Sherman County eNews #249


  1. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Oct. 15

  2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

  3. Organizational Inspiration

  4. National Fire Prevention Week: Prepare for safe home fire escape

  5. Changes to Oregon’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefit Amounts

  6. Walden, Newhouse, Sec. Rick Perry to visit Hanford Site

  7. Public Comment Period for Administrative Rules Defining ATV Classes

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

Use your brain for thinking, not as a storehouse.  First, write things down so you don’t have to remember them.  Second, learn where to find information so you don’t have to remember it. ~Fred Meyer.

As of today, October 1st, the burn ban is lifted in Sherman County.

1. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Oct. 15

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, Oct. 15th, at Grace Su’s China Gorge Restaurant in Hood River.  All persons interested in education from Sherman, Wasco & Hood River Counties are invited.  A special guest will be OREA State Co-President Lona Odom.  If not on a “telephone tree,” luncheon reservations may be made by calling 541-478-3429.

2. All County Prayer Meeting at Wasco Church of Christ, Oct. 2

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 2 @ the Wasco Church of Christ. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can.  ~ Red Gibbs

3. Organizational Inspiration

How do you create an organization that inspires people to do their flat-out best? Here are a few quick tips.

Canvassing some of the best organizational development people in the business, and those who coach people and organizations to use more of their potential, there are a few things to do. Based on the latest research in cognitive and organizational psychology, here, in a nutshell, is how to create an organization that inspires people to do their best.

First, you need an inspiring goal, a common vision of a clearly-defined end result, shared by everyone, talked about often and affirmed daily. Then, you need people who believe in their own ability to attain that end result, to stretch and get creative when it comes to figuring out how they are going to achieve this desired end result.

You need people who know that if they are going to succeed, they can depend on each other, and trust each other, to deliver the goods. Now, you don’t have to go out and hire these folks. You can do it with people who are already on the job, if you are willing to spend some time teaching them, and yourself, how to be successful. At the very core of leadership is the willingness to become a part of the team that’s making the organizational vision become reality.

Next, develop a good system for tracking performance and giving feedback. A good rule to remember is “what gets measured, gets done.” Finally, reward desired performance, including innovation and risk-taking, in meaningful ways to empower people to act and to deal with problems directly at every level. You will be delighted with the results! ~The Pacific Institute

4. National Fire Prevention Week: Prepare for safe home fire escape

In support of National Fire Prevention Week, and at the request of the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed October as Fire Prevention Month.

Oregon’s theme mirrors the 2019 national theme: “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape.™”

“During a typical home fire, you may have just minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “Planning and practicing escapes can help you and your family make the most of this narrow window of time and give everyone enough time to get out safely.”

In the five-year period from 2014 through 2018, home fires killed 154 people, and injured another 1,029, in Oregon.

Here are simple steps to plan and prepare for your safe home fire escape:

  • Ensure your home has working smoke alarms and remember to check them monthly.
  • Make an escape map, showing every window and door, and share it with everyone in the household.
  • Know two ways out of every room, if possible.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year, during the night and day.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out; never go back inside for others or pets.
  • Once outside, then call 9-1-1.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire agency and visit the OSFM’s website. Additional resources may also be found on the National Fire Protection Association website.

5. Changes to Oregon’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefit Amounts

Oregon.Flat.poleIn October, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients may see an increase in their monthly food benefits.

What is SNAP?

SNAP is a federally funded program that offers supplemental nutrition assistance to low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. In Oregon, individuals and families apply for SNAP benefits at Department of Human Services (DHS) and Area Agency on Aging (AAA) offices across the state.

Why are monthly SNAP benefits changing?

SNAP monthly benefit amounts are based on federal guidelines. The annual changes are made to reflect changes in the cost of living and other allowances. Cost of living is the amount of money needed to support a basic standard of living. Rules regarding monthly benefit amounts are changed at the beginning of each Federal fiscal year. The fiscal year begins on October 1st.

Will SNAP benefits decrease for some participants?

Monthly benefits amounts are determined based on current reported income and deductions. We don’t expect any decreases due to this annual adjustment.

Will SNAP recipients be sent a letter if their monthly benefits have changed?

SNAP recipients will not be sent a letter if their benefits increase or stay the same; however, if benefits decrease, a notice of reduction will be mailed.

Are SNAP eligibility requirements changing?

No. Changes to the cost of living guidelines do not change eligibility requirements.

What action is needed?

No action is needed. Benefit changes will begin with October SNAP benefits.

Questions? SNAP recipients can contact their local DHS or AAA office for more information. Find a local office at:

6. Walden, Newhouse, Sec. Rick Perry visit Hanford Site

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on a visit to the Hanford Site, in Washington State.

The Hanford Site is one of the designated locations where the U.S. Federal Government stores nuclear waste. The site currently sits near the Columbia River, posing a potential threat to communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. The trip was a celebration to commemorate the completion of the K-Basin sludge transfer. This transfer was completed under budget, ahead of schedule, and reduces the environmental risks to the Columbia River.

 7. Public Comment Period for Administrative Rules Defining ATV Classes

4-wheeler1Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting public comments on a proposed change to Oregon Administrative Rule language defining class IV ATV’s. During the 2019 legislative session, state lawmakers voted to change the definition to increase the width and weight of vehicles classified as class IV ATV’s. An administrative rule change is necessary to reflect the change in state law.

Under the new law and proposed rule, class IV ATV’s are defined as weighing 2,500 pounds or less and measuring 80 inches wide or less.

OPRD will accept public comments on the proposed change through 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Comments can be made online, in writing or via email:

  • Online:
  • In writing: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn. Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301
  • Email:

After reviewing public comments, OPRD staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its November 2019 or February 2020 business meeting.

The full text of the proposed change is available online at

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

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