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.

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

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