Sherman County eNews #198

CONTENTS

  1. Car Seat Technician serves Sherman County for installs, education, & car seats

  2. Dear 4-Her. I saw you today…

  3. Pacific Northwest Plein Air Artists’ Reception at Maryhill Museum, Aug. 3

  4. Enjoy the Magic of Maryhill Museum with Sister Krista, Sept. 7

  5. Visualizing Options

  6. Greg Walden Statement on Trump Administration’s Commitment to Lowering Prescription Drug Prices

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


1. Car Seat Technician serves Sherman County for installs, education, & car seats

Sherman County Victim Assistance Program, located in the District Attorney’s Office, has a trained Car Seat Technician. The services that this Technician can provide include but is not limited to car seat installations, child safety educational materials, car seats at a first come first serve basis for families in need, and answer car seat questions. Please contact the office during business hours at (541) 565-5030.


2. Dear 4-Her. I saw you today…

4-H clover1By Carol LaFaver Waters  July 25, 2017

Dear 4-Her,

I saw you today.

You didn’t see me. But I saw you. I was one of the many faces around the show ring you were in. It was hot, everyone was tired, and it had been a long day. But I saw you.

You went into the ring with a heifer or a steer (sorry, I wasn’t paying that close of attention) and you did something hard for the first time. You were competing against some other kids that had grown up showing cattle, and were probably in one of the toughest classes there. You showed up. Your animal showed up with you. You both did well. But you didn’t win.

I could tell that you had put in the time with your animal. You hadn’t just bought a show steer. You had spent the time–feeding, walking, washing, brushing–and it showed. I know the hours that takes. The dedication. And the love for the animal.

I saw you when the judge pulled you and another, had a chat with you, and sent you out of the ring while others stayed. I know that feeling. It’s hard. You feel like you’ve let people down, probably your parents. I saw you try to hold the tears, and fail. It’s okay. People who care so much sometimes cry when it doesn’t happen the way you want it to. What I remember is that you had listened to the judge, had learned that you were holding the halter incorrectly, and would do it differently the next time. Even through the tears, you learned and wanted to do better next time.

I also saw you hold your head high as you walked back to the barn. I saw you congratulate the winner. That’s so important. Probably more important than winning. I was proud of you being a 4-H member in one of my counties. I was proud that you set a good example for young members. I was standing by your Mom, she was proud that you had done so well today, even though it was your first time ever showing.

So if you were sitting in front of me, right now, I would tell you that today, you were a champion in my eyes. You have an amazing future in front of you. Your family is proud. Your organization is proud of you.

Sincerely,
Someone who saw you today


3. Pacific Northwest Plein Air Artists’ Reception at Maryhill Museum, Aug. 3 

OPENING RECEPTION: 2019 Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge
Saturday, August 3 | 5 to 7 p.m.

Forty-four artists from the Northwest and across the country spent four days in a plein air paint-out in the Columbia River Gorge, capturing the incredible light and landscape, from snowcapped Mount Hood and surrounding orchards, to wineries, high plateaus and waterfalls. Join us for the opening reception as we unveil the paintings created in plein air, meet the artists, and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Paintings are on view and available for purchase in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center August 4 to 24, with a percentage of the sales benefitting Maryhill Museum of Art. As work is sold and removed, other work created during the paint-out will replace it. 


4. Enjoy the Magic of Maryhill Museum with Sister Krista, Sept. 7

Come One, Come All!

Enjoy and Participate in

the Magic of Maryhill Museum!

On September 7th 2019, a Wine Tasting, Fine Beer and Dinner Auction complete with a Full Bar-B-Que Supper prepared by Sherman County’s own Paradise Rose Chuckwagon and Exemplary Desserts at Maryhill Museum. \

You are invited to attend, participate in the fun!  There is a Silent Auction, a Ring Toss for fine bottles of wine and other games taking place.

Sister Krista von Borstel will be on hand to greet you and catch up on memories.

A highlight of the evening will be a Historic Figure and Speaker for your enjoyment.

Maryhill Museum invites all of Sherman County to come and be part of the evening.  It is the Museum’s chance to raise funds to support their children’s and educational programs that Maryhill hosts each year.

The Museum needs and deserves our support.

Please make every effort to attend.

Reserve Your Place Today.  Call 509-773-3733 X 20

Reservation Code CAS.


5. Visualizing Options

What if there were two little words that could help you unlock your imagination, allowing you to create the kind of future you would most like to have? What if these two words could boost your creativity, improve your decision-making power, and move you steadily toward a future that will give you what you want in life? What if you could put these two little words to work for you today?

And here is a little hint: You’ve already seen these two words not once, not twice, but three times in the past few seconds. Those two words are “what if,” and they are every bit as powerful as has been suggested.

If you have children, get into the habit of playing the “What If” game with them while they are still very young. Ask them questions like, “What if you decided to show your teacher how smart and hard-working you really are?” or “What if you wanted to make tomorrow a super-special day?” You will be helping them learn to evaluate possibilities, and make wise choices by entering into conversation with themselves while exploring many alternatives.

While you are at it, why not play the game yourself? What if you decided to go back to school? What if you asked for a raise, or quit your job? What if you wanted to have the best marriage you could possibly have? And what if you decided to treat yourself like the loving, and lovable, person you are in every circumstance?

What if you, as a leader, decided to be open and engaging with your teams, and played the game to help solve an organizational challenge? What would happen to each individual’s self-worth if the boss sincerely wanted to know their take on the challenge? Nurturing “what if” in your team benefits the entire organization.

You get the idea. The “What If” game is an easy way to help you visualize your options, and focus on those that you really want to pursue; but you need to keep those options positive. You can “what if” yourself to the point that you scare yourself away from the possibilities of a new, positive future.

So, what are you waiting for? Start playing the “What If” game today! ~The Pacific Institute


6. Greg Walden Statement on Trump Administration’s Commitment to Lowering Prescription Drug Prices

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced their new action plan for the safe importation of certain prescription drugs:

“When it comes to lowering drug prices, I’ve never seen a president more engaged than President Trump. I appreciate the Administration’s continued focus on lowering drug prices — from the White House, to Secretary Alex Azar, to Acting FDA Commissioner, Dr. Ned Sharpless. The U.S. drug supply chain is the gold standard and the FDA is charged with ensuring drug safety to protect the public health. I look forward to continuing to work with HHS and FDA as we explore these paths to lower drug prices for American consumers, while ensuring Americans can remain confident that the drugs they take are safe and effective,” said Walden.


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

bird.owl.limbEast Oregonian Publishers Win Federal Auction For Bend, Redmond Newspapers

EO Media Group wins bid for Bend Bulletin, Redmond Spokesman

The Arctic Is Experiencing Its Worst Wildfire Season on Record

Here’s The Real Reason Most Conservative Elites Ignore Concerns About Free Speech

The Everyman | Politics | Culture | Religion

U.S. SPENDS $907 MILLION ON USELESS “NUTRITION EDUCATION” FOR FOOD STAMP, WIC RECIPIENTS

Our view | Tribes’ purchase of Hamley’s a fitting conclusion

MITCH MCCONNELL RECEIVED DONATIONS FROM VOTING MACHINE LOBBYISTS BEFORE BLOCKING ELECTION SECURITY BILLS


 

Sherman County eNews #197

CONTENTS

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

  2. Sherman County Court Session, Aug. 7

  3. Becoming Your Best Self

  4. Commentary: Oregon’s Costly Farm-to-School Program

  5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center August Meal Menu


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

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

OUR PLACE IN SPACE – Tuesday, July 30 at 11am
Learn about our place in space, Earth with a short presentation. Explore hands-on stations for all ages.
Presented by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History

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 aphelps@sherman.k12.or.us or call the library at 541-565-3279 and we will try and arrange it.


2. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Aug. 7

The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, August 7th, at 9:00 a.m.  will be held in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at https://www.co.sherman.or.us/sherman-county-court-draft-agendas/.


3. Becoming Your Best Self

What is the difference between being yourself and being your best self? In response to a recent WCN message, a reader asked an important question. “Psychology and self-improvement books seem to be telling us that we should just be ourselves. We tell our kids this, but I get confused sometimes. I can be so many different ways. How do I know which self is the best me?”

You know, the reader was making a good point. All of us have many possible selves. Some parts of our personalities are active and obvious, but some parts may surface only now and then when they are needed. Still others may remain hidden nearly all the time, either by circumstance or intent.

Consider this question: What is your best self like? Take some time answering it, and write down what you are thinking. This act of writing it down actually builds stronger neural pathways, making these thoughts and ideas easily accessible, when you decide to make those changes in your actions and behaviors. You are creating the picture, inside your mind, of your ideal when thinking about who you are…or who you want to be.

So, can you list the qualities that make your best-self different from the ordinary, everyday you? You see, becoming aware of these qualities is the key to bringing them under your control. Once you are aware of them, you can deliberately set out to make your everyday-self more like the picture you hold of your best self.

Using the techniques of affirmation, visualization and control of your self-talk, the shift to your best self is relatively easy to do. You see, we move toward and become like what we think about. So, focus your thoughts on those aspects of yourself that you would like to see more of. See yourself behaving in situations like your best self. Do it in a systematic way, over and over again, every day. Soon, you will find that “being yourself” will automatically mean, “being your best self.”  ~The Pacific Institute


4. Commentary: Oregon’s Costly Farm-to-School Program

By Helen Cook

When did you last hear a child profess his love for spinach?

Oregon’s Farm-to-School program awards grants to school districts across Oregon to give them the funds needed to purchase fresh foods from local farms and vendors. Advocates hope that by using the words “fresh” and “local,” K-12 students will nurture a healthier taste for fruits and veggies. This hope prompted legislators to budget almost $15 million for the program at the end of the 2019 session.

This is a significant increase from the program’s $200,000 budget in 2012, largely because legislators rephrased the bill to allow entities separate from Oregon school districts to accept grants. This technical rewording allows for summer meal programs, nonprofits, and even the local vendors selling food to the districts to accept grant money.

But frozen foods benefit students more than local produce does. Frozen fruits and veggies have equal or superior nutritional value and lower costs. This is important for school districts who prepare meals by the thousands.

Since the program’s main benefit is not Oregon’s students, I suggest the state reevaluate the expensive Farm-to-School program to be more cost-effective and call this current grant program what it is: a subsidy for local vendors.

Helen Cook is a Research Associate at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research organization.


5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center August Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

August 2019

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
Crispy Chicken Salad Chicken Chili
Homemade Roll Cornbread
Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
5 6 7 8 9
Chicken Broccoli Quiche Baked Ziti w. Meat Sauce Oven Fried Chicken Mac & Cheese w. Ham Baked Salmon
Biscuits Garlic Bread Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Veggies Rice Pilaf
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
12 13 14 15 16
Chicken Salad Sandwich Beef Stew/ Roll Hamburger Gravy Beef Tamale Pie Chicken Strips
Potato Wedges Veggies Mashed Potatoes Rice Pilaf Hash brown Casserole
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
19 20 21 22 23
BBQ Baked Chicken Sweet & Sour Meatballs Pork Chops Chicken Caesar Salad Beef Taco Bar
Au Gratin Potatoes Chow Mein Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Garlic Bread Refried Beans
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
26 27 28 29 30
Philly Cheesesteak Shepherd’s Pie Meatloaf Stromboli loaded w. Meat Chicken Burger/Bun
Potato Wedges Biscuit Twice Baked Potatoes Veggies Tater Tots
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad Bar & 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 food is 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 #196

CONTENTS

  1. Oregon Wheat 2019 Harvest Photo Contest!

  2. Call for Sherman County Artists & Crafters

  3. Sherman High School Multi-Class Reunion, Sept. 21

  4. Moro Community Presbyterian Church Community Picnic, July 28

  5. Worth the Same Consideration

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


Caution!

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Maybe, just maybe… right around the corner

in the canyon…

or over the hill…

a slow-moving grain truck!

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Caution! Extreme Fire Danger!

Please do not park your vehicle in dry grass!


 1. Oregon Wheat 2019 Harvest Photo Contest!

Enter to win a pair of Oregon Wheat Mud Flaps at the state level, and top 10 move to Tri-State Level! Submit your favorite harvest photos to info@owgl.org by September 1, 2019.

Please submit only 1 photo per email.
• Include your name, farm name, location of photo and your phone number inside the email text.
• Photo must be in OR/ID/WA
• High Resolution will be requested

Photos will be posted to Oregon Wheat Facebook page (with water marks) and the photo with the most “LIKES” on the Facebook page by October 1, 2019 will WIN a pair of Oregon Wheat mud flaps! The top 10 photos with the most “LIKES” will be entered into the 2019 Tri-State Convention photo contest in November.


2. Call for Sherman County Artists & Crafters

It is not too late to sign on as an artist/vendor for the “Wasco School Events Center Presents: An Afternoon of Sherman County Talent.” This fundraiser will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 20th, and will feature local talents sharing their works. We would love to hear from a few more of the talented folks of Sherman County who would like to be a part of this event to show off their works, make contacts with potential customers and even make some sales that day! Contact Melissa Kirkpatrick at WSEC, (541-442-5778) for more information.


3. Sherman High School Multi-Class Reunion, Sept. 21 

SHERMAN HIGH SCHOOL

Multi-Class Reunion

at

CASA EL MIRADOR

1424 W 2nd St

The Dalles, Oregon

September 21, 2019

No Host Cocktails 5:30 pm

Dinner to Follow

$36.00 per person

Please remit by September 1, 2019

Payable to:

Sharon Spencer

66902 Hwy 97

Moro, OR 97039

Questions: Alison Yamauchi 501-258-7299

Rooms Available at:

The Dalles Inn 541-206-9107

Cousins 541-298-5161

Fairfield Inn & Suites 855-297-1429

Various Senior, AARP or AAA discounts are available on above properties.

Other hotels may be searched via Google.


4. Moro Community Presbyterian Church Community Picnic, July 28

Sunday – -July 28th! Moro Presbyterian Church Annual Community Picnic. Moro City Park on Main Street in Moro. Short service and music at 10:45am followed by picnic and BBQ at noon. Bring a salad or dessert. Provided – -paper goods, hamburger/ hot dogs and drinks.  Fun children’s play area. Invite family, friends and neighbors. Picnic from 12 noon to 1:30. Everyone welcome!!! Questions? Call Pastor Bob Stone (971) 338-8247.  ~Submitted by Carol MacKenzie, Wasco


5. Worth the Same Consideration

It has been said that people can get used to almost anything. This seems to be true, especially if it happens gradually over time. When you get used to things being a certain way, you develop what we call a “comfort zone,” which is pretty much just what it sounds like. Adaptability can be a good thing, but not always.

If you are used to cleaning up your house every day because you like things neat and tidy, you will be uncomfortable when the sink is full of dishes. You will experience tension until you restore order.

On the other hand, if you are used to a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, it won’t bother you at all – unless, of course, you are expecting company. Then, the things you have gotten used to and comfortable with may suddenly become very un-comfortable. “That’s OK for me,” you may think, “but I don’t want my company to see it like that!”

People, who go on crash diets before the school reunion, or clean out their car before they pick up the boss, are doing the same sort of thing. But think about it – aren’t you worth the same considerations as your visiting friends or the boss? Don’t you deserve to live by the same high standards that you adopt to impress others?

Take a look at your life. What have you gotten used to over time that you never really meant to have happen? If you want to change your comfort zone for the better and raise your internal standards to include yourself, correct use of affirmations and imagery can be a great help. What do you want your world to look like? Why do you want it to look that way? And before you even ask the question, the answer is “Yes!” you are worth the same consideration!

If you need a little help and support, tell the people close to you what you are trying to do, and stick with it. (By the way, giving a shout-out to the positive changes you see in yourself can only help you. That internal “fist pump” mini-movie in your head does wonders to reinforce your progress and self-worth.) ~The Pacific Institute


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

bird.crow.flyEast Oregonian: Our view | What Alaska and Sherman County do right

Fiber Art: The Lubbesmeyer Art Studio & Gallery

Map: USA Wild Fires

Records of city councilors, mayors, sheriffs not necessarily subject to Oregon public records law, judge rules

Republicans Are Doing a Good Job Blocking Efforts to Fight Russian Meddling in 2020


 

Sherman County eNews #195

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)  

pen.markereNEWS POLICIES 

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. 

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. No posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words. 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES: 

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

JOYFUL NEWS!

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR SPONSORSHIPS. We are looking for some sponsors to help the Fair Board provide bounce houses for the youth at Sherman County Fair.  The cost of the houses is $125/ hour.  We were hoping to be able to provide free entertainment for youngsters and bring families to the Sherman County Fair to support our 4-H and FFA. Please contact Kristie Coelsch @ 541-980-9883 or email at coelschk@skyride.net to let us know how much you are willing to sponsor.  We will be announcing sponsors throughout fair week! We thank the sponsors who have already donated, and we thank you for your consideration to support the Sherman County Fair. 8/16

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

EMPLOYMENT:

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN. City of Wasco is accepting applications for the full-time position of Maintenance Technician. Position requires individual to be responsible for construction, maintenance & repair of the City’s streets, parks, sewer & water systems; operation of equipment and other power tools; able to perform required work as required. Be certified by the State of Oregon as level 1 water distribution & level 1 wastewater collections and treatment operator or be able to obtain certifications within a reasonable time frame. Background & drug test required. Applications and job description can be obtained at City Hall or by calling 541-442-5515. The City of Wasco is an equal opportunity employer.  8/9
TELLER. Bank of Eastern Oregon is now hiring for a Teller at their Moro branch; 20 hours/week, Monday-Friday. Position will also provide coverage to Arlington & Condon 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 www.beobank.com , 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: 8-2-2019

CUSTODIAN. Sherman County School District is seeking a 1.0 FTE custodial/maintenance candidate. The candidate must be self-motivated and is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties on a regimented schedule in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.  Medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us or 541-565-3500. This position closes on August 2, 2019.  Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.  8/2

 ASSISTANT CHILD CARE PROVIDER. ABC Huskies Child Care
Assistant Child Care Provider: Part-time position available at ABC Huskies Child Care in Wasco. Experience preferred but will train. Must be a team player, child oriented and able to work flexible hours. For application and further details: 541-442-5024, email abchuskies@yahoo.com . Employment Application is available on our website at www.abchuskiesdaycare.com . 7/26

JUVENILE DETENTION OFFICER & ON-CALL OFFICERS. Great opportunity to gain experience in the field or build a resume! NORCOR Juvenile Detention is seeking to hire a Detention Officer and On-Call Detention Officers.   Applicants must work with diverse groups of youth ages 12-17 years in a secure facility. Professional workplace behaviors required. The on-call position is relief and does not guarantee any hours, can be up to 18 hours weekly.  Criminal record may disqualify. Must have driver’s license, pass background, drug, physical and other testing as indicted by the position. Application & full job descriptions available at NORCOR Juvenile Detention Job Opportunities page @ www.norcor.co  or at NORCOR Juvenile Detention, 211 Webber Street, The Dalles, OR 97048 541-298-1447. 7/26

SERVICES:

LAWN CARE. Maria’s Lawn Care. Experienced. Dependable. Reasonable. 541-993-0914.  8/2

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. 8/2

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESS DIRECTORY https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/

NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION:

FOR SALE:

SHERMAN COUNTY PLACE NAMES, 4th edition, by Sherry Woods Kaseberg, 2019. A collection of names for Sherman County places, streets and roads compiled in honor of storytellers and record keepers – families, teachers, journalists, professors, photographers, cartographers, geologists, archaeologists, geographers, surveyors, historians, genealogists and keepers of the public records. Spiral binding. Bibliography. Rich in local history, it is of interest to the curious, teachers, genealogists and local government personnel. $25 + $4 shipping. Contact Sherry Kaseberg, 69384 Wheatacres Road, Wasco, Oregon 97065 or sherryk@gorge.net. 8/2

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 | https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com/ 8/2

SHERMAN COUNTY CLASSIFIEDS, FACEBOOK   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1680690712181261/ 

SHOP LOCALLY! SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/ 

FOR RENT OR LEASE:

FREE:

OREGON TRAVEL GUIDES. Sherman County Visitor Center at Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro. State and local visitor information. 

ONLINE CALENDAR. GorgeCurrent Weekly Calendar. http://www.gorgecurrent.com/weekly/index.html

LOST OR FOUND:

WANTED:


3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT EVENTS CALENDAR   https://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/scsd-event-calendar.html

life-jacketJULY

24-27 Jefferson County Fair

24-28 Hood River County Fair

26 South Sherman Fire District Board Meeting 6:30 Grass Valley

27 Anne Franklin Celebration of Life 2 Calvary Baptist Church

27 Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo in Pendleton

31-Aug 4 Union County Fair 

wheat.fourAUGUST

1 Sherman County Fair Board 7

1-5 Deschutes County Fair

3 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

3 Reception: PNW Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge 5 Maryhill Museum

3 CGCC Founders Cup Golf Tournament

3-4 Shaniko Days

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

15 Northern Oregon Corrections Facility Board Meeting 10 NORCOR

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

19 Tri-County Mental Health/Center for Living Board Meeting 11

20 Wasco City Council 7

20-25 Sherman County Fair

21 Sherman County Court 9

21 Cattle Sorting Competition at the Sherman County Fair

26 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11

30-31 Meet and Greet Wasco-Sherman Extension Crops Agent Candidates

31 Rummage Sale 10-3 Wasco School Events Center

alphabet blackboardSEPTEMBER

1 Rummage Sale 11-3 Wasco School Events Center

2 LABOR DAY

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

5 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

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

10 Sherman County Watershed Council 8 a.m.

10 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation Board 8:30

10 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

11 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

11 Rufus City Council 7

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

17 Wasco City Council 7

18 Sherman County Court 9

20 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 10

21 Sherman High School Multi-Class Reunion 501-258-7299

25-26 Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference, Ontario

26 Association of Oregon Counties District 3 Meeting 10-2 Boardman

26 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4 Hood River

Sherman County eNews #194

CONTENTS

  1. 2019 Shaniko Days Schedule, Aug. 3 & 4

  2. Anne Franklin 1916-2019

  3. Vancouver Chautauqua: Entertainment, Discovery, Ideas, Aug. 5-10

  4. Pre-Service Dementia Care Training for Direct Care Staff, CEUs: 6.0

  5. Visualizing Options


 Every next level of your life will demand a different you. ~unattributed


1. 2019 Shaniko Days Schedule, Aug. 3 & 4

music-notesAll times approximate … Shaniko Time!

SATURDAY, August 3rd from 10:30 A.M. to 10 P.M.

10:30 Parade (hopefully a little earlier!)

Gunfight at the OK Corral at the end of the parade.

11 am – 11:45: Mud Springs Gospel Band

11 am: Raffle ticket sales begin, Toy & game museum opens in the school (11-3)

NOON: Shaniko Shooters gunfight, train rides, special music

12:30 -1:15: Phoenix Duo

1 pm Meg Graf in Saloon for Ragtime & requests all afternoon, possible Clogging activity in the school (1 pm & 2:30pm)

Wampus Cat 1:15 – 2:30

2:30 OK Corral Gunfight, train rides, special music

3 – 4:30: Triur Amadan Irish band

4:30: Ok Gunfight, train rides, Shaniko Shooters gunfight

5 pm:  Chamber Raffle drawings

Dinner Break

7 – 10 pm: Street Dance by Joni, Zac & Mic

CHECK OUT the Chamber Raffle & Bake sale, Old-Tyme Photos (noon to 5 pm) on Saturday

music-notesSUNDAY, August 4th                                                                                                                            

10 am Church in the school Sunday morning 10 am by True Life Church of Colton, OR.   Noon: Meg Graf performing Ragtime, Vintage, and requested music in the Stagecoach Station/Raven’s Nest. Downtown Firehouse sale & Toy & Game Museum (11-3) in the school.


 2. Anne Franklin 1916-2019

flower.rose.starAnne Laura Franklin went to Heaven to join her family and friends that preceded her on Sunday, July 21st, 2019.

Anne was born in Menlo, Washington, on November 11th 1916, to Laura and Louis Sather. They moved to Sherman County in 1920. She grew up in a family of eight children. Anne and six of her siblings graduated from Kent High School. She lost a baby brother, Leslie, when she was a young girl.

She fell in love with Blaine Miller and they were married in 1937 at the Moro Church Manse. They lived outside of Moro on a farm where she raised their six children. She was a member of the Kent and Harland View Granges, the Rebekah Lodge in Moro, and the Moro Presbyterian Church. She was a Sunday school teacher and a 4-H sewing and cooking leader for ten years. After Blaine died, she bought a home in Moro. She had worked for Charles Belshe, cleaning the home and she loved it. She lived there with Darla and her mother, Laura. She married George Wilson, a lifelong friend, at the home in December 1974. In 1979, Anne and George moved to LaConner, Washington, living at Shelter Bay until 1987. They purchased a home in The Dalles where they lived until George’s passing away in 1990. She met Norman Franklin and they were married in 1992 at her home. Norm died on May 6th, 1998. While living in The Dalles, Anne enjoyed volunteering at Mid-Columbia Medical Center, and quilting at the Senior Center. Anne’s lovely home was a gathering place for family and friends. She moved to her apartment at Flagstone Terrace on May 13th, 2012. She had a fall last December necessitating a move to assisted living where she lived currently.

She led a long and healthy life. Her hobbies included cooking, sewing, needlework, and quilting. She loved to follow her children and grandchildren in their many activities. She had many sorrows, losing her parents, all of her siblings, three husbands, and four children: Louis, George, Denise, and Duane, her grandson Cameron, and stepchildren: George Wilson, Marie Jones, and Elroy Franklin. Anne is survived by her two daughters, Mavis Olsen and Darla King, eleven grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, six stepdaughters, and numerous step grandchildren. She will be remembered for her warm smile, generous heart, cute sense of humor, and positive attitude.

Her Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 27th, at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Moro Community Presbyterian Church or the Sherman County Historical Museum.


3. Vancouver Chautauqua: Entertainment, Discovery, Ideas, Aug. 5-10

VANCOUVER, WA (July 23, 2019) — Each summer The Historic Trust, community partners and numerous participants join together to present six days of discovery, networking, opportunities to share ideas, and to be entertained.  This year’s activities are even more diverse; there is something for everyone.  The Vancouver Chautauqua is modeled after the iconic Chautauquas popular in the late 19th and early 20th century America.  These Chautauquas brought speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers and crafts people together for the entertainment and education of the community.  Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.”

The Vancouver Chautauqua 2019 has over 60 sessions, performances, events, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and tours running August 5-10.  The public will be able to attend free events, donation recommended events, and ticketed events.  The popular Walk + Talk tours are back in the cool mornings to experience Officers Row, West Barracks, Marshall House, Grant House, Howard House, Pearson Field Education Center, Post Cemetery and Providence Academy.  Evening performances in The Chapel at Providence Academy and at the Red Cross Building will highlight country music, a suffrage centennial era play, 1920s jazz orchestra, Vancouver’s own dance company, and an Americana music group from Portland.  These same performance groups will present free community events such as an American music salon, community sing-a-longs and more.

The visual arts workshops return with special group session in collaborative crochet sculpture and a gigantic origami project.  Displays and exhibitions are an exciting element, again, this year with featured Vancouver Barracks displays and activities, model train recreations, a Washington D.C. suffrage exhibition.  Accompanying these events will be lectures on architectural heritage, women leaders in suffrage, Scottish samplers, civil dialogue, and the women’s equality and right-to-vote panel.  For the first time, a middle and high school youth vocal coaching workshop will be a highlight for Saturday afternoon.  New applications, games, and other technologies will permit audiences to see before and afterwards onsite all the exciting historic descriptions that make our community special.  We are delighted to announce a return of the film preview of Scottish botanist, David Douglas.

No matter what your interest or preference, don’t miss something you love, something you are curious about, or something totally new.  Schedules generally run from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm daily, Monday through Saturday.  Registration, a full list of presenters, and detailed schedules are available at www.vancouverchautauqua.com with last minute additions possible.

Richard Burrows, Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at The Historic Trust said, “Chautauquas in the past, as well as today, exhibit real community partnerships. These enable local groups and individuals to bring the best of their talent and strengths to a common goal—the sharing of ideas.  Here at The Historic Trust, we intentionally work to generate the kind of synergy that fuels growth, innovation, and creativity.  We are grateful for the many fine partners who are participating in this year’s Vancouver Chautauqua.”  The Vancouver Chautauqua proves the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.


4. Pre-Service Dementia Care Training for Direct Care Staff, CEUs: 6.0

Please join Oregon Care Partners in Hood River on August 6 for Pre-Service Dementia Care Training for Direct Care Staff starting at 9:00 am at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.

This class has been approved by Oregon DHS/SOQ and meets the pre-service dementia care training requirements for assisted living, residential care and adult care home direct care staff, as set forth in ORS 443.433, OAR 411-054 and OAR 411-050.

To register, select the class title below, email info@oregoncarepartners.com or call 1-800-930-6851 for assistance.

Pre-Service Dementia Care Training for Direct Care Staff, CEUs: 6.0

HOOD RIVER – Tuesday, August 6

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Check-in starts at 8:30 am

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

1108 E. Marina Way, Hood River, OR 97031 

In this class you will:

  • Learn the dementia disease process and how it affects the brain, including symptoms, progression and stages of the disease.
  • Learn techniques for understanding and managing behavioral symptoms, including the importance of reducing antipsychotic medications for non-standard uses.
  • Develop strategies for addressing unmet physical, emotional, and social needs of a person living with dementia.
  • Practice practical, person-centered approaches to addressing specific aspects of dementia care and ensuring the safety of the person(s) in your care including:
  • How to recognize and address pain
  • How to provide food and fluids
  • Strategies to address wandering and elopement
  • Examine the concept and importance of person-centered care, specifically as it relates to caring for persons living with dementia.

Oregon Care Partners pre-service dementia care training is based on training materials developed by Teepa L. Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Dementia Care and Training Specialist -Positive Approach, LLC and is presented by Oregon Care Partners PAC certified trainers.

Please help spread the word to those who may benefit from this no-cost training.

Oregon Care Partners provides free access to high-quality trainings designed to help professional and family caregivers of all levels improve the lives and quality of care of older adults living in Oregon. Create a free training profile at OregonCarePartners.com to register for classes or call 1-800-930-6851 for assistance.


5. Visualizing Options

eye2What if there were two little words that could help you unlock your imagination, allowing you to create the kind of future you would most like to have? What if these two words could boost your creativity, improve your decision-making power, and move you steadily toward a future that will give you what you want in life? What if you could put these two little words to work for you today?

And here is a little hint: You’ve already seen these two words not once, not twice, but three times in the past few seconds. Those two words are “what if,” and they are every bit as powerful as has been suggested.

If you have children, get into the habit of playing the “What If” game with them while they are still very young. Ask them questions like, “What if you decided to show your teacher how smart and hard-working you really are?” or “What if you wanted to make tomorrow a super-special day?” You will be helping them learn to evaluate possibilities, and make wise choices by entering into conversation with themselves while exploring many alternatives.

While you are at it, why not play the game yourself? What if you decided to go back to school? What if you asked for a raise, or quit your job? What if you wanted to have the best marriage you could possibly have? And what if you decided to treat yourself like the loving, and lovable, person you are in every circumstance?

What if you, as a leader, decided to be open and engaging with your teams, and played the game to help solve an organizational challenge? What would happen to each individual’s self-worth if the boss sincerely wanted to know their take on the challenge? Nurturing “what if” in your team benefits the entire organization.

You get the idea. The “What If” game is an easy way to help you visualize your options, and focus on those that you really want to pursue; but you need to keep those options positive. You can “what if” yourself to the point that you scare yourself away from the possibilities of a new, positive future.

So, what are you waiting for? Start playing the “What If” game today! ~The Pacific Institute


 

Sherman County eNews #193

CONTENTS

  1. South Sherman Fire District Meeting, July 26

  2. Star Party at Thomas Condon Paleontology & Visitor Center, Aug. 2

  3. Sherman County 4-H News: Swine Club Report

  4. Be Grateful for the Time

  5. Sherman County Court Notes, July 17

  6. Sherman County Court News, June 19

  7. The Genesis Story: Reading Biblical Narratives – Free Online Course

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


1. Notice. South Sherman Fire District Meeting, July 26

Friday July 26, 2019 @ 6:30pm – 8pm

Administration Office 412 Mill St., Grass Valley

Agenda:

  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Introductions
  3. Additions to agenda
  4. Approve minutes
  5. Approve financials
  6. Chiefs report
  7. Business
  8. Executive Session
  9. Adjourn
  10. Board work session

2. Star Party: Thomas Condon Paleontology & Visitor Center, Aug. 2

StarYellowThe John Day River Territory boasts the darkest night skies in Oregon. So you won’t want to miss this Star Party at Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the new moon phase when the skies will be exceptionally dark and viewable.

Plan to visit on Friday, August 2nd for a Star Party at Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center at 32651 OR-19, Kimberly, OR 97848. Explore the night sky and peer into the depths of our universe with rangers from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. The visitor center will open at 8 pm with telescopes available, and ranger programs. The evening astronomy program will be held even if skies are cloudy. Phone: (541) 987-2333.


3. Sherman County 4-H News: Swine Club Report

4-H clover1The Sherman County Swine Club met on June 24th at Samantha Smith’s house. The meeting was called to order at 6:00, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Michael and the 4-H Pledge was led by Savannah. Allison, Coral Austin and Dillan were all absent, Dillan was excused. The minutes were read by Cadence Smith, the motion was passed by Addie and seconded by T’Sharra. At this meeting Savannah, Michael and T’Sharra presented advancements, we talked about county medals, buyer letters, buyer gifts and getting ready for fair. As an activity our leaders had Bryce, Kristie, Courtney and Bailey bring in some lambs and then Bailey and Courtney taught the club how to show lambs. The meeting was adjourned at 7:00.  Signed: Bailey Coelsch


4. Be Grateful for the Time

clock.793You have probably heard something similar to, “Live each day to the fullest, because you never know what tomorrow may bring.” Or perhaps it’s as simple as “carpe diem.” Like all sage offerings, there is an element of truth involved here

For a lot of us, we take the days of our lives for granted. The years go swirling past in a rush of things to do, places to see, and dreams to fulfill. We work diligently, raise our families, and try to measure up to our own – or someone else’s – definition of success. For some of us, we put our heads down, shoulder to the wheel (so to speak) and forget to look up.

Not “looking up” is unfortunate. We need to take the time to savor the experiences of each day, good or not so good, because these experiences inform who and what we are. If we don’t look up, we miss the simple joy of a quiet summer evening. We miss that look of wonder on a child’s face, the first time they discover rainbows in a puddle. Our hearts forget the thrill of watching a rocket launch into outer space.

In short, we miss the opportunity to be grateful. One reader asks, “Why do people take the experiences of their lives for granted? What other than near-death experience will help each of us to live every day with gratitude? What is striking to me is that the drivers for appreciating life and having gratitude are missing from many people’s lives. How is this happening? We should not have to experience ‘misery’ to boost our insights into the value of life.”

Do yourself a favor for the next week. Begin a new habit. Before the end of each day, stop and soak in the experiences of the day. Let the smile come to your face as you remember the happy and the funny. Plan out what you will do “the next time” for those moments that didn’t come out so well. And be grateful for the time you have had to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Opportunity awaits! Celebrate today, and face tomorrow with the expectation that something great is going to happen! That expectation creates awareness, so we won’t miss whatever wonderful things cross our paths. ~The Pacific Institute


5. Sherman County Court Notes, July 17

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court Notes

By Temporary Administrative Assistant Kristi Brown

*NOTE:

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest.”

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at http://www.co.sherman.or.us after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on July 17, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • Motion to approve $10,000 for the Rental Development Grant application for Ron Mobley to build one new rental unit, and authorize the County Judge to approve project completion and authorize final payment.
  • Heard from Jenine McDermid, Clerk, reporting the County Assessment Function Funding Assistance (CAFFA) grant was approved, and the county will see a return of approximately $88,885.72.
  • Heard form Marc Czornij, Census bureau, regarding the 2020 Census. He stated self-reporting would begin March 12, 2020, and can be completed online, by phone, paper or in-person.
  • Motion to set a November 1st deadline for the Cities of Rufus, Wasco, and Grass Valley to submit projects for the Downtown Improvement Fund.
  • Opened and read sealed bid for surplused vehicles – two bids were submitted by Peggy Dollarhyde. Bids did not meet advertised minimum bid requirements, and were not accepted.
  • Motion to allow Judge Dabulskis to move forward with researching appropriate means to sell, and the authority to approve the sale as he sees fit for all current surplused vehicles, due to lack of minimum bids not being met.
  • Motion to appoint Erik Glover to the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board of Directors.
  • Motion to approve the Gorge Networks Fiber Build Proposal to the Sherman County RV Park, Sherman County Weed District, and Sherman County Planning Department in the amount of $259.85 monthly charge, and $492.00 one-time hookup fee.
  • Motion to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement between Sherman County and the Cities of Moro, Wasco, Grass Valley, and Rufus to reimburse the County for the $43,320.95 Gap Funding for the Sherman County Broadband Initiative Fiber to the Home Project, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • Motion to accept a share of 10% of the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG) Building Codes reserves distribution, if agreed upon by all parties.

6. Sherman County Court News, June 19

Reading of sealed bids for Wasco to Rufus Fiber Build, Workman’s Compensation Policy Renewal, Cybersecurity Policy, and Demoss Spring Park Site Visit, were the main items on the agenda during the June 19th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

County Court opened, read, and briefly discussed the three Wasco to Rufus Fiber Build bids received. No action was taken to allow time to gather technical advice. The decision to award would be postponed until, June 27, 2019, during a Special Session.

Mike Elliot, SAIF Corporation, presented the Counties Workers’ Compensation Insurance proposal, and stated the 2019-2020 Annual Prepay installment of $34,115 was about 3% less this year, than the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Court motioned to approve payment to SAIF for 2019 – 2020 fiscal year in the amount of $34,115.00, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign. 

Jenine McDermid, Clerk, presented the Cybersecurity Policy as required by Citycounty Insurance Services, and stated County Counsel had approved the policy. Brief discussion was held on current Cyber Security training and a policy implementation timeframe. Court motioned to approve the Sherman County Cybersecurity Policy, dated June 19, 2019, and authorize County Court to sign 

Recessed Court Session at 10:50 a.m.

Reconvened at Demoss Park at 11:00 a.m.

Discussion was held on a course action for the deteriorating Demoss Spring Park Bandstand. Consensus of the group was to tear down the Bandstand, and build a user-friendly structure in its place with a Demoss family memorial display.

Recessed at Demoss Park at 11:17 a.m.

Reconvened Court Session at 11:29 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved the Sherman County Oregon State University Extension office, to assume the lease with Sherman County for the 2014 Chevy Traverse, currently in use by the Veteran’s Officer, when it becomes available with purchasing options in the future. Travel expenses, maintenance, fuel, insurance, and all other vehicle expenses to be covered by Sherman County Oregon State University Extension Office’s current travel line item in their existing budget.
  • Approved the vehicle bid from Sherrell Chevrolet in the amount of $36,501.62 to purchase a 2019 Chevy Traverse 3LT for the Veteran’s Officer’s use.
  • Approved to appoint Jayme Thompson to the North Central Public Health District Board as the Sherman County Representative.
  • Approved to declare the Senior Center dishwasher surplus, and to be donated to the Moro Community Presbyterian Church.
  • Approved the purchase of a replacement dishwasher, and for mandatory site preparation of the area to occur for the Senior Center in the amount not to exceed $6,000.00.
  • Approved as recommended by the Finance Director, a Resolution in the Matter of the County Court Approving the Transfer of Funds Within the County General, Community Transit, Ambulance, Prevention, Community Development, Court Security, Emergency Services, DA-V/WAP, General Road, County Fair, Early Learning Services, Senior Center, Courthouse Facility, and SIP Additional Fees Funds, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • Approved to authorize budget transfers/payments as recommended by the Finance Director, including $5,000.00 from the Emergency Services Fund to the Emergency Services Reserve Fund, and $300,000.00 from SIP Additional Fees to the Fairgrounds Project Fund, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Approved the Rail and Public Transit Division/Oregon Department of Transportation Agreement #33595, between Sherman County and the State of Oregon, with a total project cost of $107,834.00, and receiving from the State an amount not to exceed $96,760.00, with an ending date of June 30, 2021, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • Approved minutes of May 15, 2019, as corrected.
  • Approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for May 2019, as presented.
  • Approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of May 2019, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) access to County Property Located in Biggs Service District, Thank You Note from ABC Huskies Childcare, July 3, 2019 County Court Cancellation, Abandoned Ambulance on County Property – South Sherman Fire & Rescue, Frontier TeleNet Loan Extension, Courthouse Elevator Sign, Compensation Time – Weed District, and Commissioner Reports.


7. The Genesis Story: Reading Biblical Narratives – Free Online Course

Discover the beauty of the first book of the Bible with Hillsdale College’s latest online course: Join Professor Justin Jackson as he analyzes the stories of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.

Course Overview: https://lp.hillsdale.edu/genesis/

Genesis is a book of fundamental importance for the Jewish and Christian faiths and has exerted a profound influence on Western Civilization. In addition to being a great religious text, it is also a literary masterpiece.

This free online course explores some of the work’s major narrative themes, including the complex relationship between God and man, the consequences of a rupture in that relationship, and the path towards reconciliation.

Hillsdale College’s Free Online Courses: https://www.hillsdale.edu/academics/free-online-courses/


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

bird.owl.limbWhat every FFA & 4-H child should know about losing

Treaties are a contract between sovereigns; the legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens

The Fundamental Injustice of Reparations

Your Penny Saver. Ways to Save Money.

Amid Opioid Crisis at Home, U.S. Blows $50 Million on Leery Afghan Drug Treatment Programs 

0 Oregonians might lose food stamps under Trump administration proposal


 

Sherman County eNews #192

 CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County Fair Sponsorship Opportunity

  2. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update, Week of July 22

  3. Motorcyclist Dies in Crash on Hwy. 97 in Sherman County

  4. Wasco County Historical Society Presentations, Aug. 3 & 24

  5. Worth the Same Consideration

  6. Sherman County Court News, June 5

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


1. Sherman County Fair Sponsorship Opportunity

Sponsorship opportunity: We are looking for some sponsors to help the Sherman County Fair Board provide bounce houses for the youth at Sherman County Fair.  The cost of the houses is $125/ hour.  We were hoping to be able to provide free entertainment for youngsters and bring families to the Sherman County Fair to support our 4-H and FFA.

Please contact Kristie Coelsch @ 541-980-9883 or email at coelschk@skyride.net to let us know how much you are willing to sponsor.  We will be announcing sponsors throughout fair week!

We thank the sponsors who have already donated and thank you for your consideration to support the Sherman County Fair. ~Kristie Coelsch


2. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update, Week of July 22

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, efficient transportation system. ODOT invests in Oregon’s future through roadway improvement projects. The following projects are located in ODOT’s Region 4 encompassing Central Oregon from The Dalles to Klamath Falls on the east side of the Cascades. All work is dependent on weather conditions and schedules are subject to change. Where traffic is routed through or around a work zone, pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will also be provided alternate routes through the work zone.

Sherman County

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges

  • US 97 at MP 0.4 – MP 3.1 & MP 3.2 – MP 7.0 – Stellar J Corporation is completing the second stage of bridge construction. Expect intermittent single lane closures both day and night for the next week to complete bridge deck work. Expect minimal delays at night.
  • US 97 at MP 74.9 – MP 75.18 – Stellar J Corporation has completed this work.

US 97: Shaniko to Trout Creek (Sherman Highway; MP 56.72 – MP 74.9) – The contractor will be performing pavement marking and shoulder work nightly Sunday through Friday morning between the hours of 7pm and 7am. One lane of traffic will be closed using flaggers. Traffic should expect delays of up to 20 minutes.

  • Culvert Removal (MP 57 – 75) –  The contractor will use single lane closures to perform shoulder rock placement Monday – Friday, expect minimal delays.

Wasco County

I-84: Traffic Barrier Upgrade Project (Columbia River Highway; MP 64 – MP 151.5) – All work on this project has been completed until August 1st and at that time the contractor will return and install bridge screening at the required locations. All traffic control devices and equipment have been removed from the roadway.

I-84: Swanson Canyon – Arlington (Columbia River Highway; MP 125.5 – MP 137.78) – I-84 will have single lane closures eastbound and westbound between milepost 125.50 and milepost 138 to perform work Monday – Saturday.

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Region 4 ITS (Various) – The contractor will be installing electrical conduit and illumination foundations on the shoulders of the on-ramps and off-ramps at the Brewery Grade Interchange at MP 85.00 on 1-84. The contractor will be closing one ramp at a time nightly from Sunday night through Friday morning between the hours of 7pm to 7am. Traffic should expect ramp closures and lane shifts.


3. Motorcyclist Dies in Crash on Hwy. 97 in Sherman County

~Oregon State Police, Posted on FlashAlert: July 21st, 2019 6:03 PM

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, at approximately 11:33 AM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash, involving a motorcycle, on Hwy. 97 near mile post 15, approximately two miles north of Moro, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle, operated by Vanesa Gunther (55) of Junction City, Oregon, was traveling southbound on Hwy. 97 when a wild turkey collided with her after flying into a northbound commercial motor vehicle. After being struck by the turkey, Gunther traveled across the northbound lane and collided with a guardrail. Gunther sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The northbound lane of Hwy. 97 was closed for several hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, North Sherman Fire, Moro Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.


4. Wasco County Historical Society Presentations, Aug. 3 & 24

The public is invited to the11:00 a.m., Saturday Aug. 3rd, Wasco County Historical Society free presentation on “Remembering Eck & May Rorick” by long-time neighbor Carolyn Blume at the Moody/Rorick House located at 300 W. 13th St. in The Dalles. As the presentation will be held in the backyard, personal lawn chairs are welcome. Refreshments.

The public is invited to the 11:00 a.m., Saturday Aug. 24th, Wasco County Historical Society free presentation on Fairbanks, a 1905 Great Southern Railroad Station which was located between Petersburg and the Celilo Village. The presentation will be by Bill Johnson and Phil Kaser in the backyard of the Moody/Rorick House, 300 W. 13th St., The Dalles. Personal lawn chairs are welcome.


5. Worth the Same Consideration

It has been said that people can get used to almost anything. This seems to be true, especially if it happens gradually over time. When you get used to things being a certain way, you develop what we call a “comfort zone,” which is pretty much just what it sounds like. Adaptability can be a good thing, but not always.

If you are used to cleaning up your house every day because you like things neat and tidy, you will be uncomfortable when the sink is full of dishes. You will experience tension until you restore order.

On the other hand, if you are used to a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, it won’t bother you at all – unless, of course, you are expecting company. Then, the things you have gotten used to and comfortable with may suddenly become very un-comfortable. “That’s OK for me,” you may think, “but I don’t want my company to see it like that!”

People, who go on crash diets before the school reunion, or clean out their car before they pick up the boss, are doing the same sort of thing. But think about it – aren’t you worth the same considerations as your visiting friends or the boss? Don’t you deserve to live by the same high standards that you adopt to impress others?

Take a look at your life. What have you gotten used to over time that you never really meant to have happen? If you want to change your comfort zone for the better and raise your internal standards to include yourself, correct use of affirmations and imagery can be a great help. What do you want your world to look like? Why do you want it to look that way? And before you even ask the question, the answer is “Yes!” you are worth the same consideration!

If you need a little help and support, tell the people close to you what you are trying to do, and stick with it. (By the way, giving a shout-out to the positive changes you see in yourself can only help you. That internal “fist pump” mini-movie in your head does wonders to reinforce your progress and self-worth.)  ~The Pacific Institute


6. Sherman County Court News, June 5

By Kristi Brown 541-565-3416

The Dalles Disposal Annual Rate Review, Supplemental Budget Hearing, Public Hearing: SHIFT Festival Mass Gathering Permit Application, Cybersecurity Policy, Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 2 (i) Personnel, Public Hearing, and Emergency Procurement for Finnegan Creek Bridge, were the main items on the agenda during the June 5th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Jim Winterbottom, The Dalles Disposal, requested an annual rate review on trash services for 2019-2020. The 3.3% rate increase was based off of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), using the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area Benchmark. Court motioned to approve a 3.30% increase in The Dalles Disposal fees for annual operational costs to be effective July 1, 2019.

Budget Hearing Opened at 9:15 a.m. Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, presented the 2019-2020 budget to be approved as recommended by the Budget Committee. Court motioned to adopt the budget approved by the Budget Committee for the 2019-2020 fiscal year in the total sum of $57,490,220, and imposing the taxes provided for in the adopted budget at the rate of $8.7141 per $1,000 of assessed value for operations, and that these taxes are hereby imposed and categorized for tax year 2019-2020 upon the assessed value of all taxable property within the County of Sherman as of 1:00 a.m., July 1, 2019. Additionally to approve appropriations as recommended by the Finance Director, and authorized County Court to sign. Budget Hearing Closed at 9:19 a.m.

Supplemental Budget Hearing Opened at 9:30 a.m. Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, presented the Resolution Summary of Proposed Budget Changes due to funds needed that were unknown during budget time. Court motioned to approve the resolution summary of proposed budget changes appropriating fund totals of $8,544,720 to the County General Fund, $146,100 to the Ambulance Fund, and $2,591,343 to the General Road Fund, $162,375 to the County Fair Fund, $1,140,000 to the Courthouse Facility Fund, and $120,000 to the Sheriff Vehicle Reserve Fund, for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2018, and authorize County Court to sign. Supplemental Budget Hearing Closed at 9:46 a.m.

Public Hearing Opened at 10:00 a.m. Court motioned to adopt the decision and order in the matter of the appeal to the denial of a conditional use permit for a mass gathering in the exclusive farm use zone on behalf of Tectonic LLC, with the 2 added conditions in the event of an emergency, the Sherman County Sheriff has the authority shut down the event, and ticket sales limited to 800 people. Also including the other conditions of approval made by the Planning Commission.

Georgia Macnab, Sherman County Planner, explained the purpose of the hearing, and stated there were no additions to the staff report; all plans had been received. She noted that insurance confirmation had yet to be submitted. Josh Monafi, Tectonic LLC, responded that insurance was currently pending. Commissioner Bird, inquired as to whether the noise level requirements had been met. Monafi responded they did not intend to exceed the noise limits specified within the conditions.

Event representatives spoke. Monafi acknowledged and accepted the conditions set forth within the staff report, and the additions from the previous hearing. He thanked the County for the appeal hearing, and Macnab for her help in the permit process. Commissioner Bird questioned the use of camp stoves, generators, and the storage of gas cans; and whether Glenn Fluhr, South Sherman Fire & Rescue Chief, was aware of their usage. Monafi replied, Fluhr was, and noted these items were addressed in the Fire Plan.

No proponents spoke.

Opponents spoke next. Erik Glover, Sherman County Planning Commission, mentioned that the use of fire trenches, importing sand, and the removal of land from the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), were not compatible with the provisions ORS 433.763, and asked the court to consider these issues in their decision.

Rebuttals by proponents followed. Monafi responded to Erik’s concerns, that no trenches were dug; a strip of land was trimmed down and then tilled to create a fire barrier. Talik Eichinger, added the land was tilled no differently than during normal farming practices, and the sand was brought in to an already rocky beach. Fred Justesen, noted CRP is a contracted agreement, and could be entered into and ended at any time.

Court motioned to approve the Mass Gathering Application submitted by Tectonic LLC, to hold the SHIFT Festival during the dates of July 18-22, 2019, located at Justesen Ranch Recreation, pending insurance approval, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to sign. Public Hearing Closed at 10:30 a.m.

Jenine McDermid, Clerk, stated the insurance renewal process was almost complete with the exception that City/County Insurance Services (CIS) now required Cyber Liability policy holders to implement a Cyber Security Policy. CIS provided a policy template; McDermid, Ron McDermid and Debbie Hayden will be adapting to the County’s needs. The new policy will need to be adopted by the middle of June.

Court motioned to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel. Entered Executive Session at 11:20 a.m. Discussion held on employee time accrual. Exited Executive Session at 11:33 a.m. County Court agreed to table the discussion until the next Court session.

Entered Public Hearing at 11:33 a.m. Jeff Wallace, County Counsel, requested to adopt findings in support of an emergency status and emergency procurement, and to approve an expedited emergency status procurement process for the purchase of precast bridge slabs and abutments. He provided exhibits giving reason for the procurement, and noted Knife River was the only company who has the ability to fabricate all of the needed components. Aaron Geisler, Project Engineer and Bridge Inspector, stated his concerns with the current conditions of the bridge. The procurement process would speed up the time frame with construction finishing this year. Without the procurement, the project would be delayed until 2020. Court motioned to approve resolution 01-06-2019 in the matter of adopting findings in support of emergency status and emergency procurements and approving an expedited emergency procurement process for the purchase of precast bridge slabs, and precast concrete abutments for the Finnegan Creek Bridge, and to include exhibit A, B, and C. Court motioned to approve Judge Dabulskis to sign the Knife River contracts for the emergency procurements for the Finnegan Creek Bridge. Exited Public Hearing at11:45 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved to appoint Daryl G. Ingebo as Sherman County Surveyor.
  • Approved to appoint Sheri Carlson for a four-year term, to expires July 1, 2023, and Arla Melzer to complete the remainder of Larry Hoctor’s term that expires July 1, 2020, to the Library Board as recommended by the Sherman County Public/School Library Board.
  • Approved the Office Emergency Management Grant Cover Sheet FY19 EMPG with a total project fund amount of $129,594, split 50/50 between Federal funds and match funds, as recommended by the Emergency Services Department, and authorize Judge Dabluksis to sign.
  • Approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between Oregon Department of Revenue and Sherman County, for $60 per hour, with a total of 66.66 hours per year, for Oregon Department of Revenue to perform map maintenance and cartographic activities, and authorize County Court to sign.
  • Approved Early Childhood Education funding for 2019-2020 fiscal year as follows: Little Wheats $26,667; Sherman County Child Care Foundation (ABC Huskies Child Care) $26,667; Sherman County Preschool $26,667.
  • Approved the Rail and Public Transit Division/Oregon Department of Transportation STF Agreement #33499, between Sherman County and the State of Oregon, in the amount of $135,400, ending June 30, 2021 and authorize County Court to sign.
  • Approved Paula King’s sealed bid for the 2008 PT Cruiser for $3,501
  • Approved Sherman County withdrawing as Fiscal Agent for the Four Rivers Early Learning and Parenting Education Hub once a new entity has assumed the Fiscal Agent role.
  • Approved minutes for April 17, 2019, as presented
  • Approved minutes for May 1, 2019, as presented
  • Approved minutes for May 15, 2019, as presented
  • Approved the Claims for the month of May 2019, as presented
  • Approved the Treasurer’s Report for the month of April 2019, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Senior Center Dishwasher Replacement, County Representative Change Request for the Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance (EOHLA), Building Codes, and Commissioner Reports.


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