Sherman County eNews #205


  1. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Aug. 8

  2. Sherman County School District Board Meeting, Aug. 12

  3. Oregon Raceway Park Ambulance Service Change, Effective Aug. 1

  4. Ruminating on the Positive

  5. Oregon Heritage Grant is Now Open for Applications!

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

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

1. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, Aug. 8 

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors meeting has been changed to August 8th, 2019. General Discussion & Review of the Budget. The public is welcome to attend! 6p.m at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.).

2. Notice. Sherman County School District Board Meeting, Aug. 12

Public Meeting Announcement

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August, 12 2019. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

[Editor’s Note. We have not mastered keeping the agenda format as received. We apologize!]


August 12, 2019

6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Approve Board Meeting Agenda, August 12, 2019

(The Sherman County School District Board of Directors welcomes and encourages public comment and communication regarding District programs and policies. If you wish to speak, please place your name and the specific topic you wish to comment on prior to the meeting on the signup sheet on the counter near the entrance. Because time available is limited, there may be a time limit placed on each person who wishes to speak. The Chair has authority to keep order and to impose any reasonable restrictions necessary to conduct an efficient meeting. The Board reserves the right to delay discussion on any item presented until later in the meeting or at a subsequent meeting. Objective criticism of operations and programs will be heard but not complaints concerning specific personnel. Thank you.)

  • Audience Communications (Testimony related to agenda items.)
    • Recognition of Students, Staff and Community Members

(All items adopted by a single motion unless pulled for consideration)

  • Business
    • Approve Regular School Board Meeting Minutes from July 8, 2019
    • Bill Listing, Financial Statement
  • Personnel
    • Approve 2019-20 Contract for Jen Berry, Confidential Employee
    • Approve 2019-20 Contract for Tionie Kock,.5 FTE Confidential Employee
    • Approve 2019-20 Contract for Kim McKinney, Business Manager
    • Approve 2019-20 Contract for Kari Peters,.5 FTE Confidential Employee
    • Approve Contract for Mike Somnis, Principal
    • Approve final hire of Jessie Flynn, .94 Instructional Assistant
    • Approve hire of Mike Somnis, Head Football Coach
    • Approve hire of Steve Bird, Assistant Football Coach
    • Approve hire of Kyle Blagg, Assistant Football Coach
    • Approve hire of Gary Lewis, Middle School Head Football Coach
    • Approve hire of MJ Walker, Middle School Assistant Football Coach
    • Approve hire of Karissa Gorham, Head Volleyball Coach
    • Approve hire of Julie Justesen, Assistant Volleyball Coach
    • Approve hire of Kari Peters, Middle School Volleyball Coach
    • Approve hire of Kristen Stuart, Middle School Assistant Volleyball Coach
    • Superintendent Report – Wes Owens
    • Sherman County School K-12 Administrator Report – Mike Somnis
    • Athletic Director Report – Mike Somnis
    • Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony – October 19, 2019
    • 2018-2021 Strategic Plan Review
    • Draft of 2019-20 7-12 Class Master Schedule
    • Supervision and Office Structure
    • Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)’s Initial Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Training Information
    • Board Training Work Session Discussion
    • Audience Communications (Testimony related to non-agenda items.)
    • Next regular board meeting, September 9, 2019

Working Together To Put Student Success First!

3. Oregon Raceway Park Ambulance Service Change, Effective Aug. 1

car.pavementOregon Raceway Park’s local Ambulance Service is no longer available. We have reached out to other ambulance services and at this time this is what we can provide. If you can secure your own ambulance service for your event we would encourage you to do so. We would also appreciate learning of alternative services as we continue our search to find (or perhaps create) a qualified replacement for our previous provider. Any assistance you might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated and potentially beneficial to all users of the track. Thank you for your help and understanding.


{ } Metro West (Can provide 2 ALS Ambulances)

$77.25 per hour plus 6 hour travel time per unit

6 hour day: $927 per unit

8 hour day: $1,081.50 per unit

11 hour day: $1,313.25 per unit

*If the units are released after 5:00pm we will have to get the crews a hotel due to the amount of hours for the shift. If we have to purchase hotel rooms we will provide a receipt to you and pass the cost on directly with no increase.

{ } Mid- Columbia Fire & Rescue (Only 1 ALS Ambulance Available)

$180 per hour plus 2 hour travel time

6 hour day: $1,440

8 hour day: $1,800

11 hour day: $2,340

{ } I will provide my own ambulance service for my event.

We are continuing to work on a better pricing solution, thank you again for your patience and understanding.

4. Ruminating on the Positive

Do you know what it means to “ruminate?” Cows do it all the time. You see, when cows ruminate, they are chewing their cud over and over, in a repetitive process that is necessary to a cow’s well-being. However, if you are a human being, rumination on the negative can hurt instead of help you.

When you ruminate, you are preoccupied with rehashing perceived or real problems, over and over again. You don’t really resolve anything, but you become an expert at working yourself into a state of high stress that can sometimes lead to a downward spiral. After a while, you find yourself worrying not about the original problem, but about all of the images you have created while chewing on the problem – and you may have ranged far afield from the original challenge.

Despite this vicious cycle, the human mind has a built-in potential for flexibility. Something inside whispers, “There must be a better way.” If you pay attention and look for insight, there is a good chance you will find what you need.

Remember, human beings think in pictures. We are drawn to what we are thinking about. So, if we continue to ruminate and worry over the negative, we will be drawn to the negative. The opposite is also true: ruminate on the positive, on the solutions – even if you don’t know what they are yet – and you will be drawn to discovering the solution you are looking for.

The ability to take charge of your thoughts is not something most of us learn in school. However, it is an essential skill if you want to kick the worry habit and accomplish worthwhile goals. You can learn to substitute images of solutions instead of endlessly ruminating about problems, and you can affirm your ability to deal effectively and calmly with all challenges instead of worrying about possible failure.

Does changing your thinking really affect the outcomes and results you get? Absolutely! It has been proven time and time again. Why not try it for yourself and see? ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Heritage Grant is Now Open for Applications!

arrow-rightThe Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for qualified projects for the conservation, development and interpretation of Oregon’s cultural heritage. Awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000. Projects can include anything related to Oregon heritage, and priority will be given to projects that preserve, develop or interpret threatened heritage resources or heritage resources of statewide significance.

The grant application deadline is October 1, 2019.

Projects may include theatrical performances, collections preservation and access, exhibits, oral history projects, public education events, organizational archives projects, films and more. Previously funded projects included a variety of projects around the state.

“We hope to see projects from a variety of organizations that engage Oregonians in heritage,” states Kuri Gill, heritage grants program coordinator. “We encourage the documentation, preservation and exploration of all aspects of Oregon’s heritage.”

Applications are submitted online. There is plenty of support for preparing them.

“Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process,” notes Gill. Oregon Heritage grants programs staff is happy to discuss projects and review applications in advance.

To learn more about the grants, visit;; or contact Kuri Gill at<> or 503-986-0685.

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeSherman County Fair on Facebook

Oregon Raceway Park, Grass Valley, Oregon

Breaking Wind Lodge

Oregon Passed a Law to Take Guns From Troubled People. How’s It Working?

Brilliant Maps: Forest Cover Density Across The United States