Sherman County eNews #276

CONTENTS

  1. Veterans Day Dinner Free to all Veterans and Spouses, Nov. 11

  2. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Nov. 20 Session Canceled

  3. Public Notice. Approved Minutes of Sherman County Court Oct. 16 Session Online

  4. PGE Biglow Canyon Wind Farm Earns Workplace Safety Recognition

  5. Defining Your Values

  6. Farmers encouraged to “Keep the Stubble” during No-Till November

  7. Sherman County Ambulance October Activity Report Corrected


There are those whose lives affect all others around them, quietly touching one heart, who in turn, touches another, reaching out to ends further than they would ever know. ~William Bradfield


1. Veterans Day Dinner Free to all Veterans and Spouses, Nov. 11

Monday, November 11th

Prime Rib Dinner

FREE to All Veterans and Spouses

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Brought to you by Goldendale American Legion

Louis Leidl Post 116

** FIRST DINNER served 4:00 to 5:15 PM

Advanced Tickets Required

Tickets are available at the Legion – must have current

membership card or DD214 to pick up a ticket in advance.

Tickets available November 1st.

Limit of 100 tickets ~ first come first served.

** SECOND DINNER served 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Let’s support the Goldendale Food Bank.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.

Please bring a can of food.

Thank you!

P.S. Sherman County Veterans and Spouses are welcome!


2. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Nov. 20 Session Canceled

Due to scheduling conflicts, the November 20, 2019, Sherman County Court Regular Session has been canceled. The next regularly scheduled session will be held, December 4, 2019.


3. Public Notice. Approved Minutes of Sherman County Court Oct. 16 Session Online

Approved minutes of the October 16, 2019 Regular Session, are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes https://www.co.sherman.or.us/county-meeting-minutes-archive/

~Kristi Brown

Sherman County Court

Deputy Clerk/Temporary Administrative Assistant

500 Court Street

PO Box 365

Moro, OR 97039


4. PGE Biglow Canyon Wind Farm Earns Workplace Safety Recognition

(Salem) – Portland General Electric Co.’s Biglow Canyon wind farm has graduated from Oregon OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), a significant milestone in growth and commitment to worker safety.

SHARP coaches companies on how to effectively manage workplace safety and health. It empowers employers to continuously improve. In turn, companies are recognized for their success in reaching specific benchmarks. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.

During its SHARP journey, Biglow Canyon – which encompasses 217 wind turbines covering 25,000 acres outside of Wasco – tackled a variety of safety improvements. Those included installing deflector plates to protect workers from permanent obstructions or clearance issues as they move up and down ladders inside wind towers; standardizing safety and health procedures across facilities; and setting up TV monitors to display safety trending reports.

In assessing Biglow Canyon’s safety culture, Oregon OSHA consultants noted that personnel at the site do not hesitate “to ensure the task at hand is being performed in the safest manner possible.”

“Biglow’s graduation from SHARP is a great example of what an employee-driven safety culture can achieve,” said Elizabeth Kokos, PGE senior wind technician. “Employees are more willing to be active contributors in a company’s safety programs when they own them. Biglow’s ability to attain SHARP graduate status is a prime example of what can be achieved when everyone pulls together for safety.”

SHARP encourages Oregon employers to work with their employees to identify and correct hazards, and develop and implement effective safety and health programs. The benefits of the program, which is part of Oregon OSHA’s consultation services, include lower injury and illness rates, decreased workers’ compensation costs, increased employee morale, and lower product losses.

Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP. For information about the program, visit https://osha.oregon.gov/consult/sharp-vpp/Pages/SHARP.aspx.

For information about Oregon OSHA’s no-cost consultation services, visit https://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/index.aspx.


5. Defining Your Values

What does getting what you want in life have to do with values? There is a connection. Let’s take a look at it today.

You can’t get what you want in life until you know what it is you want. And, you’ll have a hard time knowing what you want, if you are not clear about what your values are. You see, when someone asks you what you really want, what they are really asking is, “What do you value?”

Values are guides for daily living that influence your thoughts, feelings, words and deeds. Values form the foundation of the decisions you make. They shape your personality and give direction to what would otherwise be an aimless, purposeless life. Your values are reflected in your goals, hopes, dreams, attitudes, interests, opinions, convictions, and behavior as well as in your problems and worries.

Values are choices you make from the available alternatives. Therefore, well-chosen values require an open mind, because you can’t choose freely if you don’t know what your options, and their consequences, are. Values are cherished and we fight to keep them because they mean so much to us.

Finally, to be truly significant, values must move from fantasy into reality and be acted upon. They cause us to do something, so that we can get and keep what we prize so highly. And while the cynics among us may dismiss them, it is why successful and significant organizations define their values, and place them front and center, for all to see.

What do you value in life? Have you spent much time thinking about it? If not, you might want to take time to do so. Start today. Sit down and make a list of all your values. Then make a list of all your life goals. Do they coincide? If not, maybe you should re-define your goals to match your values, because it is more likely that you will get what you want in life if you do. ~The Pacific Institute


6. Farmers encouraged to “Keep the Stubble” during No-Till November

Put away the plow to minimize disturbance and maximize healthy soil

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 5, 2019 — This month the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested crop fields and improve soil health during No-Till November.

First launched in 2017 by NRCS Iowa, the No-Till November campaign is mirrored after the national cancer awareness No Shave November movement that encourages people not to shave during the entire month. The NRCS campaign encourages farmers to keep tillage equipment in their machine sheds this fall and keep the crop stubble on their fields. In the past two years, the campaign has reached more than 1 million people.

“No-till farming is a cornerstone soil health conservation practice, which also promotes water quality while saving farmers time and money,” said Cory Owens, state soil scientist for NRCS Oregon. “One of the first soil health principles is ‘do not disturb’. This campaign is a fun way to remind farmers about the important relationship between tillage and soil health.”

Improving soil health increases soil biological activity, which provides erosion control, nutrient benefits, and can simulate tillage.

For more information about soil health in Oregon, including success stories from Oregon farmers who are keeping the stubble, visit the NRCS Oregon Soil Health webpage.


7. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance October Activity Report Corrected

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