Sherman County eNews #282


  1. Oregon Statewide Broadband Assessment Survey

  2. Oregon State Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers

  3. Christmas bows, glitter, ribbon are not recyclable

  4. Finding What You Already Have – The Power of Belief

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

People who deal with life generously and large-heartedly go on multiplying relationships to the end. ~Arthur C. Benson.

1. Oregon Statewide Broadband Assessment Survey

pen.markerBusiness Oregon and Oregon’s Broadband Office conducting a statewide broadband assessment survey from November 14 through December 15, 2019, to evaluate the state’s current broadband infrastructure and broadband service availability. While Oregon has made great progress toward getting high-quality broadband for its communities, there is still more to do so that all residents and businesses can get the internet access they need to thrive and succeed. The Broadband Office is developing its plans to make this possible and needs to hear from you! This will help direct public policy regarding Oregon’s digital divide, the need for state funding, and strategies for broadband infrastructure deployment.

We’re asking both households and businesses to help in the assessment by completing a simple questionnaire developed in partnership with our consultants, Strategic Networks Group. The few minutes it takes to complete the online survey can help make future broadband improvements across the state, particularly in rural areas.

The survey can be found here:

2. Oregon State Capital Insider Index: This week by the numbers 

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 14 November 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

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

5,555: State workers who have left SEIU 503 between mid-2018 and Sept. 30, according to state figures. 

1,009: State workers who have left AFSCME Council 75 in that time frame.

4: Democrats in the race for secretary of state. Dark horse candidate Ryan Wruck announced he was dropping out on Sunday. He endorsed State Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton. 

$510,000: Amount the state has agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit brought by the former director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, alleging sex discrimination and retaliation for blowing the whistle on misspent funds at the agency. 

62: Oregon veterinarians who sent a letter to Gov. Kate Brown this week demanding an investigation into the killing of a cougar that wandered by a Eugene school in October, according to The Oregonian.

$306: New fee, effective Jan. 1, to register an electric vehicle in Oregon for two years, according to KTVZ. The biennial fee is lower if you’re enrolled in the state’s pay-per-mile road usage program, OReGO.

$152: To register a car with fuel economy of 40 mpg or higher for two years. Cars with lower fuel economy pay even less. 

65-68: Temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, at which the Oregon Historical Society’s vault is kept, according to KOIN. The vault holds everything from the control panels from the Trojan nuclear power plant to the saddle presented to Jackson Sundown, the cowboy who won the bronco-busting contest at the 1916 Pendleton Round-Up. 

149,360: Signatures that supporters of measures to reform the state’s redistricting process need to gather to get any one of the proposals on the November 2020 ballot, according to OPB.

12: Members of a citizens’ commission that would be tasked with the work of drawing new legislative and congressional boundaries under the proposed reforms.

3. Christmas bows, glitter, ribbon are not recyclable.  

Yes, you can recycle Christmas wrapping paper — unless it’s metallic, has glitter or has velvety flocking on it. See more here:

4. Finding What You Already Have – The Power of Belief

Have you ever thought of “The Wizard of Oz” as a story about the power of beliefs? With the holidays fast approaching, it’s a sure bet that this classic film will be broadcast soon. Perhaps it is time to take a look at the “story beneath the story” of this memorable tale.

You see, Dorothy and her pals all wanted something. As is often the case, they looked for someone else to give it to them, someone in authority who had “the power.” They teamed up because they figured their efficacy was greater together than it was separately, and they were right. They were a real team with a common vision and not just a collection of separate individuals. They were able to overcome life-threatening danger to finally come face to face with what they believed to be the all-powerful Wizard.

When they met the Wizard, they discovered several very important things. Perhaps the most important thing they discovered was that each already had whatever it was he or she felt was lacking; it was their personal beliefs that needed changing.

The Lion wasn’t really a coward – he proved that on the journey to Oz – but he believed he was, so most of the time he acted like it. When the Wizard gave him a medal and reminded him of his bravery, he affirmed the truth of a new belief, and that was all it took. Same thing for the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. Dorothy could have gone home any time she wanted, she just didn’t know she needed to ask how. For her, the journey was a risky rite of passage into her own strength and her own heart. Each of them had “the power” all along.

So, you see, “The Wizard of Oz” can be seen as a wonderfully entertaining story about the power of belief and the importance of becoming our own authority. Who is your Wizard of Oz, and do you really need that person to tell you what you already know about yourself, in your heart? ~The Pacific Institute

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

birdHappyOwlHow Place Names Get Assigned And Changed In Oregon

Oregon Geographic Names Board

Oregon History Wayfinder

Oregon History 101

The HIRE Act would relocate nearly all of the employees of ten executive departments to regions of the country that need the jobs more.

Oregonians are recycling less while generating more waste

Commentary: Stop Calling The Deep State ‘Public Servants’