Sherman County eNews #230


  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


– 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 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

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


Free; Registration Required


Download a Registration form at:

For more information, contact 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

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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