Sherman County eNews #244


  1. National Weather Service Forecast for Snow in the Cascades; Travelers Be Ready

  2. May 19, 2020 Primary Election Notice

  3. Letter to the editor: Poll to make County Judge race non-partisan

  4. Bonneville Navigation Lock returning to service

  5. Living Our Values

  6. North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 8

1. National Weather Service Forecast for Snow in the Cascades; Travelers Be Ready

September 26, 2019

Oregon.Flat.poleBEND– The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for this weekend that includes snow in the Cascades and perhaps on the floor of the high desert in Central Oregon.

The snow forecast means that travelers should be ready for hazardous travel conditions, with the possibility of slick, snow covered roads and poor visibility between Saturday and Monday. By Monday, there could be snow as low as 2,500 feet, covering central and southeast Oregon.

Ahead of the storm, ODOT is moving snow removal equipment into strategic locations along the Cascade pass routes, but motorists should anticipate hazardous driving conditions across the mountain passes.

ODOT urges motorists to drive for the inclement weather by slowing down and turning off cruise controls.

Drivers traveling throughout Oregon during hazardous weathershould or cal 511to be aware of current highway hazards.

In addition ODOT recommends the following safety precautions:

Be patient. Go slow.

Keep fuel tank full (in case you get stuck in a road closure).

Carry emergency supplies (water, food, warm clothes, flashlight, etc.).

Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

Keep cell phone charged up (but don’t use it while driving).

Watch weather conditions throughout the day and anticipate the next snow storm. Current road conditions may get worse.

Tune to local radio stations for update travel information.

ODOT appreciates the patience of travelers who delay their trips and the cooperation of the traveling public to keep our highways passable. For the latest driving conditions visit, or call 511 for highway information.

2. May 19, 2020 Primary Election Notice

This is a list of public offices for which the Sherman County Clerk’s Office will accept declarations of candidacy or petitions for nomination for the May 19, 2020 Primary Election. At the primary electors vote on partisan candidates, who then advance to the November 3, 2020 General Election. Federal, State and nonpartisan County offices will also be up for election.

Candidates can file for office from September 12, 2019 until the deadline of 5:00pm on March 10, 2020. Those interested in filing for one of the offices listed below can file at the County Clerk’s office by fee or petition: 1) submit form SEL 101 and pay a $50 filing fee; 2) submit form SEL 101 and petition to obtain signatures. Clerk’s office staff will provide approval to circulate the petition. Once signatures are collected and verified, the candidate has filed for office.

Anyone wishing to file for office must be a citizen of the United States, an elector (registered voter), and Sherman County resident for 1 year prior to the election. Other specific requirements for nonpartisan offices are available here:

Partisan Office:
Major political party candidates will be nominated for this office at the primary and elected at the November 3, 2020 General Election:

County Commissioner, Position 1 – 4 year term (Current: Joan Bird)

Nonpartisan Offices:
Candidates for the following nonpartisan office may be elected at the primary; no filing fee or petition is required:

Justice of the Peace – 6 year term (Current: Ron McDermid)

Candidates for the following nonpartisan offices will be nominated at the primary and elected at the general election.

County Sheriff – 4 year term (Current: Brad A. Lohrey)
County Clerk – 4 year term (Current: Jenine McDermid)

To file for office, please contact the Sherman County Clerk’s office at 541-565-3606. The office is located in the courthouse at 500 Court Street in Moro. Election forms and manuals are available there or online at: Before filing please review the campaign finance disclosure requirements which are available at the clerk’s office, and briefly discussed here:

Precinct Committeeperson (PCP) Information:
The Precinct Committeeperson (PCP) statutes changed with the passage of SB 224 during the 2019 Oregon Legislative session. Filing forms are available at the Clerk’s Office or online at the Elections Division. These changes include:
• Discontinues filing by gender
• One PCP for every 250 voters, 2 PCP minimum per precinct
• Date to calculate number of PCPs per precinct is 251 days before the primary election
• First day to file is 250 days before the primary election. (September 30, 2019 this year only, due to when the law goes into effect)
• Individual can file in their resident precinct, or adjacent precinct, or any precinct in their State Representative district, within the same county
• Write-in votes will only be tallied if declaration or nomination forms have been filed by the deadline
• A minimum of 3 votes is still required to be elected

There are 3 ways to run for Precinct Committeeperson (PCP):

1. Candidate Filing Form
• Deadline to file: March 10, 2020 5:00pm using Form SEL 105
• Must be a member of stated party at least 180 days prior to the filing deadline per ORS 249.046 (September 12, 2019)
• Certification of Election will be issued.

2. Write-in Candidate Declaration
• Deadline to file: May 19, 2020 8:00pm using Form SEL 105D
• Must be a member of stated party at least 180 days prior to the primary election, per ORS 248.015(4); (November 21, 2019)
• No write-in acceptance form will be issued, as candidate has attested they will serve if elected. Certificate of Election will be issued, if elected.

3. Write-in Candidate Nomination
• Deadline to file: May 19, 2020 8:00pm using Form SEL 105N
• Must be a member of stated party at least 180 days prior to the primary election, per ORS 248.015(4); (November 21, 2019)
• Candidate will be sent a write-in acceptance form, if elected. If acceptance form is received by deadline, Certificate of Election will be issued.
• Nominator and candidate must be a member of the same party and the same State Representative district, within the same county.

3. Letter to the editor: Poll to make County Judge race non-partisan

Re: Poll to make County Judge race non-partisan

Sherman County eNews #243

83% Yes

17% No

In other words, these poll-voters want their County Judges to run in non-partisan races.

Or is it that they are hoping their elected officials will behave in non-partisan ways while in office?

Historically, parties espoused distinct moral, social and economic philosophies. Nowadays the major parties have merged into common indistinguishable Keynesian philosophies that are more like sports teams than political parties.

However, the minor parties do have distinct philosophies. For example, The Libertarian Party is staunchly against Big Government and its encroachment on the rights of individuals such as Conscience, Life, Liberty and Property. The Pacific Green party puts the environment above all else. And the Constitution Party wants to limit government to an originalist reading of the Constitution.

Virtually everyone has a philosophy that should align to a greater or lesser degree with a political party. Candidates who have no belief or are embarrassed by their beliefs can always run as “unaffiliated.”

If a candidate has a political affiliation, it should be on the ballot next to their name. It is an aid for voters.

Mike Montchalin

Pendleton, Oregon

4. Bonneville Navigation Lock returning to service

PORTLAND-Ore. – The Bonneville Navigation Lock will reopen to Columbia River traffic between 10 p.m. Friday, September 27 and 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 28, depending on the results of final operational testing.

Engineers from the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are conducting inspections and tests on the lock and the newly repaired concrete sill.

“Our engineers and experts have identified this 12-hour window as our target reopening,” said Liza Wells, chief, Engineering and Construction. We are currently working with the U.S. Coast Guard, which manages river traffic, and all river users to ensure safe and timely passage through the lock.”

The navigation lock was originally scheduled to return to service Sept. 30. However, round-the-clock construction and favorable weather conditions allowed for the accelerated opening.

Portland District closed the navigation lock Sept. 5 after lock operators detected problems with the lock during operation. Engineers drained the lock on Sept. 6, performed an inspection and discovered the downstream concrete sill, a structure against which lock gates create a water-tight seal, was damaged and needed replacement. The Corps closed the lock to vessels to repair the concrete sill, which required removing the existing sill and placing concrete for a new replacement sill.

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5. Living Our Values

If you are single and looking for a long-term relationship or marriage but are having trouble finding a partner or spouse, here are some suggestions for you – and they don’t involve an Internet site or smartphone app to swipe. However, they do involve two vital points: truly knowing yourself, and clearly knowing what you want.

First, do you know specifically what kind of person you are looking for? What qualities do you value in a mate, and how do you judge whether a person has those qualities?

Do you have a clear picture of what your relationship with your partner will be like, including how you will treat each other, how you will deal with conflict, what your social life will look like? You see, the clearer your values are, and the clearer your picture is of the kind of person you are looking for, the likelier it is that you will end up with what you want.

Do you have issues from your family of origin or other relationships that might prevent you from enjoying this kind of happiness? Would some counseling or group support help eliminate these obstacles?

Finally, do you live in a way that is consistent with what you want in a relationship? Because, in the end, it is far more important to be the right person than it is to find the right person.

It is difficult to attract anyone who is better or more successful or kinder than you are comfortable with, or believe in your heart of hearts you deserve. If you work on your mental pictures and your growth as an individual first, you will recognize and be ready for the right person when that person comes along.

Incidentally, this same process works when we are looking for business colleagues or business partners. We need to understand and live our corporate values first, and have a clear, concise picture of what we are looking for in a business partner. Then we will be ready to engage with the best possible partners on our corporate path forward. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 8

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Senior’s & People with Disabilities office, located at 3641 Klindt Drive, in the Klickitat Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.