Sherman County eNews #279


  1. Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, Nov. 12

  2. 4-H Open House & Enrollment Night at the Fairgrounds, Nov. 13

  3. Sherman County Prevention Thanks Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition

  4. Single Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Fatal Crash on I-84 in Sherman County

  5. Fundraising Basics

  6. The Importance of Is-ness

  7. Congressman Walden: Veterans Day and Veterans

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

No matter where we are, we need those friends who trudge across from their neighborhoods to ours. ~Stephen Peters

1. Notice. Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting, Nov. 12

Public Notice of Board Meeting: The Sherman County Public/School Library will be holding a Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 12 at 5:30 pm.

2. 4-H Open House & Enrollment Night at the Fairgrounds, Nov. 13

4-H clover1Families, looking forward to seeing you Wednesday, November 13 6pm for a 4-H Open House & Enrollment Night at the Sherman Fairgrounds. A light dinner will be served, as kids and families can meet 4-H club leaders and get their enrollment forms done and pay the $30 fee. Regular 4-H is for youth aged 9-19 as of September 1, 2019.  Clubs include beef, sheep, swine, goat, poultry, horse, small animals, cooking, outdoor cooking/food preservation, photography, sewing, theatre arts, hiking/biking, shooting sports, leadership/camp counseling, and Cloverbuds for youth aged 5-8. Get started with forms here, scroll down the page for Youth Enrollment Packet, fill out and return to Sherman Extension office:

3. Sherman County Prevention Thanks Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition

The Sherman County Prevention Department would like to recognize the members of the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition.  Thank you for your passion and dedication to the work we do!

Amber DeGrange; Chair

Ashley Danielson

Cindy Brown

Brad Lohrey

Joan Bird

Jennifer Hale

Mike Somnis

Nadja McConville

Shawn Payne

Natasha Sandquist

Mary Ann Wren

North Central Public Health representatives

Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Shira Skybinskyy and Dan Hoffman

If you are interested in being part of the team, please contact Amy Asher @ 541-565-5036 or and don’t forget to follow the Prevention Facebook page for factual information and events.

4. Single Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Fatal Crash on I-84 in Sherman County

On Monday, November 11, 2019 at approximately 5:45 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash involving a pedestiran on I-84 near MP 104.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red and white 2016 Peterbilt Commerical Motor Vehicle, operated by Keith Allen Hille, age 31, of Moscow Mills, Missouri, was traveling westbound on I-84 in the slow lane, when he noticed a reflective vest moving around in the lane of travel. He initially thought the vest was blowing around then realized the vest was being worn by a pedestrian, identified as Alejandro Lozano Rivas, age 33, of Biggs Junction, Oregon. Hille swerved to avoid Lozano Rivas, but was unable to avoid striking him. Lozano Rivas suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Hille stopped immediately after the collison and is cooperating with the investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, the Sherman County District Attorney’s Office and ODOT.

5. Fundraising Basics

dollars.coinsAll good fund raising plans have one thing in common: they show a diverse number of sources for their income. The board of directors plays a crucial role in the selection, implementation and evaluation of fundraising strategies. Board members may individually commit to raising and giving a certain amount of money. The basic premise of fundraising – You must ask, you must give. Everything after that involves creativity, imagination and a sense of fun.

Here are the three most important things to know about fundraising right up front:

  1. People give when they are asked, and rarely give when they are not. Even when people are asked, they don’t always give. So, you need to ask for more gifts than the number you need to bring in, and you need to be comfortable with people saying “No.”
  2. Donors are not ATMs. You need to thank them and keep them posted on what your organization is doing with their money if you want them to give more than once.
  3. You can’t raise all the money your group needs by yourself. Spend some time building a team of people to help you.

If you don’t have time to thank donors, you don’t have time to have donors.


6. The Importance of Is-ness

Have you ever heard of the concept of “is-ness?” “Is-ness” is not a term that you are likely to see in a textbook. (There are a bunch of references if you Google “Is-ness”.) However, it is an idea that has a profound effect on who we are and how we behave. Let’s look at some examples.

A person who believes that he or she “is” an optimist will naturally tend to look on the bright side as a day-in, day-out experience. But someone who simply feels optimistic right now may be very well feel pessimistic tomorrow. You see, an optimist “is” not who they are. It just happens to be something they are passing through today.

A person who believes he or she “is” a drug addict will tend to behave like an addict no matter what, and recovery may be very difficult. On the other hand, someone who thinks that they have developed a dependency on drugs doesn’t have to alter their most central self-image in order to kick the habit. This difference in framing may seem slight on the surface, but it goes to the very core of the mindset shift that allows successful recovery to happen.

We all behave in ways that are consistent with the person we believe ourselves to be. That is “is-ness” in a nutshell. So, you can see why it is important to know what you believe about yourself. Yes, that will involve a little introspection. Most of us devote little time to honest introspection, because, let’s face it, there are so many more fun things to do. However, introspection nearly always leads to insights, and insights are the initial stepping-stones to becoming “more” than we were yesterday.

If there are things you’d like to change, first change how you think and talk about them. Instead of saying, “I am in financial trouble,” say, “I have some debts right now, but I am taking action to resolve them.” Replace “I am a cancer victim,” with “I’ve developed cancer, but I am basically healthy and strong. I have the strength to fight this.”

Get the idea? Your actions will follow your thoughts and words – but the beliefs, those thoughts and words, need to come first. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Congressman Walden: Veterans Day and Veterans

American flag2The men and women who have selflessly served our great nation deserve the utmost support and respect. While every Veterans Day we pay special respect and honor to our nation’s finest by visiting gravesites, attending memorial services, and participating in parades, let us also remember that veterans deserve the best every day. That is why one of my top priorities in Congress is ensuring our veterans receive the service and support they earned every day.

This year, we have done a lot for our veterans. First, Congress passed the biggest budget in history for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), particularly when it comes to health care. That includes $8.6 billion for mental health care services, $400 million for opioid abuse prevention, $206 million for suicide prevention outreach, and $270 million specifically for rural veterans’ health initiatives. A strong VA budget is especially important with the launch of the VA MISSION Act.

The VA MISSION Act, which I cosponsored, was signed into law by President Trump last year. This past June, the community care program, an aspect of the law, launched. This gives veterans increased access to timely, quality care by allowing them to seek care in the community and by establishing a more permanent network of doctors to partner with VA and see veterans close to where they live. The community care program is essential for veterans living in rural areas, like much of our district, because the nearest VA may be hours away.

Another huge win our veterans received this year came when the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 was signed into law. This law ensures that Vietnam Navy veterans who served in the offshore waters of Vietnam receive the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange, a toxic chemical used during the Vietnam era. Many veterans exposed to the chemical found that it resulted in medical issues such as colon cancer.

In addition to providing necessary compensation to our veterans, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act included a provision I coauthored that ensures veterans in rural Oregon no longer face needless delays when seeking to buy a home using the benefits they earned through their service. I have heard several horror stories from veterans about delays getting an appraisal for their VA-backed loan. Some waited up to nine weeks to even have an appraiser assigned to their case, making them far less competitive as prospective buyers in the housing market — one veteran even lost his prospective home when his interest rate lock expired as he waited for an appraisal. That’s unacceptable. Now, veterans living in rural America will get a fair chance to have their appraisals completed in a timely manner.

In June, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the GI Bill, which has allowed our nation’s veterans and their families to return home to pursue further education. I worked to help improve this benefit by supporting the passage of the Forever GI Bill, which made the benefits last a lifetime.

While we have already achieved a significant amount for our veterans this year, we still have much more ahead of us. I will continue to work to improve the benefits and services that veterans receive and help veterans in my district with any issues they may face with VA. If you are a veteran in the 2nd District of Oregon, and you’re having problems with VA, please give my office a call at 800-533-3303. My team and I are ready to assist you with problems you are having with VA. We will do everything in our power to get results for you.

God bless all our veterans and their families, and thank you for your service.

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

Best regards,

Greg Walden

U.S. Representative

Oregon’s Second District

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

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