Sherman County eNews #268


  1. Lower John Day Basin Current & Future Water Needs Report Public Review & Comments Needed

  2. Sherman County 4-H Clover Buds

  3. Now Is the Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine

  4. Letting Go

  5. Travel Centers of America/Biggs Petroleum LLC at I-84, Exit 104

  6. History Tidbits: Sherman County Farm Products 1900

  7. Oregon Capital Insider: This week, by the numbers

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

“You can’t run a free society if you have to hate everybody you disagree with.” —former President Bill Clinton speaking on October 25th at services for Elijah Cummings.

1. Lower John Day Basin Current & Future Water Needs Report Public Review & Comments Needed

The Lower John Day Working Group Place Based Planning group has drafted the Step 3 Report: Quantifying Existing and Future Water Needs and Demands. We are now in the public review phase of this effort and are asking the community to give us their thoughts and comments on the draft report. This is a locally led, voluntary, and non-regulatory water resource planning effort. Become a part of the process and have your voice heard by providing your input.

PICK UP A COPY: Call or stop by the office of your local Soil & Water Conservation District

Gilliam SWCD: 541-384-2672 234 S. Main St. Condon, OR 97823

Sherman SWCD: 541-565-3216 123 S. Main St. Moro, Oregon 97039

Wheeler SWCD: 541-468-2990 40535 Highway 19 Fossil, OR 97830

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Comments due by November 22, 2019

To submit comments and for questions, contact:

Hannah Fatland

Gilliam – East John Day Watershed Council

541-384-2672 x.111

2. Sherman County 4-H Clover Buds

4-H clover1Have a child aged 5-8 as of September 1, 2019? Invite them to join the new Sherman County 4-H Clover Buds! An informal educational program designed for younger youth, with a variety of fun activities and exposure to the 4-H program, group centered, no large animals, non-competitive. Just like regular 4-H (for youth 9-19), Clover Bud 4-H has enrollment forms and a $30 fee to cover project materials, insurance and state fees. Stop by the Sherman Extension Office to learn more and mark your calendar for the November 13 4-H Open House 6pm at the Sherman Fairgrounds. The youth enrollment packet can be found here:

Cindy Brown, Educator

Oregon State University

OSU Extension Service – Sherman County

P: 541-565-3230 | C: 541-993-5291

3. Now Is the Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine

hand.wash.kidThe most effective way to avoid catching the flu is vaccination. Please visit your primary care provider or pharmacy today! This will help protect you AND help stop the spread of this contagious illness.

The CDC recommends everyone aged 6 months and older should receive an annual influenza (flu) vaccination. It’s especially important for those with chronic medical conditions, those who are pregnant, those caring for babies six months of age and younger, and those over the age of 65. When you get the flu shot, you help protect those that are most vulnerable by stopping the spread of the disease.

The preventive measures listed below will also help stop the spread of flu, but because people infected with the flu may infect others 1 day before they become sick, vaccination is still the best way to avoid catching and spreading the flu:

 Cover your cough and sneeze.

 Wash your hands often, using soap and warm water.

 Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

 Limit close contact with those that are sick.

 Stay home when you’re sick. Protect others at school and work by staying home at least 24-hours after a fever (100+ degrees) subsides.

 Clean surfaces. Flu germs can live for hours on hard surfaces. Make sure your home and workspace are wiped down frequently, especially where children are playing.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes nausea (more often in children than adults). Many respiratory viruses have similar symptoms, but influenza tends to be more severe. Having the flu is NO fun and can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death.

The good news is flu vaccine is available at your clinic and pharmacy! There may be a charge for the vaccine, but it’s often covered by insurance. Please contact your primary care provider, clinic, or pharmacy today for more information and to make an appointment. Many accept walk-in clients as well.

North Central Public Health District currently has flu vaccine available only for uninsured/ underinsured adults, and children covered by the Oregon Health Plan or who are uninsured/ underinsured. Vaccinations are available during our walk-in clinic hours of 8:30 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. For more information, guidance and materials please visit: CDC

4. Letting Go

Do you ever feel jealous? Most of us do every so often, but it is jealous behavior, not feelings, that causes us trouble. The feeling of jealousy in a relationship is normal, but the behaviors that can result are often irrational and destructive. If we want to avoid the trouble jealousy can cause, we can start by accepting responsibility for it.

Blaming others, for what they feel, usually is a mistake, because jealousy is most often a product of our own insecurity and low self-esteem. It happens because we see ourselves as having less to give than the object of our jealousy.

Soon, we become unable to see our own strengths and good points, which leads to feeling devalued, depressed and worthless. The tendency to “act out” in our behaviors becomes too easy to give in to, and others suffer. We forget the simple fact that because another person may not choose or be able to meet the conditions that have been agreed to in our relationship, our inner value as a person is not lessened, nor is theirs.

Jealously ceases to be a problem only when we regain a feeling of worth and self-respect, and when we remember that loyalty in relationships can only be offered, never demanded. When we demand loyalty, it becomes a “have to” situation, and humans automatically push back, when we feel we are being pushed. The other option to pushing back, of course, is to simply walk away.

Learning to let go of demands in any relationship, when we believe that love or affection is based on “holding on to,” is difficult but extremely worthwhile. When we conquer the extremes of jealousy, we emerge as better, stronger, happier people and our relationships inevitably improve. Our health does too. And it all starts with taking accountability for our own view of relationships. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Travel Centers of America/Biggs Petroleum LLC at I-84, Exit 104

WESTLAKE, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TravelCenters of America Inc. (TravelCenters) (Nasdaq: TA), has signed a franchise agreement with Biggs Petroleum LLC to add a new TA Express in Rufus, Oregon. A newly-constructed building will sit on a five-acre site located on Interstate 84, Exit 104, at 91464 Biggs Rufus Highway. An opening date is planned for late 2019.

“The addition of this site strategically adds a location in northern Oregon to our network, where our customers can refuel, replenish and refresh,” said Barry Richards, president and COO of TravelCenters. “We’re proud to have Biggs Petroleum join our team.”

“Aligning with TravelCenters of America is the best solution for our growth strategy and our customers,” said Tony Singh of Biggs Petroleum. “As part of TA, we’ll be able to offer our customers many more amenities and options, including fleet fueling. We’re proud to be associated with such a highly-regarded brand in the industry.”

About TravelCenters of America Inc.: TravelCenters of America Inc. (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, conducts business in 44 states and Canada, principally under the TA®, Petro Stopping Centers® and TA Express® travel center brands. For more information on TA, TA Express and Petro, please visit www

6. History Tidbits: Sherman County Farm Products 1900

Wheat 2,400,00 bushels

Oats 300,000 bushels

Rye 160,000 bushels

Barley 240,000 bushels

Potatoes 25,000 bushels

Apples 8,000 bushels

Small fruits 5,000 bushels

Hay 282,000 tons

Live stock 27,000 head

Butter and cheese 12,000 pounds.

In 1900 the population was 3,500.

~Columbia Southern Railway Company Homeseekers’ Guide | 10,000 Free Farms | April 1902.

7. Oregon Capital Insider: This week, by the numbers

Oregon.BeaverCreated: 24 October 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

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

  • 2: State agency directors who have stepped down since Gov. Kate Brown was reelected last year.
  • $1.4 billion: Amount of damages 14 timber counties are seeking in a lawsuit over the state’s timber management practices, according to OPB. The trial began this week.
  • $35 million: Amount in annual timber revenue the counties say they aren’t getting because the state doesn’t harvest enough timber on its land.
  • 20: Percent of Oregon 11th graders who use marijuana, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
  • 44: Percent of those who use e-cigarettes or a vape pen to get high, up from about 11 percent just two years ago.
  • 14: State police workers, including 10 troopers, that Oregon State University contracts with the Oregon State Police for campus security, according to OPB. The university is terminating its contract with OSP effective June 3, 2020, due to what OSP said was a shortage of workers.
  • 21: Age of a black, female OSU student who was reportedly biking on the wrong side of a street and was stopped by an OSP trooper Oct. 13. She declined to provide her ID and was subsequently arrested, prompting an outcry from civil liberties organizations. The local district attorney did not charge her, saying that there is no state law requiring cyclists to present a driver’s license.
  • 43: Number assigned to an initiative petition that would repeal House Bill 2015, which will allow undocumented immigrants to get Oregon driver’s licenses. The Oregon Secretary of State rejected the petition this week, saying the way it was written was not constitutional.
  • $13 billion: Amount Oregon spent on public assistance programs last year, according to The Salem Reporter.
  • $510 million: Expected cost of an ongoing information technology project to consolidate benefits enrollment.

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

bird.owl.limbGreat Big Story: Ancient Windmills Built Over 1,000 Years Ago

Oregon law puts small towns in a bind when big tech demands huge tax breaks

USPS tightens rules on stamped parcels and letters

Quantum entanglement, science’s ‘spookiest’ phenomenon, achieved in space

Our Finite World | How Renewable Energy Models Can Produce Misleading Indications

Video. Rare look into Hopi reservation shows tribe struggles and triumphs

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