brand for years.

2328: House Bill approved this week that loosens the criteria for evidence allowed to prosecute car theft, according to Willamette Week.

3: Portland’s rank among major U.S. cities for car theft when Willamette Week looked into the scourge in late 2017.

$56.7 million: Amount per year Oregonians are expected to receive through the Oregon Earned Income Tax Credit, according to The Oregonian. Lawmakers are looking at increasing the credit slightly.

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