Sherman County eNews #224


  1. Sherman County School Booster Club Annual Meeting, Sept. 10

  2. Sherman County Court Session, September 4

  3. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee Meeting, Sept. 10

  4. It’s all about the Numbers: BLM Releases Annual Almanac

  5. Sherman County History Tidbit: The Teacher in an E. Oregon Rural District

  6. Self-Worth and Behavior

  7. Oregon State Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

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

We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections. —John Adams (1797)

1. Sherman County School Booster Club Annual Meeting, Sept. 10

The Sherman County School Booster Club annual meeting will take place on September 10 at 5:30 p.m. at OSU Ext office, Burnet Building in Moro.

2. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, September 4

The Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. Agenda topics include Cindy Brown, OSU Extension vehicle; Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, PERS; Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Documents; Sherman County Public/School Library window replacement; Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities Inspection; Biggs Motel Property; Gorge Networks IGA; Consent Agenda; and Commissioners’ Reports.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

3. Notice. North Central Public Health District Executive Committee Meeting, Sept. 10

The North Central Public Health District Executive Committee will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 3:00PM. Meeting will be held at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

4. It’s all about the Numbers: BLM Releases Annual Almanac

compass3Portland, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon and Washington is proud to announce the release of the latest BLM Facts, our annual illustrated almanac answering the diverse and detailed questions one may have about public lands in the Pacific Northwest.

BLM Facts has lots of numbers, and those figures do tell a story. In most cases, your public lands are located within an hour’s drive from where you live or work. You can find an amazing array of resources and opportunities at almost any site you visit.

This 2018 report has the latest BLM news and updates – from wild and scenic rivers and exciting recreation sites to wildlife, cultural, and archaeological programs. BLM Facts also shares information about management plans for minerals and energy, forestry, mining, wild horses, and much more.

In addition to maintaining our commitment to delivering an updated volume every year, we continue to make improvements such as full-color maps, photos, and a plethora of timely, user-friendly data. You can read it online at:

You can also swing on by your local BLM Office to pick up your copy of BLM Facts:


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.

5. Sherman County History Tidbit: The Teacher in an E. Oregon Rural District

arrow-rightThe Teacher in an Eastern Oregon Rural District

By Miss Grace L. May  [later Mrs. Zevely]

Read at Class State Normal, Monmouth.

Source: Sherman County Observer, September 1, 1916

The rural school problem is becoming greater every year. Since it is one of the many problems that must be faced we should begin to consider the responsibility at once.

The main feature in an eastern Oregon rural community is the loneliness and the lack of co-operation and enjoyment of neighborhood life. The farm homes are usually from two to five miles apart. Almost their only connection is the country telephone, which is, indeed, a godsend when not over used.

I think the farmers themselves have the better time of it, for the discussions of crops and current events at the post office are often of more value than might be imagined. Since it is much more difficult for the farmer’s wife to leave her duties, she quite often leads a life of drudgery and loneliness. Then, too, there is so much to be done that she seldom has time for good reading if she happens to be lucky enough to have good books or magazines in her home.

Many families become so accustomed to the lack of ready money and the habit of eternally saving that they seldom venture from home for so much as a short vacation trip. The owning of automobiles is fast lessening many such difficulties but there are many families for whom a car is only a dream. Even so, automobiles are not necessity and people can be interested in their homes and in their community without automobiles.

The grave need of better trained persevering teachers is evident, but the average trained teacher dislikes to take a rural school for even one year. This is by no means a wonder for all know that a country school is generally a hard proposition and very often an extremely lonely one.

At this point comes the need for change and improvement. We sometimes wonder how one teacher can manage eight grades, be a social leader and exert some of the other influences that a rural teacher is supposed to have. Here is where some of the funds that the country district must have could be used to advantage.

We hear much about the farmer being the mainstay in the nation and we are coming to realize that this is true. Rural credit systems and improved farming methods are doing much to make the farmer more independent, but the farmer would be greatly helped if more attention were given the schools. True, many wonderful changes have been brought about in the last ten years, but year before last the rural school enrolled over half of all the pupils in the United States and sixty per cent of these were in one room buildings. The startling fact is, that at the same time the nation was spending three times as much to educate the city boy as the country boy.

Of course this isn’t fair to the country child, nor is it fair to the country teacher. The need for trained teachers would be more easily met if consolidation and more co-operative work were made possible. I know of a community in eastern Oregon where there is a good two-room school building next the railroad. This school has a large enrollment and often more grades than one teacher can well handle. Four miles on each side there are small one-room buildings, poorly built and equipped and poorly attended. Co-operation of the three districts has been suggested but as yet no action has been taken. Three $60 salaries are now being paid to untrained teachers, where the same money would hire two competent teachers who could give more by their combined efforts than the three. Consolidation is not practical in some country districts, but in others it is and one of the responsibilities of the present teachers is to encourage the idea.

As it is, the trained teacher who goes to the rural districts should have many ideals for her school. Only of late have we heard anything of the advantages for work offered in the country districts. Of course work is plentiful in the city and work is what we want, but what about the enjoyment of the reward offered: “Teaching demands that you shall give — give yourself — and he who gives most receives most.” Because of the many channels for a teacher’s effort I believe the country is the best place to see comparatively quick results.

The work of the rural teacher is indeed varied but in a broad sense of the term it may all be classed as social work. Her leadership, her educational work and all the influences she has on a community affect its social system in some way.

Great, indeed, must be the reward of a teacher when he knows that even one person has been strongly influenced for good through his efforts. What a God-given work is that of the rural teacher! In her hands, I believe, as much as in any other lies the welfare of the nation.

6. Self-Worth and Behavior

Whether you are raising kids or trying to improve your own self-esteem, the relationship between who you are and what you do is important. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or simply trying to build your own self-esteem, it is important to realize that we need to separate our sense of self-worth from our behavior.

Imagine this scene: A three-year-old asks repeatedly, “Mama, do you love me?” Each time, Mom answers, “Of course I do.” Then the child takes her hand and leads her to a broken vase or shattered toy and looks at Mother questioningly.

Here is a little child, on this earth only three short years, already asking one of the most profound psychological questions any of us can ask: “Is my ability to be loved tied to what I do? Am I the same as my behavior?” The answer for most of us, no matter how old we are, should be the same, “No, indeed!”

The importance of this point cannot be overemphasized. To increase self-worth, it is vital that we respond to behavior while remaining friendly and respectful toward the person. This means that when a child misbehaves, we should not call him a “bad boy.” And when a child does what we want her to, we should not say, “What a good girl!” In either instance, we want to comment on the behavior – with celebration of something done well, or a clear “next time” picture to change the negative behavior – and hug the child.

Psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists are likely to disagree with at least part of this premise, when it comes to those with out of control mental illnesses – those classified as clinical sociopaths and psychopaths, and those with other mental disorders. And they are correct to disagree. But for the majority of people, we want to make sure that the self-worth is in line with positive, contributive behaviors, and not vice versa.

One other caveat for adults: While we are not simply what we do, our actions are a reflection of what we think. So, if the actions you see yourself taking do not line up with the person you think you are, then perhaps it’s time for some much-needed self-reflection. Step outside yourself and look at what you do and how you act. If it is not what you’d like to see, you do have the power to change. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Oregon State Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.pole~Created: 29 August 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

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

6,607: People whose personal information was exposed in a phishing attack at the Oregon Judicial Department last month, the judicial department said this week.

6.3: Magnitude earthquake that struck off the southwest Oregon coast, according to CNN.

3.4: Miles deep the earthquake occurred.

$1.6 billion: “Kicker” tax rebate that Oregonians will receive next year, according to The Oregonian.

$1.4 billion: Amount state economists predicted the size of next year’s rebate would be several months ago.

39: Age of Jessi Combs, who died Tuesday, Aug. 27 in Southeast Oregon’s Alvord Desert trying to break a land speed record in a “supersonic vehicle made from the fuselage of a jet plane,” according to NBC News.

546: Height, in feet, of the Wells Fargo building in Portland. The tallest skyscraper in the state, it was closed Thursday due to flooding.

14: Oregon counties that have not recovered the jobs lost during the Great Recession, according to Willamette Week, citing Oregon Center for Public Policy data. They are Baker, Crook, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Klamath, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Umatilla and Union counties.

1894: Year the heat record for Astoria, Oregon on Tuesday, Aug. 27 was set, at 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

91: Tuesday’s high temperature in Astoria, breaking the 125-year-old record, according to The Oregonian.

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