Sherman County eNews #230

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 4

  2. Sherman County Court August 21 Minutes Now Online

  3. Sherman County Court News, Aug. 21

  4. Sharing Our Stories: Free Community-Based Heritage Planning Workshop

  5. Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, Sept. 10

  6. Drug/Alcohol-Impaired Driving Is Dangerous Driving

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

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


1. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 4

~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 September 4, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • Heard from Cindy Brown, OSU Extension, requesting a written bid from the Court, to present to OSU, for the retired Veterans’ Services vehicle.
  • Heard from Debbie Hayden, Finance director, regarding the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Employer Investment Fund. She explained the purpose of the fund, and the amount the County would need to contribute to partake in the program. She requested approval of the Court to submit a program application.
  • Motioned to allow Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, to submit a Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Employer Investment Fund application.
  • Motioned to approve proposal from Bend Commercial Glass in the amount of $13,548, to replace Sherman County Library windows.
  • Discussed setting up a tour of Northern Oregon Regional Facilities (NORCOR)
  • Discussed surplusing County owned property in Biggs Junction.

2. Sherman County Court August 21 Minutes Now Online

Approved minutes of the August 21, 2019 Regular Session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes https://www.co.sherman.or.us/county-meeting-minutes-archive/


3. Sherman County Court News, Aug. 21

Contact: Kristi Brown 541-565-3416

Quarterly Report, Legislative Session Overview, and Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 2 (i) Personnel, were the main topics on the agenda during the August 21st session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Nate Stice, Regional Solutions, presented his quarterly report. He had been working with Business Oregon and the Department of Environmental Quality regarding building code issues with Evergreen Holdings in Grass Valley. Worked with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to submit a Travel Oregon grant application to assist in funding the Cottonwood Canyon cell tower project. He met with the Grass Valley City Council, the Department of Environmental Quality, and Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to work on a new waste water treatment facility in Grass Valley.

Representative Greg Smith provided a recap of the Legislative session. He reviewed House Bill 2020, the Cap and Trade Bill, stating that while the Bill had been delayed during the 2019 session, it would not be going away, and will be brought back for the February 2020 session. He explained the difficulty with the Bill lies in how to work together to reduce pollution, but at the same time protect business and industry.

The Student Success Bill passed, providing $2 billion in additional investments into schools. Approximately $400 – $600 million will be invested into Early Childhood Education. Around $1 billion will go into the class rooms directly, to shrink down larger class sizes, and provide funding for vital programs in smaller communities. The remaining third of the funding will go into many other categories for children, such as mental health. He reassured those dollars were intended to go into the classroom, and not to backfill PERS as previously debated.

A Commercial Activity Tax was passed, in order to generate revenue for the Student Success bill. This tax will affect all companies that have gross sales of over $1 million. Businesses grossing under $1 million, along with cooperatives, growers, and food processors, whose products are sold out of the state, will be exempt from this tax. Representative Smith stated while he supported the Bill, working hard to get a yes vote, and have exemptions added, he did not vote for it; due to the denial to allow Business and Industries the ability to write and present a tax packet for the bill.

The review of the Measure 11 reform passed, allowing juvenile Measure 11 offenders to be eligible for a review of sentence mid-way through their sentence. The review would not automatically mean they will be released, but rather give the opportunity for the sentence to be looked at. Representative Smith stated he was in favor of the Bill, as he believed juveniles who were sentenced under Measure 11, would have had years to mature at the time of review. He also noted individuals who worked in the jail system supported the Bill, as it provided inmates an incentive to be good, which helped maintain safety within jails.

Motion to enter in Executive Session in Accordance ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel. Entered into Executive Session at 10:00 a.m. Discussion was held on employee credit cards. Exited Executive Session at 10:07 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved the 2019-2021 Tri- County Community Corrections Plan, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign letter of approval.
  • Approved the Intergovernmental Agreement #5857 between the State of Oregon Department of Corrections and Sherman County, to provide correctional services, from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign.
  • Approved an Intergovernmental Agreement between Gilliam County, Jefferson County, Wheeler County and Sherman County creating Frontier Regional 911 Agency, as revised.
  • Supported the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council Justice Reinvestment Grant, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign letter of support.
  • Granted the Sherman County District Attorney the authority to sign the 2019 VOCA/CFA application award documents, and authorized Judge Dabulskis to sign letter of authorization.
  • Surplused the Demoss Park Bandstand, and the Hoctor Mobile Home.
  • Approved the April 10-17, 2019, Budget Committee Minutes for the 2019-2020 Budget session, as corrected.
  • Approved minutes of August 7, 2019 County Court session, as presented.
  • Approved the July 2019 Revenue/Expenditure Summary.
  • Approved the July 2019 Treasurer’s Report, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Written Quarterly Report, Downtown Improvement Fund Deadline, Fiber Project, Surplus Buildings, Ted Swindells, and Commissioner Reports.


4. Sharing Our Stories: Free Community-Based Heritage Planning Workshop

Free; Registration Required

Are you aiming to create or rejuvenate an exhibit, Main Street signage project, walking tour, website, annual event, or other heritage-related project? Interested in reaching out to more than just the usual suspects? Wondering how to find, engage, and involve community members whose stories aren’t widely known?

This interactive workshop offers new ideas and best practices for interpreting your community’s history from multiple viewpoints and perspectives. Imagine ways to go beyond the standard timeline approach, focusing on people, places, and experiences that continue to shape and influence life in your community.

Working in small groups, guided by a veteran interpretive planner, you’ll practice brainstorming and concept development, and develop unique, authentic visitor experiences. Finally, you will apply inclusive planning principles to a current project from your own institution. Presented by Alice Parman, interpretive consultant.

*Each organization represented at the workshop will receive a copy of “Exhibit Makeovers: A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums,” second edition.

Offered at Five Locations:

October 14, 1-4:30pm, Deschutes Historical Society, Bend

October 21, 1-4:30pm, Cannon Beach Historical Society

October 28, 9:30am – 1pm, Coos History Museum, Coos Bay

November 4, 9:30am – 1pm, Klamath County Museum, Klamath Falls

November 18, 9:30am – 1pm, Tualatin Historical Society

Registration

Free; Registration Required

Online: https://store.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=&itemTypeId=2

Download a Registration form at: http://www.oregonheritage.org

For more information, contact Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov or 503-986-0696.


5. Notice. Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, Sept. 10

Public Notice of Board Meeting: The Sherman County Public/School Library will be holding a board meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30 pm.


6. Drug/Alcohol-Impaired Driving Is Dangerous Driving

Remember: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.

Every day, millions of drivers flood America’s streets, driving to and from work, school, and social events. The importance drivers place on safe driving cannot be understated. Refraining from drinking and driving and distracted driving, choosing to wear a seat belt, and following the speed limit are all positive behaviors that help keep drivers, passengers, and other road users safe.

Unfortunately, many drivers taking prescription, over-the-counter, or illegal drugs do not consider the drug’s effect on their driving skills. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is clear that any form of impaired driving is illegal regardless of whether the impairment is caused by drugs or alcohol. It doesn’t matter what term is used, if a person is high, stoned, wasted, or drunk he or she is impaired. Driving while impaired by any substance is illegal and can be deadly to the driver and other road users. It’s that simple. If you are driving under the influence of any drug, legal or illegal, you can be arrested for a DUI. Help us spread this life-saving message for drivers: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.


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

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 05 September 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

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

1: Reported deaths related to vaping in Oregon, according to Willamette Week. If confirmed, it would be the second death as a result of vaping — using e-cigarettes to smoke — nationally.

1,500: Approximate number of signatures that the Oregon AFL-CIO has gathered in support of an initiative petition to restrict self-checkout machines at Oregon grocery stores.

2: Machines each store could have at any given time under the petition.

112,020: Signatures the petition needs to qualify for the ballot, according to KATU.

53: Portland employees that Nestle plans to lay off this fall, according to The Oregonian.

4,000: Employees it expects to lay off nationwide in its frozen pizza and ice cream organizations, The Oregonian reports.

$0.35: Amount more per hour that Oregon’s home care and personal support workers can expect to make in the next two years, under a new contract with the Oregon Department of Human Services, according to SEIU Local 503.

30,000: Estimated number of home care and personal support workers in the state.

51: Children with special needs that state officials have brought back to Oregon after being placed in facilities outside the state, according to The Associated Press. The state faced an outcry over the treatment of children in foster care who were sent out of state.

37: Oregon kids who are still out of state.


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

bird.owl.limbSherman County Historical Museum

Oregon Sen. Wyden: Tax e-cigs like real cigs

OHA Investigating What Could Be Oregon’s 1st Vaping-Related Death

Opinion: CCO 2.0: Tougher Goals But Same Philosophy For Oregon’s Coordinated Care System 

Food Kits from U.S. Program to Feed Vulnerable Syrians Diverted to Terrorists

USAID from the American People

Brilliant Maps: The Known World According To Herodotus In The 5th Century BC


 

Sherman County eNews #229

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

eNEWS 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.

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 HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM, SEPT. 14. A Night at the Museum. Limited tickets available for this fundraiser event. Local brews and local catering for a great Night at the Museum. VIP ticket holders will be bused to a surprise location in the county, receive a special brew sample with appetizers, an exclusive tour of the mystery venue and then bused back for the dinner/auction event. It will be a great event showcasing local breweries that are bringing their favorite brews and an evening at the museum with dinner and an amazing silent auction. VIP tickets $50 & Regular tickets (dinner/auction) $35. Call 541-565-3232. Thank you in advance for supporting this event and we will see you Sept. 14th! 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Thread-and-needleVOLUNTEER FOR QUILTS FOR COPS WORKSHOP. 8 more “Quilts for Cops” needed. 6 officers in Philadelphia and 2 in Oregon. Consider joining us for the Quilts for Cops” workshop here in Wasco on September 21. 9-4:30. $35.00 includes kit/pattern and food. Please pre-register so they know how many kits to bring or send a donation to me, just write check to Quilts for Cops. It costs about $20-25 to send each quilt to the recipient. Carol MacKenzie. PO Box 85 Wasco, Or 97065. 9/13

Participate in the process of your community and country.

One person can make a difference.

Take a stand.

Do something about it.

Look hard at your larger community

–it may need your specific participation.

–Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey 

EMPLOYMENT:

CHILD CARE PROVIDERS. ABC Huskies Child Care currently has available two (2) full-time and two (2) part-time Assistant Provider positions. Applicants must be able to work flexible hours and experience is preferred but will train. For an application and further details, you may contact Mika at 541-442-5024 or email abchuskies@yahoo.com. Employment application is available on our website at www.abchuskiesdaycare.com.  If you love children, this is a great opportunity to work with professional child care providers in a home-like environment!  9/13 

SERVICES:

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

NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION:

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FOR SALE:

LAWN MOWER. Husqvarna 23hp riding lawn mower with 48″ mower deck, only 47 hours and new battery. $1,000 or OBO. Contact: (541) 980-3406. 9/27 

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. 

LOST OR FOUND:

WANTED:

sewing.machine.womanVOLUNTEERS FOR QUILTS FOR COPS WORKSHOP. 8 more “Quilts for Cops” needed. 6 officers in Philadelphia and 2 in Oregon. Consider joining us for the Quilts for Cops” workshop here in Wasco on September 21. 9-4:30. $35.00 includes kit/pattern and food. Please pre-register so they know how many kits to bring or send a donation to me, just write check to Quilts for Cops. It costs about $20-25 to send each quilt to the recipient. Carol MacKenzie. PO Box 85 Wasco, Or 97065.

pencil.sharpYOUR STORIES. Sherman County: For The Record Calls for Stories: AFS Exchange Students! Editor Gladys Wesley is working on the next issue of Sherman County: For The Record and needs your stories. She would like to receive stories from AFS exchange students about where they were from, their time in Sherman County, life after Sherman County and what they are doing now. She has one from Penny which was on FB and is a good example of what she is looking for. Please send the stories to Gladys at the email address info@shermanmuseum.org with subject line FTR Story. ~Sherman County Historical Society

arrow-rightSHERMAN COUNTY ARTISTS & CRAFTERS! It is not too late 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. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

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

THE TIMES-JOURNAL, September 5th, 2019: Athletic Schedules for regional schools, page 5. 

books.loveSEPTEMBER

7 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

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

7 RiverFest: Our Rivers, Our Way of Life 10-4 Columbia Park, Kennewick

9 Sherman County School Board Meeting 7

9 Hans the Produce Guy 4:30-6 Rufus Market

10 Hans the Produce Guy 8-9:30 Wasco Market

10 Hans the Produce Guy 9:45-11:05 Sage Mountain Primitives, Moro

10 Hans the Produce Guy 11:30-12:20 Grass Valley Market

10 Hans the Produce Guy 1-2 Shaniko Wagon Barn

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

10 Sherman County Booster Club Annual Meeting 5:30 OSU Extension Office

11 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

11 Rufus City Council 7

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

14 A Night at the Museum – Sherman County Historical Society Benefit 541-565-3232

14 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Meeting 10:30 Discovery Center

16 Hans the Produce Guy 4:30-6 Rufus Market

17 Hans the Produce Guy 8-9:30 Wasco Market

17 Hans the Produce Guy 9:45-11:05 Sage Mountain Primitives, Moro

17 Hans the Produce Guy 11:30-12:20 Grass Valley Market

17 Hans the Produce Guy 1-2 Shaniko Wagon Barn

17 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 4 The Dalles

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

21 Quilts for Cops Workshop 9-4:30 Wasco School Events Center

23 Hans the Produce Guy 4:30-6 Rufus Market

24 Hans the Produce Guy 8-9:30 Wasco Market

24 Hans the Produce Guy 9:45-11:05 Sage Mountain Primitives, Moro

24 Hans the Produce Guy 11:30-12:20 Grass Valley Market

24 Hans the Produce Guy 1-2 Shaniko Wagon Barn

24 Sherman County School Dental Screening

24 Mid-Columbia Community Action Council Meeting 5:30 The Dalles

25-26 Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference, Ontario

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

27 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 2

sports-volley-ballOCTOBER

1 Moro City Council 7

2 Sherman County Court 9

2 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Church of Christ social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

3 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

5 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

7 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation Meeting 10-12 Sherman

7 Grass Valley City Council 7 City Hall

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

9 Rufus City Council 7

9 Sherman County Scholarship Association 5:30 Library

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

14 COLUMBUS DAY

14 Sherman County School Board Meeting 7

15 Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting 1:30

15 Tri-County Community Corrections Board Meeting 3:30 Gilliam County

15 Wasco City Council 7

16 Sherman County Court 9

19 Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Celebration

20 Afternoon of Sherman County Talent (art show, silent auction) 2-5 Wasco School Events Center Benefit

23 Tri-County Court Meeting 10-2 Fossil

31 HALLOWEEN