Sherman County eNews #182


  1. Sherman County Emergency Services June Activity Report

  2. Sherman County Court, July 17

  3. GorgeCurrent Weekly, an Event Calendar

  4. Think of the Possibilities!

  5. GPS-based Soil Information with SoilWeb

  6. OHA announces awards for 2020-2024 coordinated care contracts

1. Sherman County Emergency Services June Activity Report

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

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June 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
6/02 5:02 PM Unknown Illness Moro
6/03 7:47 AM Chest Pain Rufus
6/05 2:53 AM Semi- Truck Fire I-84  MP# 113
6/05 9:30 AM Sick Person Rufus
6/06 12:59 PM Sick Person Kent
6/07 5:37 AM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover I-84  MP# 109
6/08 7:40 AM Nausea & Vomiting Rufus
6/08 10:54 AM Motor Cycle Crash Hwy 216 & Payne Loop
6/08 11:33 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 3
6/09 1:01 PM ATV Crash Grass Valley
6/12 3:46 PM Ankle Injury Moro
6/16 12:19 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 48
6/17 11:46 AM Abdominal Pain Wasco
6/19 12:40 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 30
6/21 2:59 PM Chest Pain Biggs Jct.
6/21 9:57 PM Chest Pain Wasco
6/22 6:58 PM Chest Pain Moro
6/24 9:50 AM Motor Vehicle Crash-Rollover US 97  MP# 16
6/24 2:39 PM Fall Injury Bob’s Texas T-Bone in Rufus
6/26 12:55 PM Abdominal  Pain Moro
6/26 4:42 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 101
6/27 3:43 PM Unresponsive Person Sinclair Station in Rufus
6/27 11:06 PM Possible Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 45
6/28 12:13 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 35


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June 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
6-05 2:53 AM Semi-Truck Fire I-84  MP#113
6-05 2:13 PM Grass Fire Drinkard & Baseline
6-10 3:33 PM Grass Fire I-84  MP# 113
6-13 1:54 PM Grass Fire US 97  MP# 3.25
6-18 1:06 PM Grass Fire US 97  MP# 27
6-20 2:44 PM Grass Fire Giles French Park
6-23 6:30 PM Grass Fire – Mutual Aid Gilliam County I-84  MP# 123
6-24 9:51 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 16
6-26 3:11 PM Grass Fire from lightning 30 Mile & Dobie Point


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June 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
6-05 2:12 PM Grass Fire Drinkard & Baseline
6-05 2:31 PM Vehicle Fire I-84  MP# 113
6-07 5:37 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 109
6-08 7:40 AM Ambulance Assist Sinclair Station in Rufus
6-08 11:33 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 3
6-10 2:33 AM Grass Fire I-84  MP# 113
6-12 7:17 AM Smoke Investigation I-84  MP# 114
6-13 1:47 PM Grass Fire US 97  MP# 3
6-19 6:43 PM Medical Assist LePage Park
6-20 2:36 PM Grass Fire Giles French Park
6-21 10:05 PM Ambulance Assist Wasco
6-23 6:30 PM Grass Fire I-84  MP# 123 (Mutual Aid)
6-25 5:28 PM Lift Assist Wasco
6-26 3:11 PM Grass Fire 30 Mile Canyon and Dobie Point

2. Notice. Sherman County Court, July 17

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 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 Agenda topics include quarterly reports by Carrie Pipinich of Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, Sheriff Brad Lohrey, Bob Thomas of Wildlife Services, County Clerk Jenine McDermid, Veterans Officer Bryan Hunt, Marc Czornji of Community Partnership and Engagement Program-2020 Census, Kari Silcox for Sherman County Senior Center, Perry Thurston for City of Moro Downtown Improvement Fund and Shawn Payne for Sherman County Emergency Services; Reading Sealed Bids for Surplus County Vehicles; Appointment to MCEDD Board of Directors; Commissioners’ Reports; and Consent Agenda.

3. GorgeCurrent Weekly, an Event Calendar


  • Events should be located in the Columbia River Gorge, which is defined as Trout Lake, WA to Mt Hood, OR and North Bonneville, WA to Arlington, OR, give or take.


  • The calendar is for “special events” in the Columbia River Gorge
  • Special events examples: live music, speakers, theater, fundraisers, 1-time informational talks, dance, arts events, special sports events or food/drink fests.
  • No on-going items that are the same every week or month. NO on-going classes, on-going wine-tastings or open-mic. Karaoke is not considered a special event. No store sales, MLM sales/gatherings or on-going community/government meetings.
  • Most classes (more than 1 session) are not considered special events
  • Multi-day events (like an art show) are welcome to post the date’s kickoff event.


4. Think of the Possibilities!

What do you believe is possible for you in your life – in your job, with your family and friends, financially, intellectually, emotionally? This is a very important question, so think about your answer for a moment.

These days more and more doctors, psychologists, researchers and many others are beginning to realize that what we achieve and become in life has as much, or more, to do with our beliefs as anything else. Sure, there are some limits. As far as we know, we can’t time-travel or live forever, and we can’t change things like how tall we are or who we have for parents. But beyond a few unchangeable things, there really are unlimited possibilities, and what you believe to be possible is a major factor in determining what you do and who you become.

A favorite Tom Peters story is of a Manhattan cab driver who gave all his passengers a mission statement – his written pledge to get them where they wanted to go safely and courteously. He also gave them a selection of newspapers, a snack basket, and consulted with them about the kind of music they wanted to hear on the radio. This guy made 12 to 14 thousand extra dollars a year in tips because he saw possibilities for himself as a cabbie that others couldn’t imagine.

What possibilities are you blocking out because of what you’ve learned or done in the past, or because of what others have told you is “the truth?” What could you be and do, if you allowed yourself to really stretch and grow, without excuses or self-imposed limitations?

In the days ahead, take some time to let your mind wander, free and unencumbered. Ask yourself the questions, and make a list of your answers: What could you be? What could you do? No limits. No restrictions. Keep it legal, ethical, and in line with your values; but let your imagination run for a while and see what you come up with.

You just might find a new focus and passion for yourself. ~The Pacific Institute

5. GPS-based Soil Information with SoilWeb

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 8, 2019) – Wondering about the best place to build a pond, where to dig post holes, or the crop production capability of your land? Now there’s an app for that!

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the University of California at Davis Soil Resource Laboratory have launched the SoilWeb app version 2.0 for Android and iOS devices. SoilWeb delivers GPS-based soil information for the exact soil the user is standing on, allowing users to access over 120 years of soils data from the world’s largest soils database.

SoilWeb is available as a free download on Google Play       and the Apple App Store      .

“SoilWeb reached a new milestone this year when it was integrated with Google Maps and designed to scale across any device, desktop, tablet or smart phone,” said NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr. “SoilWeb app is a portable interface to authoritative digital soil survey data from NRCS, giving users access to practical detailed scientific soil information on the go.”

Newest tool in the shed

The app provides gardeners, landscapers and realtors with information relating to soil types and how to optimally use the soil. Although soil survey information can be used for general farm, local, and wider area planning, a professional onsite evaluation may be needed to supplement this information in some cases.

SoilWeb provides users with information relating to soil types that are associated with their location. The images are then linked to information about the different types of soil profiles, soil taxonomy, land classification, hydraulic and erosion ratings and soil suitability ratings.

SoilWeb is a great way to understand the landscape you live in,” said Anthony O’Geen, UC Davis Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. “Producing food, constructing structures and maintaining landscapes all depend on this little understood, but critical outermost layer of the earth’s crust, the soil.”

Deep knowledge

All the soil information in SoilWeb was collected from the National Cooperative Soil Survey, organized by NRCS, and accesses soil survey information the agency has been collecting since the 1890s. The resulting database, the largest such in the world, makes it possible for soil scientists to generate specialized maps using computer-aided techniques.

O’Geen developed SoilWeb with NRCS Soil Scientist Dylan Beaudette, in 2010 when Beaudette was a Ph.D. student at UC Davis. The app was a popular download, but by 2017 was no longer in compliance with requirements set by Apple and Google. Frequent users of SoilWeb had to rely on the web-based version from 2017 to June 2019.

Any users with the older version on their phone can do a simple update to access the newest version. The app is a product of a 14-year partnership between NRCS and UC Davis College of Land, Air and Water Resources.

6. OHA announces awards for 2020-2024 coordinated care contracts

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced its intent to award 15 organizations contracts to serve as coordinated care organizations (CCOs) for the Oregon Health Plan’s nearly 1 million members. Eleven of the organizations are approved to receive five-year contracts, and four organizations are approved to receive one-year contracts. Awardees will now be evaluated for their readiness to deliver the services promised in their applications. Successful awardees will sign their contracts, totaling more than $6 billion for the 2020 contract year, in the fall. The new CCO contract services start January 1, 2020.

“We look forward to working together with CCOs and communities to build on the gains of the first six years of health transformation and address gaps and challenges that persist in the state’s health care system,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “We set a high bar to ensure these CCOs will be ready to advance the goals of reducing costs, improving access to mental health services, rewarding providers for improving health outcomes, and addressing issues outside the doctor’s office that impact health.”

This next phase of health care transformation is known as “CCO 2.0.”

In October 2018, at the request of Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Policy Board approved a comprehensive set of policies to improve the health of Oregon Health Plan members, address health disparities, control program costs, and continue to transform health care delivery in our state. These priorities were affirmed during an extensive public engagement process that involved more than 2,500 Oregonians who participated in public meetings held across the state as well as phone and online surveys.

Organizations receiving one-year contracts will be placed on remediation plans and have up to one year to show they can meet the higher expectations of CCO 2.0, with technical support from OHA. OHA will extend those contracts beyond one year for CCOs that show they can meet the goals of CCO 2.0. Nearly 87 percent of Oregon’s 1 million OHP members are enrolled in CCOs. Based on the awards, Oregon Health Plan members in every county in Oregon will have at least one CCO to coordinate their health care.

The applicant evaluation reports are available on OHA’s website. Applications were evaluated in the following areas:

  • Care coordination and integration: Ability to coordinate with outside entities (including public and community-based organizations), between levels of care, for special populations of members and to integrate behavioral and oral health services.
  • Delivery system transformation: Innovating to improve care delivery and quality (including primary care), access to culturally and linguistically appropriate care, measurement of value and efficiency of services.
  • Community engagement: Strength of the Community Engagement Plan and of community engagement in developing the application.
  • Clinical and service delivery: Utilization monitoring, ensuring appropriate access to services, clinical review and prior authorization, and approach to addressing complaints and grievances.
  • Business administration: CCO business processes, member engagement and outreach, adoption of electronic health records, data systems, and supporting members during transition.
  • Finance: Applicant solvency, ownership and affiliations, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) reporting, arrangements with pharmacy benefit managers, plans for increasing value-based payments, tracking and reporting of social determinants of health investments and outcomes, managing within the global budget, and cost containment.


CCO 2.0 Contract Awardees

Awardee Contract Length Service Area
AllCare CCO, Inc. 1 year Josephine, Jackson, Curry and partial Douglas
Cascade Health Alliance 1 year Partial Klamath County
Columbia Pacific CCO, LLC 5 years Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook
Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization LLC 5 years Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler, Grant, Baker, Lake, Harney, and Malheur
Health Share of Oregon 5 years Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington
InterCommunity Health Network dba InterCommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization 5 years Lincoln, Benton, and Linn
Jackson County CCO, LLC, dba Jackson Care Connect 5 years Jackson County
PacificSource Community Solutions – Central Oregon 5 years Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and partial Klamath Counties
PacificSource Community Solutions – Columbia Gorge 5 years Hood River and Wasco
PacificSource Community Solutions – Lane 5 years Lane County
PacificSource Community Solutions – Marion Polk 5 years Marion and Polk
Trillium Community Health Plan Inc. (Trillium) 5 years Lane, Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington; partial Linn and Douglas
Umpqua Health Alliance, LLC 1 year Partial Douglas
Western Oregon Advanced Health, LLC abn Advanced Health 5 years Coos and Curry
Yamhill County Care Organization 1 year Yamhill, partial Polk and Washington

PrimaryHealth was the only current CCO whose application was denied, due to concerns reported in the organization’s financial review. Three new applicants were also denied contracts.

About coordinated care organizations: Oregon first established CCOs in 2012 to transform health care delivery in the state. CCOs bring together physical, behavioral, and oral health providers to coordinate care for people on the Oregon Health Plan. They improve health and reduce costs by providing more coordinated, flexible and innovative services. CCOs are rewarded for achieving specific health outcomes and quality measures.

Additional resources: The CCO 2.0 Contract Selection page on the OHA website has more details about the CCO awardees.