Sherman County eNews #280


  1. Sherman County Court Special Session, Nov. 15

  2. Goldendale American Legion Post: Turkey Bingo, Nov. 16

  3. WEBINAR: Rural Suicide Prevention in Farm & Ranch Communities, Nov. 19

  4. Mid-Columbia Medical Center Now Offers 3D Mammography

  5. Creating Our ‘A-Game’

  6. Ancestry open archives US military records for free until Nov. 17

  7. Changing Hands: Farm & Ranch Succession Planning Workshop, Dec. 10

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

You’ve touched people and known it. You’ve touched people and never may know it. Either way, you have something to give. It is in giving to one another that each of our lives becomes meaningful. ~Laura Schlessinger.

1.Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session, Nov. 15



Court Agenda

November 15, 2019

Appointment Schedule

  • 1:45 p.m. Fiber Project – Easements
  • 2:00 p.m.    Sale of County-owned Biggs Property

2. Goldendale American Legion Post: Turkey Bingo, Nov. 16



Brought to you by Goldendale American Legion Louis Leidl Post 116


TIME: Noon until??

25 cents per card per game

All winners get a “FREE” TURKEY

3. WEBINAR:  Rural Suicide Prevention in Farm & Ranch Communities, Nov. 19

3:30 – 4:45 pm ET, Tuesday, November 19 |  Join the webinar.
Dial-In: 888-989-7695; Participant Passcode: 6473800

This webinar, hosted by HRSA’s Office of Regional Operations-Denver, is designed for rural providers, organizations, and communities. The purpose of the webinar is to enhance knowledge of stress and suicide in rural areas, with a focus on farm and ranch communities, and to highlight stress/suicide prevention activities. The webinar will feature examples of suicide prevention programs designed to address agricultural stress and suicide from a community-based perspective. Suicide prevention resources will be provided.  No registration is required. For more on National Rural Health Day, November 21, 2019, click .

4. Mid-Columbia Medical Center Now Offers 3D Mammography

Thanks to Grant From M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust State-of-the Art Diagnostic Tool Provides Better Breast Cancer Detection at its Early, Most Treatable Stage

(THE DALLES, OR. – Nov. 12, 2019) — Mid-Columbia Health Foundation has received a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, for the purchase of a 3D mammography system, the best diagnostic tool available to detect breast cancer. Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) is the only breast center of excellence in the Columbia River Gorge.

Known as digital breast tomosynthesis, or DBT, this new system now available at MCMC takes images from several different angles to create a three-dimensional picture of the breast. With this technology, radiologists and physicians can better detect possible abnormalities in the breast at an early stage when they’re easier to treat.

“Mammography remains one of the best tools available for detection of breast abnormalities and we have come a long way in what technology can now do for us,” said MCMC Chief Medical Officer Serene Perkins, M.D. “We are grateful for the Murdock Trust’s support and commitment to making sure that we are able to provide the very best breast cancer screening options to women in our community.”

With 3D mammography, the images taken are converted into a stack of very thin layers, or “slices,” allowing a radiologist to evaluate the breast layer by layer. This greater accuracy means better breast cancer detection and a reduced chance of being called back for additional testing. A number of studies have found that 3D mammograms increase detection of invasive breast cancer by 30-40% compared to traditional mammography, while also reducing the number of false positives.

On average, a 3D mammography examination lasts for a few minutes unless additional views or exams are required. After the exam, the images are read by a MCMC radiologist who provides results to the patients and referring physicians. If an abnormality is detected, other examinations will be necessary to get the information needed for an accurate diagnosis. Such exams could involve ultrasound, MRI and/or a breast tissue biopsy.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Mammography is designed to provide early detection of breast cancer and is an important part of routine healthcare. Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. For further information or to schedule a mammogram, call MCMC at 541-298-4000.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust (, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. The Trust’s history of supporting Mid-Columbia Health Foundation dates back to 2008 when MCMC was awarded $250,000 to bring its diagnostics department from a film to digital base. The Trust stepped up again in 2015 with a grant of $130,000 to help fund MCMC’s Breast Health for Strong Families program.

“I am incredibly grateful for our relationship with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust,” said Celeste Hill-Thomas, Executive Director of Outreach, Communication and Foundation at MCMC. “Having their support over the years has allowed us to elevate the level of care provided in our service area. 3D Mammography is not something you find at every rural hospital.”

Founded in 1901 and located in The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is a nationally recognized hospital dedicated to serving residents of The Dalles and its surrounding communities. In 1992 MCMC became the first hospital in the nation to integrate the Planetree philosophy of patient care, which emphasizes the need to address a person’s intellectual, environmental, emotional and spiritual concerns in addition to their physical needs. As a Planetree hospital, MCMC works to provide a caring, nurturing and educational environment; puts great efforts into humanizing and demystifying the medical experience; and strives to empower people to become active partners in their own healthcare. For more information visit

5. Creating Our ‘A-Game’

If you are interested in pursuing personal growth, does this necessarily mean you are a selfish person? Not necessarily, but personal change does have effects beyond ourselves. Today, let’s look at how personal growth affects relationships.

There is no question about it. We need to have a caring relationship with ourselves before we can expect others to do so. Showing that we have respect for ourselves tends to drive others to provide us with their respect for us, in return – provided that we earn that respect.

Being interested in personal growth doesn’t mean you’re selfish. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. In his book, “The Psychology of Romantic Love,” Nathaniel Brandon wrote, “The first affair we must consummate successfully is the love affair with ourselves. Only then are we ready for other love relationships.” In other words, if we don’t even like ourselves, it’s going to be difficult to love others.

Human beings are social beings, and we live – one way or another – in community with other human beings. When we work toward the betterment of something, in community with others, then it’s important to bring our own “A-game” to the party. And that almost demands we love and respect ourselves first.

You see, no matter how concerned we are about others, we are ultimately responsible only for ourselves. If we feel inadequate and victimized, then we have no power to offer another person security and strength. Without that firm personal foundation, we are building our relationships on what amounts to quicksand.

Self-development means being the best you can be and giving the best that you can give. It means asking yourself, “If I were living with me, would I want to stay around?” Yes, that’s a big question, and one that demands an answer. Then, you change what you need to change according to that answer you have given yourself. And you don’t need to make a big deal about it.

You see, although there are tremendous personal benefits to self-development, it is, perhaps, in your relationships with others that a commitment to personal growth will bring you the most gratifying changes – and a deeper sense of happiness and contentment. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Ancestry open archives US military records for free until Nov. 17

military.navyIn honor of Veterans Day, Ancestry is opening their archive of US military records to the public for free until November 17 at 11:59PM EST. Visit<> to explore.

7. Changing Hands: Farm & Ranch Succession Planning Workshop, Dec. 10

Farmers, ranchers, and foresters are invited to a free farm and ranch succession planning workshop on Dec. 10 as part of the Oregon Farm Bureau Convention at the Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach.

It’s never too early or late to begin planning for the future of your farm or ranch. With proper planning, you can provide for the future harmony of your family and viability of your farm business. Whether you have heirs or a business successor yet or not, this workshop will give you the legal, financial, and interpersonal tools you need to take the next step in succession planning.

This is a fantastic opportunity for farmers, ranchers, and foresters to learn from the state’s leading experts in the field:

  • Maria Schidlkofer, Attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC
  • Diana Tourney, Accountant and Farm Succession Coordinator at Clackamas Small Business Development Center
  • Mark Wickman, Founder and Counselor at Family Business Counsel
  • Nellie McAdams, Staff at Oregon Agricultural Trust

The event will take place as part of the 2019 Oregon Farm Bureau Convention.

When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Workshop from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Happy Hour from 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Salishan Lounge for farmers of all generations thinking about non-family succession and business partnerships.

Where: Salishan Lodge 7760 North Highway 101, Gleneden Beach

Who: All are welcome. Please RSVP!

RSVP to Nellie McAdams,, 971.409.6806

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

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