Sherman County eNews #241


  1. 8th Annual Max Nogle Dinner, Auction, Dance, Nov. 16

  2. Sherman County Court News, Sept. 4

  3. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, Sept. 4

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 18

  5. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

  6. Hunting in Cottonwood Canyon State Park

  7. Springboard for the Future

1. 8th Annual Max Nogle Dinner, Auction, Dance, Nov. 16

The 8th Max Nogle Dinner-Auction-Dance will be held at the Grass Valley Pavilion on Saturday, November 16 beginning at 5 pm. Proceeds will go toward continuing improvements to the pavilion. Come and enjoy an evening of good food and fun. AND get a look at the upgraded kitchen!

2. Sherman County Court News, Sept. 4 

Sherman County Court, September 4, 2019

By Temporary Administrative Assistant Kristi Brown

OSU Vehicle, PERS, Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Documents, and Avangrid Wind Farm/Solar Farm Tour were the main items on the agenda during the September 4th session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Cindy Brown, OSU Extension, requested a written quote from the County, for the retired Veterans’ Services Chevrolet Traverse. Due to OSU’s policy, in order to purchase the vehicle from the County she would need to provide them with three comparable quotes. She will report back after the quotes have been submitted.

Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, presented information on the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Employer Investment Fund, explaining the program was created to help entities pay off unfunded liability, by reducing employer contribution rates. Public Employers will be offered up to 25% in match funding, after making a lump-sum contribution into a new Side Account. Hayden presented two funding options; if the County made a $320,000 contribution, and received $80,000 in match funding, a $400,000 side account would be created, and over 20 years the county would have projected savings of $692,037.44. If a $1.2 million contribution was made, with $300,000 match, a $1.5 million side account would be created, and have a projected savings of $2,595,140.40 over a 20-year period. Hayden requested the Court authorize her to submit an application, to determine the County’s eligibility to receive match funding. Court motioned to allow Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, to submit a Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Employer Investment Fund application.

Court entered into Executive Session in Accordance ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Documents. Entered Executive Session at 9:27 a.m. Discussion was held on a Rental Housing Grant application. Exited Executive Session at 9:30 a.m. Court motioned to approve the Rental Development Grant application for Kathy Hine to build six new rental units, in the amount of $60,000, and authorize Judge Dabulskis to approve project completion and authorize final payment.

Court recessed to tour Avangrid Wind/Solar Farm at 10:50 a.m.

Court reconvened at Avangrid Wind/Solar Farm at 2:00 p.m.

County Court received a site tour from Avangrid employees. The tour began with the Court hearing about the functional procedures of wind energy, and potential new projects. Followed by viewing a Wind Nacelle, a Wind Tower, and a Solar Farm.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • Approved proposal from Bend Commercial Glass in the amount of $13,548, to replace Sherman County Library windows.
  • Approved minutes of August 21, 2019 County Court session, as presented.
  • Approved the August 2019 Claims.

Topics of discussion were Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities (NORCOR) Inspection, Biggs Motel Property, Policies – Mileage and Visa, Thank You Card- OYCC, Building Codes, Windwave/Inland Development Contract, and Commissioner Reports.

3. Notice. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, Sept. 4

Approved minutes of the September 4, 2019 Sherman County Court’s Regular Session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

4. Notice. Sherman County Court Notes, Sept. 18

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 18, 2019, and in conducting the business of the County,

  • Heard from Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), presenting a proposal to update Sherman County Community Transit’s Coordinated Transportation Plan. Court motioned to approve the proposal and agreement to contract with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), for an update of the Sherman County Coordinated Transportation Plan.
  • Heard from Dan Bubb, Gorge Networks, who gave an explanation of the proposals the Court had received. Court motioned to approve Gorge Networks proposal to extend fiber to the Planning Department, Weed District, RV Park and Fairgrounds, with a non-recurring installation charge of $7,291, and a recurring monthly charge of $259.85; this motion amends the previous motion passed, July 17, 2019.
  • Heard from Bryan Hunt, Veterans Services, requesting approval to hire a part time employee. Court requested more information.
  • Heard from Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, regarding the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Investment Fund, and the County’s Transitional Liability. Court motioned to authorize Debbie Hayden, Finance Director, to payoff Sherman County’s Transitional Liability in the amount of $333,073.00, and make a contribution of $1.2 million, in order to generate $300,000.00 in matching funds, to create a new side account.
  • Heard from members of the DeMoss family requesting time to research, and establish funding to restore the DeMoss Park Bandstand. Court conceded to allow the family time for the project.
  • Motioned to approve the 2019 payment amount of $590, to eligible recipients of Sherman County’s Resident Compensation.
  • Motioned to approve Resolution No. 06-09-2019 transferring Revenue Funds within the Tri-County Veterans Fund.
  • Motioned to approve the Fiber Development contract between Inland Development, and Sherman County.
  • Recommended Mike Smith, Caitlin Blagg, Cindy Brown, Kristen Slatt, Ashley Danielson, and Nadja McConville, be appointed, or reappointed to the Sherman County Local Community Advisory Council (LCAC).
  • Recommended Rita Wilson be appointed to the North Central Regional Solutions Advisory Committee.
  • Accepted Oregon State University’s Purchase Order, in the amount of $17,347.00 for the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse.

5. Oregon 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.

  • 2,000: Signatures supporters of an initiative petition to require gun owners to store their guns securely have collected as of this week.
  • 112,020: Signatures petition supporters must get by July 2, 2020, in order to get on the state ballot in 2020.
  • 40: Percentage of Oregon students in grades 3-8 proficient in math, according to The Oregonian.
  • 52: In reading.
  • 20,000: Oregon students who got parental permission to opt out of the standardized math exams.
  • 17,000: Oregon students who got parental permission to opt out of the standardized reading and writing exams.
  • 400: Additional workers Amazon plans to hire in its Portland office, according to The Oregonian.
  • 84,000: Square feet of office space the company leased in Portland’s Broadway Tower last year.
  • 2018: Year state Rep. Christine Drazan, R-Canby, was elected to the House. Drazan, a former legislative staffer, was elected leader of the House Republicans Monday.
  • 4: Percent of Oregonians who are unemployed, an “all-time low,” according to The Columbian.

6. Hunting in Cottonwood Canyon State Park

Just a short week away marks the buck opener at Cottonwood Canyon. Nothing quite beats waking up before dawn and getting to that perfect hunting spot among the sage brush.

With almost 17,000 acres, Cottonwood has a lot of room to roam, but remember, you’re not alone!

With minimal public hunting opportunities in the East and West Biggs Unit (two of the hunting units within Cottonwood Canyon) many hunters are drawn to the park. You will never be too far from other people. Always keep safety in mind while hunting, wearing hunter orange is highly encouraged.

As with any Oregon State Park, people come to enjoy many different activities. Hunters should be aware of users who may be in the park engaged in other activities. Other park users should also be aware of hunting activity within the park and plan accordingly.

Where to hunt is a common question. Always be aware of your location. While hunting is welcomed within the park boundaries; crossing onto private property to hunt is not allowed without landowner permission. Paper maps are available at park headquarters and can be also be viewed here. For those planning to use digital mapping software (such as onX), be prepared by per-downloading your intended hunting area.

There is no cell service within Cottonwood Canyon State Park.

Within the park boundary, hunting is allowed outside of developed areas. Hunting areas begin approximately 1 mile from most trailheads, marked by signs stating “Hunting permitted beyond this point.” Hunting is not permitted within the campground area, park headquarters, the end of Starvation Lane parking lot, or Starvation Ranch. Never shoot toward a developed area, property, or people.

Planning to camp at the park? We have options. While camping is not permitted in most parking lots, Cottonwood has a number of areas for rent as well as back country camping opportunities. Check out our “know before you go section.”  Have any issues during your time? Contact park staff with questions or concerns. Fish and game violations should be directed to Oregon State Police.

7. Springboard for the Future

Are you worried about losing your job? Maybe you’ve already lost a job and worry that you won’t find another. When you lose your job, for whatever reason, you can be thrown for a loop.

If your skills and experience are in great demand it might not bother you much. However, if you work in an industry that is having hard times, or going through tremendous change, you may wonder how you are going to survive.

In fact, you may spend a lot of time imagining all the terrible things that could happen to you and your family if you don’t find work soon. And if you can’t imagine these things, then you can simply turn on the television news, or check out your news feed, and you can see it in glorious, living color.

It is important to know that those things you are imagining, over and over again in your mind – those negative pictures of poverty, doom and gloom – have a great deal of power. Neuroscience research points out that negativity has a stronger influence on our perceptions, beliefs, attitudes and memories. Our negative vocabulary is even more richly descriptive than our positive vocabulary. All of this affects the decisions we make. It is easy to see how we inevitably move toward and become like what we think about.

So, avoid dwelling on the disastrous possibilities of unemployment. Instead, put your mental energy into imagining not what you don’t want, but what you do want. See yourself energetically and confidently moving into a new work situation. Affirm yourself as a valuable employee with transferable skills and an excellent “can do” attitude. See your family growing closer as you support each other to success.

Ultimately, you want to train yourself to stop the negative thoughts before they can get a toe-hold, and create a dominant picture that is positive and reinforcing of the future you want. You will automatically behave in ways that will bring about success. Have confidence in the fact that this is how your brain is made, and use this as a springboard for your future. ~The Pacific Institute