Sherman County eNews #295

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County Emergency Services November Activity Report

  2. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Special Meeting, Dec. 9

  3. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 11

  4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Dec. 17

  5. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, Nov. 6

  6. The Life We Learn With

  7. First Day Hikes Event Returns to State Parks, Jan. 1

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


1. Sherman County Emergency Services November Activity Report

By Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

November 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
       
11-04 5:58 PM Cardiac Arrest Rufus
11-06 12:25 AM Overdose Wasco
11-09 4:46 AM Sick Person Wasco
11-11 5:49 PM Pedestrian vs Semi Truck I-84  MP# 104
11-13 7:03 AM Chest Pain John Day Dam Worksite
11-14 1:49 AM Fall 3 Rivers Motel in Biggs
11-14 5:32 PM Breathing Problem Wasco
11-15 1:22 PM Chest Pressure US Hwy 97  MP#45
11-17 6:00 AM Cardiac Arrest Grass Valley
11-23 10:04 PM Law Enforcement Staging Moro
11-26 8:02 AM Abdominal Pain Rufus
11-26 6:57 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 35
11-27 11:15 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 21
11-27 1:19 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 44
11/30 1:27 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 48
       
       

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Moro Fire Department

November 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
       
11/26 6:57 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 35
11/27 11:13 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 21

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North Sherman County RFPD

November 2019 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
       
11/04 5:58 PM Medical Assist Rufus
11/11 5:44 PM Pedestrian vs. Semi (Fatal) I-84  MP# 104
11/14 5:32 PM Medical Assist Wasco
11/26 8:11 AM Medical Assist Rufus

2. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Special Meeting, Dec. 9

The Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors will be holding a special meeting – via telephone – on Monday, December 9th at 10am. The agenda, available online at https://frontiertelenet.com/minutes-and-agendas/, includes Considering Approval of Bakeoven Tower Site Lease Agreement with Day Wireless.

~Elizabeth A. Farrar, Gilliam County Judge (541) 384-3303


3. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 11

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on December 11th, 2019 at 6pm. The public is welcome to attend! (903 Barnett St.).


4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Dec. 17

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet at noon Tuesday, the 17th, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.  If not on a “telephone tree”, please contact President Sue Hukari at 541-386-1516 by the Sunday preceding the meeting so as to make your luncheon reservations.  Stephanie Hoppe, Columbia Gorge Community College, will be a special guest.


5. Notice. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, Nov. 6

Approved minutes of the November 6, 2019, Sherman County Court’s 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


6. The Life We Learn With

Over the years, it’s become somewhat of a cliché to “get in touch with” our inner child. It’s giving ourselves permission to, occasionally, not be an adult. However, we don’t want to ignore who we were, either. Today, let’s talk about the inner child and what it means when it comes to adult growth and development.

All of us have had the experience of being a child, and most of us have no trouble at all being tender and compassionate toward the children we know. But when adults find themselves feeling or behaving in a childish way – if they notice at all – they often react with horror.

It is important to realize that growing up is not a one-way trip. Adults can be childish sometimes, just as children can act very grown up. Sometimes, people who are totally “adult” all the time can be a bit intimidating, can’t they? Perhaps, on a certain level, we can learn to respect that inner child who lives in each of us.

While it is true that growth means trying new things and, in the process, letting go of old things, it doesn’t mean you should despise the self you once were. On the contrary, the child we used to be, and still are in many ways, deserves the same love and compassion we would show any youngster. Childhood is one part of our life that we learn with, and we don’t want to deny the learning we have done. After all, it has gotten us to where we are today.

It is only when we reject our own past, our inner child so to speak, that the specter of self-hatred begins to raise its head, making it much more difficult to let go and move on. By the way, letting go becomes easier when it is done out of self-love and compassion, and because we are on to something better, rather than because our inner parent says we “have to” for our own good. ~The Pacific Institute


7. First Day Hikes Event Returns to State Parks, Jan. 1

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites Oregonians outdoors on New Year’s Day for the annual First Day Hikes event. Visitors can choose from 37 hikes in 31 parks across the state. All hikes will be guided by a park ranger or volunteer who will share stories about the park’s history, geology, wildlife and plants.

All hikes are free and day-use parking fees will be waived at all participating parks Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for specific hikes online at the Oregon State Parks Store: bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents. While online registration isn’t required for participation, visitors are encouraged to register. It helps park staff plan the hike and provides them with participant contact information should hike details change.

OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and remember to carry binoculars for viewing wildlife.

OPRD has sponsored First Day Hikes annually since 2012, part of a larger national event organized by America’s State Parks.

Participating parks and meeting areas are below. Full details for each hike are also on bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents,

PORTLAND

  • L.L. Stub Stewart State Park: 10 a.m., meet at Clayhill horse staging area.
  • Milo McIver State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the Maple Ridge Trailhead in the Lower Boat Launch parking lot.
  • Tryon Creek State Park: 9 a.m., meet at the nature center.

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

  • Deschutes River State Recreation Area: 9 a.m., meet at Oregon Trail kiosk.
  • Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: 1 p.m., meet at the Mark O. Hatfield East trailhead in the Mossier Twin Tunnels parking lot.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY/CASCADES

  • Champoeg State Heritage Area: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., meet at the visitor center.
  • Dexter State Recreation Site: 9 a.m., meet at the Dexter Disc Golf course.
  • Elijah Bristow State Park: noon, meet at the equestrian parking area for horse riding (bring your own horse.)
  • Silver Falls State Park: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., meet at South Falls Lodge porch.
  • Willamette Mission State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the Wheatland Ferry.

COAST

  • Bullards Beach State Park: 1 p.m., meet at the meeting hall.
  • Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint: noon, meet in the Cape Meares parking lot.
  • Crissey Field State Recreation Site: 11 a.m., meet at the welcome center.
  • Fort Stevens State Park: 10 a.m., meet in the Battery Russell parking lot.
  • Humbug Mountain State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the Humbug Mountain trailhead.
  • Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park: 10 a.m., meet in the group camp parking lot.
  • Oswald West State Park: 8 a.m., meet at the Cape Falcon trailhead.
  • Seal Rock State Recreation Site: 9:30 a.m., meet in the Seal Rock parking lot.
  • Umpqua Lighthouse State Park: 1 p.m., meet at Lake Marie Day-use area.
  • William M. Tugman State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the Eel Lake boat ramp.

SOUTHERN OREGON

  • Collier Memorial State Park: 9 a.m., meet at the Logging Museum.
  • Golden State Heritage Site: 1 p.m., meet in the Historic Church.
  • Illinois River Forks State Park: 9:30 a.m., meet in the Seal Rock parking lot.
  • Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area: 9 a.m., meet at the group camp.
  • TouVelle State Park: 11 a.m., meet at the day-use area.
  • Valley of the Rogue State Park: 1 p.m., meet at the amphitheater. 1 p.m., meet at Del Rio Vineyards (bring your own bike.) 1 p.m., meet at Rogue River Bridge in the city of Rogue River (bring your own bike.)

EASTERN/CENTRAL OREGON

  • Cottonwood Canyon State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the experience center.
  • Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area: 11 a.m., meet at the interpretive kiosk (bring your own snowshoes).
  • LaPine State Park: 11 a.m., meet at the meeting hall in the south loop.
  • Smith Rock State Park: 10 a.m., meet at the welcome center.
  • Wallowa Lake State Park: 10 a.m., meet in the Group Camp A parking lot.

More information about participating parks, including maps and directions, is on oregonstateparks.org.


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

bird.owl.limbDespite Common Core Promises, U.S. Kids Repeat Poor Performance On Latest Global Test

Trump Tightens Food-Stamp Work Requirements

It Bears Repeating: Renewables Alone Won’t End the Climate Crisis

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-11-26/it-bears-repeating-renewables-alone-wont-end-the-climate-crisis/

U.S. Blows $230 Million on Wasteful Projects

Top 12 Greatest Hispanic-American Veterans

Judicial Watch Sues for Documents Related to Former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s Alleged Intervention with Ukraine Prosecutor


 

Sherman County eNews #294

CONTENTS

  1. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 9

  2. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 10

  3. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Steering Committee, Dec. 11

  4. Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

  5. Dear Mom and Dad: Cool It

  6. Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday: Building a digital defense in your Internet of Things

  7. The Idea of Being Emotionally Free

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


“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” —Cesare Beccaria


1. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 9

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019. This will include a board training at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Library Program Room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. Agenda topics include a 5:30 p.m. board work session; Presentations/Recognitions; Consent Agenda; Reports/Presentations; Old Business; New Business; Comments from Visitors. Next regular board meeting, January 13, 2020.


2. Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors Meeting, Dec. 10

Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors

Board Meeting Agenda

December 10, 2019

1800hrs.

Agenda topics include EMR/EMT Course Updates. Next Meeting March 10, 2020 @ 1800hrs.


3. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s Steering Committee, Dec. 11

The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday December 11th, 2019 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region. Wasco County is the lead agency. The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information: Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.


4. Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

mittens1Bring your donation of gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at the Library. We invite everyone to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies serving Sherman County.


6. Dear Mom and Dad: Cool It

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By Karissa Niehoff and Peter Weber

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Oregon, this message is primarily for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it.

Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Oregon has an alarming shortage of high school officials.

It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing.

Why? They don’t need your abuse.

Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of licensed high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled—especially at the freshman and junior varsity levels.

Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future.

If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become a licensed official at HighSchoolOfficials.com. Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Oregon are always welcome.

(Karissa Niehoff is Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Peter Weber is Executive Director of the Oregon School Activities Association.)


6. Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday: Building a digital defense in your Internet of Things

arrow.blueswishWelcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense in your Internet of Things.

Last week we talked about smart TV’s – and how that built-in internet connection can allow manufacturers, streaming services, and even hackers an open door into your home.

This week, we are looking at the larger Internet of Things (IoT). Basically, this means everything else in your home that connects to the world wide web. If you look at the holiday wish lists that your kids, spouse, and parents conveniently dropped on you last week at Thanksgiving – most everything on there probably makes the cut.

Digital assistants, smart watches, fitness trackers, home security devices, thermostats, refrigerators, and even light bulbs are all on the list. Add to that all of the fun stuff: remote-controlled robots; games and gaming systems; interactive dolls; and talking stuffed animals … well, the list seems endless.

What these all have in common is that send and receive data. But do you know how that data is collected? And where it is going?

Another concern is that hackers can use that innocent device to do a virtual drive-by of your digital life. Unsecured devices can allow hackers a path into your router – giving the bad guy access to everything else on your home network that you thought was secure. Private pictures and passwords safely stored on your computer? Don’t be so sure.

Here’s what you can do to build that digital defense:

  • Change the device’s factory settings from the default password. A simple internet search should tell you how – and if you can’t find the info, consider moving on to another product.
  • Passwords should be as long as possible and unique for IoT devices.
  • Many connected devices are supported by mobile apps on your phone. These apps could be running in the background and using default permissions that you never realized you approved. Know what kind of personal info those apps are collecting, and say “no” to privilege requests that don’t make sense.
  • Secure your network. Your fridge and your laptop should not be on the same network. Keep your most private, sensitive data on a separate system from your other IoT devices.
  • Make sure all of your devices are updated regularly. If automatic updates are available for software, hardware, and operating systems – turn them on.

As always, if you have been victimized by a cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov or call your local FBI office.


7. The Idea of Being Emotionally Free

A lot of us grew up with the notion that we are free people, able to choose where we live, what we do for a living, and to come and go at will. But many people, although certainly free in these ways, are emotional prisoners. Have you ever thought about what it means to be emotionally free?

Dr. David Viscott, a well-known psychiatrist, said that emotional freedom means that you can do what you want, when you want to do it. You see, when you are emotionally free, you believe in your own goodness and you act to increase your sense of self-worth. You understand that whatever interferes with this belief is false, so you seek to exclude and avoid those falsehoods.

Being emotionally free comes down to being free to believe in yourself and in your special-ness, and feeling free to make the most of it. Of course, all of this requires that you be free in expressing your emotions and responsible for the consequences of doing so. Freedom without responsibility breeds trouble, just as responsibility without freedom breeds resentment.

As you become an emotionally free person, you release the claim on you that is held by the past, and you become more and more able to give freely to others. You are better able to decide what is truly in your best interests, as you live your life to the fullest in the present, as well as in the future.

To learn more about this idea, you may want to see if you can find a copy of Dr. Viscott’s book, “Emotionally Free – Letting Go of the Past to Live in the Moment.” Though Dr. Viscott has passed, and the book was originally published in 1993, it is still available – on Amazon. ~The Pacific Institute


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

bird.talkNo major changes planned for Hamley’s

Christmas tree shortage impacting charities

Writing a Memoir: Your life has meaning

Business Insider: White House Christmas Decorations

America’s Cattle Ranchers Are Fighting Back Against Fake Meat

Here’s What Executives at Oregon’s Largest Nonprofits Take Home


 

Sherman County eNews #293

CONTENTS

  1. Weather: Monthly Climate Summary for Moro

  2. Christmas Shopping x 3 in Sherman County, Dec. 7

  3. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

  4. Giving Tuesday: Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

  5. Learning to Use Adversity to Grow

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


‘In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.  But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here.  Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.’ ~Theodore Roosevelt 1907


1. Weather: Monthly Climate Summary for Moro

You can find the December outlook and the November monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pdt/climate/climateSummary/climateSummary.php?stationID=MORO3

~Marilyn Lohmann

National Weather Service Pendleton

541-276-7832


2. Christmas Shopping x 3 in Sherman County, Dec. 7

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CHRISTMAS BAZAAR & CHRISTMAS TREE SALE. 10-3:30 December 7th at Sherman County School. Sponsored by Sherman County Fair Board.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING at THE MUSEUM STORE. 10-3 December 7th at Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro with Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day displays. No admission fee. Brand new items just for the Christmas Sale plus all your year-round favorites. 10% Discount for Sherman County Historical Society members. Got a history buff on your list? Museum memberships make great gifts! Sponsored by Sherman County Historical Society

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. 10-2 December 7th at the Grass Valley Pavilion.


3. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday December 4 @ the Wasco Methodist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can.  ~Red Gibbs


4. Giving Tuesday: Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

Christmas.holly1The Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. ~Wikipedia

A list – Remember Local Needs – was posted to eNews #291.

 


5. Learning to Use Adversity to Grow

Is there anything good about bad times? It is very difficult to look at the massive destruction in the wake of earthquakes, mudslides, typhoon and hurricanes all over the world. Sometimes, the devastation is almost unimaginable. Finding anything good is nearly as unimaginable. Perhaps it is time to talk about the positive uses of adversity.

Bad things sometimes happen to good people, and while it is impossible to always understand why that may be, one thing is clear: No matter who you are and how bad things seem at the time, some good can come from every bad situation. Yes, every bad situation.

You know, no matter how hard we try, we can’t possibly control everything that happens to us in life. About the only things we can control are our responses to what happens. In the long run, it is our response that matters most.

When we are forced to navigate the rough waters of adversity, we have an opportunity to develop aspects of our character that a smooth sail through good times just cannot give us.

Some time ago, the title of a very popular book was, “Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do” (by Robert H. Schuller and still available). We need to understand that going through tough times is how tough people get that way. They avoid hopelessness and helplessness; they keep going when others give up and quit; and they roll with the punches. However, they were not born knowing how to do these things.

Tough people have learned to use adversity to their advantage, even though they may not have known exactly what they were doing at the time. So, if times are tough for you right now, hang in there. After you’ve made it through to the other side, it is entirely possible that you’ll discover a depth of character you never knew you had. ~The Pacific Institute


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

bird.owl.limbOregon Index Online in the State Library’s Digital Collections

US Attorney General Rejects Oregon’s Rule Barring Courthouse Immigration Arrests

Hemp farming explodes across Oregon

Only a matter of time before wolves settle in Central Oregon


 

Sherman County eNews #292

CONTENTS

  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

  2. Editorial. Hoping to become a news blogger?

  3. What is a blog? A Web Log | Sherman County eNews

  4. Blogging Basics 101: How can I make money from my blog?

  5. A Matter of Attitude


Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” —Joseph Story (1833)


1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday December 4 @ the Wasco Methodist Church Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. ~Red Gibbs


2. Editorial. Hoping to become a news blogger?

sherrycaricatureOn a personal note… Are you hoping to be a news blogger? Several eNews subscribers sent questions. Here are my thoughts in response.

How much time? As much as I want to spend. I estimate an average of 1-3 hours some days… none on others… generally 2-3 hours early in the day. While some think that I am at my computer 24/7 for eNews, I’m adept at multi-tasking and always have other projects in progress… right now a photo essay series for the historical society publication and a family history website.

Doing what? Receiving and reviewing news releases, notices, calendar dates, letters to the editor, classified ads and suggestions. Reviewing content, checking spelling and deciding what to use and when. Copying and pasting to a Word document before posting it to the blog, sometimes two or three posts in progress. Adjusting layout for Friday classifieds and calendar. Managing my email inbox! Responding to inquiries.

Sources? eNews has always been the result of a team effort: subscribers, organizations (school, churches, cities, special districts, county, nonprofits, 4-H, Cultural Coalition, Development League) and free public newsletters (state parks, Oregon heritage, law enforcement, and state government).

Qualifications? Good computer skills. Discipline. A commitment to contributing to the county community. Integrity.

How about making money with a blog? One has to wonder if anyone would pay for this service. If folks don’t subscribe to The Times-Journal or The Chronicle, would they pay for eNews? Ask your friends. Providing a free service worked for me because a commercial service was never my intent.

Costs? Domain name. Internet provider. Good advice at Blogging Basics 101: https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-can-i-make-money-from-my-blog/.

Suggestions? Yes. Subscribers are offering suggestions that merit further investigation!  Perhaps an eNews service could be supported by sponsors who would benefit: individuals, local businesses, local government (county, school district, health district), ag organizations, a few The Dalles businesses that Sherman County folks support … perhaps, $100/month. So, if someone spent 2.5 hours a day 6 days a week = 15 hours a week, 60 hours a month @ say $15/hour = $900/month; $10,800/year, a decent supplemental income.

And…

  • As I work I ask myself if the content is relevant, interesting, helpful and thought-provoking, a public benefit, and if my imaginary critics would be interested, critical or inspired?
  • I subscribe to the county’s newspaper of record, The Times-Journal, where local government is required to post legal notices, and The Dalles Chronicle. They, too, are team efforts. Both have had permission to use eNews content with the exception of letters to the editor and editorials.

3. What is a blog? A Web Log | Sherman County eNews

A blog is a regularly updated website or web page, typically run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style. A blog (shortening of “weblog”) is an online journal or informational website.

There are many reasons for starting a personal blog and only a handful of strong ones for business blogging. Blogging for business, projects, or anything else that might bring you money has a very straightforward purpose – to rank your website higher in Google SERPs, a.k.a. increase your visibility. [For example, test “Sherman County, Oregon.”]

As a business, you rely on consumers to keep buying your products and services. As a new business, you rely on blogging to help you get to these consumers and grab their attention. Without blogging, your website would remain invisible, whereas running a blog makes you searchable and competitive.

So, the main purpose of a blog is to connect you to the relevant audience. Another one is to boost your traffic and send quality leads to your website.

The more frequent and better your blog posts are, the higher the chances for your website to get discovered and visited by your target audience.

When you use your niche knowledge for creating informative and engaging posts, it builds trust with your audience. Great blogging makes your business look more credible, which is especially important if your brand is still young and fairly unknown. It ensures presence and authority at the same time. https://firstsiteguide.com/what-is-blog/


4. Blogging Basics 101: How can I make money from my blog?

“BloggingBasics101.com provides different guides about Blogging and Social Media. You want to make money, right? Of course you do. Everyone wants – and needs -to make money. So you started a blog since you’ve heard it’s an easy way to make cash, but you’re not quite sure how to actually make money doing it. Or maybe you already have a blog and you’re exploring ways to monetize it.

“No matter which group you’re in, making money with a blog – whether it’s a hobby blog or a business blog –is possible. It’s not a get rich quick ordeal, but if you do it right, you could make enough to support your family and more. Let’s dive in and see how you can make a profit with your blog.”  https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-can-i-make-money-from-my-blog/.

“How do I start a blog?” https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-do-i-start-a-blog/.


5. A Matter of Attitude

Did you know that the secret to success could be summed up in one word? No? Well, read on.

For five decades, we at The Pacific Institute have been studying what comprises success. Some of the most successful people in the world have been students of our education, and in return, we have learned a great deal from them. We have also spent a lot of time in the company of some of the world’s most respected research psychologists, talking about what makes some people succeed and others collapse – the difference, in short, between the can’s and the can-nots, and the do’s and the do-nots.

So, after all these years of studying and researching, we can say this with the utmost confidence: The secret of success is “attitude.” That’s it – Attitude. And let’s face it, it isn’t really a secret. When working through every challenge, it’s the mindset that matters most, and an integral part of our mindset is our attitude.

People who succeed do not have fewer problems than other people. They do not start out with greater brainpower, or better parents, or more money, either. As a matter of fact, sometimes they start out working against incredible odds. But they have a way of looking at things, a way of seeing obstacles as possibilities, and a way of hanging in there and making the most of every opportunity, that almost guarantees success.

As celebrated climber Royal Robbins once reported, “When it’s been a long day of climbing, and I feel like I can’t go any farther, I concentrate on the next three feet. And then the next three feet; and then the next three feet. Pretty soon, I’m at the top.”

Successful people are flexible, optimistic and hard working. If you want to sum it up in a word, it is not difficult to do: Success, more than anything else and without a doubt, is a question of attitude. The good news about attitudes is that they can be changed, and we are in charge of our own attitudes.

So, what is your attitude toward your “next three feet?” ~The Pacific Institute


 

Sherman County eNews #291

CONTENTS

  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

  2. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

  3. Defining Happiness

  4. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  5. Young Life Christian Outreach Ministry to Teens in Sherman County

  6. Oregon Farm Bureau statement on gray wolf decision

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


Using, or ignoring, facts in accordance with whether they create the desired impression is the principal agenda of today’s media. ~Kyle Smith, New York Post


Czech writer Milan Kundera wrote in his book, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting: “The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history.” 


“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable…”  ―H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Third Series


Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late. ~ Thomas Sowell


1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday December 4 @ the Wasco Methodist Church Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. ~ Red Gibbs


2. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

Christmas.holly1Gifts, large or small, support our local nonprofits which are providing services that benefit our county communities. Charitable foundation board members need to know that local folks value and support our organizations that apply for grant funding!

If you are thinking about a tax-deductible gift, give to one of our local nonprofits! Win-win! If you are wondering what to give a person, give to a local tax deductible non-profit organization in their honor!

Consider gifts to these organizations to honor someone with a shared interest, to recognize someone’s achievement or success, in memory or remembrance, to express your appreciation, or as the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman Station Foundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Columbia Gorge CASA, P.O. Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • Mitten Tree, Sherman County Public/School Library
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Salvation Army, 623 E. 3rd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Education Foundation, P.O. Box 68, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Food Bank, P.O. Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR  97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Preschool, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box 155, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco School Events Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

3. Defining Happiness for You

Everyone wants to be happy, but not everyone knows how to go about getting there. Today, let’s talk about a couple of ways to be happy.

First, a question: How do you define “happiness”? Some people think happiness is getting all or most of the things they want. They always have lists of new things they want or are about to get – cars, vacations, fancy clothes, new furniture, or the latest electronic toy. With the holidays fast approaching, these lists get more definite and, occasionally, grow larger!

However, often these people are deeply discontented. No matter how much they acquire, they never seem to have enough. A new acquisition brings them pleasure, but only for a little while. Happiness is always in the future, always appearing, and then disappearing.

Someone once said that there are two ways to be happy: the first is to have all the things you want; the second is to have the wisdom to enjoy the things you have. To this, let’s add a third: happiness is wanting what you have. You probably have your own definition of happiness, because, really, there are as many ways to define “happiness” as there are people on the planet.

When you practice the “wisdom” way, you are able to appreciate the beauty that exists in the simplest elements of life. Even in hardship, you’ll find many reasons to feel joy on a daily basis. Sure, you’ll feel good when you acquire something new, but your real and lasting happiness will be found in relationships, in simple pleasures, in nature, and in actions that show love.

If you remember that the time to be happy is now, and the place to be happy is where you are, you will find a joy that no amount of money can buy. ~The Pacific Institute


4. Oregon Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.poleCreated: 28 November 2019 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

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

  1. 106:Wind speed at Cape Blanco State Park Tuesday, as a “bomb cyclone” hit southern Oregon, according to KGW.
  2. $2,000,000:Amount Oregon has invested in prisons that have detained immigrants, according to the AP. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley says the state should withdraw its money from those investments. The treasurer’s office says those investments are part of index funds.
  3. 31:Years that Bradshaw’s lomatium has been on the Endangered Species list, according to OPB. It’s made a recovery and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may remove the plant from the list.
  4. 133: percentage jump in Oregonians who make seven figures between 2010 and 2017, according to KATU.
  5. $2,500:Amount the average Oregonian’s income has increased in the past decade, according to The Oregonian.
  6. $1,900,000:Amount the average income of the top 0.1 percent of Oregonians has leapt in that time, The Oregonian reports.
  7. 13:Percent of Oregonians who live in poverty, the lowest that has been since 2000, according to the East Oregonian.
  8. 22,215:Oregon students who were homeless, in temporary housing or living with other families in the 2018-19 school year, according to The Oregonian.
  9. 6,000,000-7,000,000: Rough number of wild turkeys in the U.S., according to CityLab. Having made a comeback since the early 20th century, they are disrupting suburban tranquility in some places, and were responsible for a highway accident in Moro, Ore. earlier this year.
  10. 191,910:Average monthly Google searches for Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon’s most-Googled brand, according to the Portland Business Journal.

5. Young Life Christian Outreach Ministry to Teens in Sherman County

Young Life Christian outreach ministry to teens is coming to Sherman County! In preparation, this past year we’ve taken 5 teens to a ministry weekend in February and 10 teens to camp at the amazing Washington Family Ranch outside Antelope. We’ve got leaders in training, an oversight committee, and are planning to take teens again to a ministry weekend the end of January 2020, and Lord willing, begin “club” outreach activities after that. Support this youth program, go to https://giving.younglife.org/s/ and sign up for single or monthly donations. It’s super easy, make sure to specify Sherman County OR267 as your recipient. You can choose to support operations or camp scholarships. Funds can come from your bank account or via a credit card. THANK YOU for supporting Young Life in Sherman County!


6. Oregon Farm Bureau statement on gray wolf decision

November 27, 2019, Salem, Oregon: After sitting pending for years, the Oregon Court of Appeals finally ruled on a challenge by Cascadia Wildlands to the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife’s decision to delist the gray wolf under the Oregon endangered species list. Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) and Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) intervened in the lawsuit to support the delisting decision and ensure the Court understood the impacts on ranching families.

The Court held today that a bill championed by OCA and OFB, which delisted the gray wolf, rendered the case moot and the challenge was dismissed.

This is a huge win for ranch families and the livestock industry, which have long advocated for responsible wolf management in Oregon.

It’s important to note that wolves are still listed in parts of eastern Oregon and western Oregon under the federal Endangered Species Act, though OFB has strongly supported the recent proposal to delist them.


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

bird.owl3Sherman County, Oregon

Sherman County, Oregon History

Sherman County News

Oregon Watchdog | Oregon Taxpayers Association

Pew Research Center Fact Tank: Key facts about U.S. immigration policies and proposed changes


 

 

 

Sherman County eNews #290

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

“Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted–a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” — Rabbi Harold Kushner


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

eNEWS POLICIES:

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NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. No posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.

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  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
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THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

THANK YOU! Your notes of appreciation are humbling, overwhelming and heartwarming! I assure you that it’s always been a team effort! I’m grateful for everyone who encouraged this free volunteer project, collaborated in making eNews an interesting and helpful local resource, sent suggestions, good ideas and links to interesting websites, submitted notices, news releases, calendar dates, Spiritual Matters and classified ads, challenged process, opinion and policy, and counseled the editor with journalistic wisdom. Please express your appreciation for eNews by your participation in your county communities and by being an informed participant! ~Sherry Kaseberg, Editor/Publisher, Sherman County eNews

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~Margaret Cousins

JOYFUL NEWS!

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

YOUNG LIFE CHRISTIAN OUTREACH. Young Life Christian outreach ministry to teens is coming to Sherman County! In preparation, this past year we’ve taken 5 teens to a ministry weekend in February and 10 teens to camp at the amazing Washington Family Ranch outside Antelope. We’ve got leaders in training, an oversight committee, and are planning to take teens again to a ministry weekend the end of January 2020, and Lord willing, begin “club” outreach activities after that. To support this youth program, go to https://giving.younglife.org/s/ and sign up for single or monthly donations. It’s super easy; make sure to specify Sherman County OR267 as your recipient. You can choose to support operations or camp scholarships. Funds can come from your bank account or via a credit card. THANK YOU for supporting Young Life in Sherman County!

Three LOCAL shopping opportunities! Three opportunities to support local organizations and local crafters and artists! December 7th.

SHERMAN COUNTY FAIR Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Tree Sale 10-3:30 Sherman County School on December 7th. 

SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM. Christmas shopping at The Museum Store and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day displays December 7 10-3. No admission fee. Brand new items just for the Christmas Sale plus all your year-round favorites. 10% Discount for Sherman County Historical Society members. Got a history buff on your list? MUSEUM MEMBERSHIPS MAKE GREAT GIFTS!

GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. Country Christmas Bazaar 10-2 on December 7th at the Grass Valley Pavilion. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

EMPLOYMENT:

See WANTED.

See Classifieds in The Times-Journal.

INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT Sherman County School District, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039. Temporary Instructional Assistant for the 2019-20 School Year Posting Sherman County School is seeking a Temporary .94 FTE highly qualified Instructional Assistant candidate with preferred previous experience working in an educational setting. The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of the school administration to support activities as assigned.  This position will start on or close to November 12.  This is a temporary position for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening required. For information and application materials please email or call Wes Owens at wowens@sherman.k12.or.us or 541-565-3500. Application Method/Materials Required Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district), resume, and letters of recommendation if you are interested in the position to: Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039 (541) 565-3500 wowens@sherman.k12.or.us This position will remain open until filled. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS. Mid-Columbia Bus Company Seeks Bus Drivers. Do you know someone with time to spare, who loves to drive, and help others? Refer them to Mid-Columbia Bus Company! Once the person you refer becomes certified and drives a full route for at least 30 days, we will donate $1000.00 to a school organization of your choice. What we offer: $13.60 an hour; $500 Sign on bonus; Paid training; Flexible schedule; Dental, Vision, Medical Plan; 401 K … And more. Qualifications: Pass a criminal history check; Have a good driving record; Have a valid Oregon driver’s license; Ability to obtain Class B CDL with training Contact Mid-Columbia Bus Company and tell us where to make a donation today: Amberlena Shaffer, Recruiter. OFFICE: (541) 303-5093Email: amberlena@MidCoBus.com  Website: www.MidCoBus.com

SERVICES:

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESS DIRECTORY https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/

NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION:

FOR SALE:

DEHYDRATOR, JERKY MAKER. New still in the box never opened, Nesco Dehydrator & Jerky Maker FD-60 with 4 trays. asking $45 / best bid. Call 541-442-8572 Nancy 12/27

SHERMAN COUNTY CLASSIFIEDS, FACEBOOK  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1680690712181261/ 

SHOP LOCALLY! SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/ 

FOR RENT OR LEASE:

ROOMS FOR RENT. 2 rooms for rent at the Just us Inn in Wasco. Completely furnished with internet and cable TV.  Room 7 private entrance private bathroom two bedroom single bed and king size in Main. Use of common areas Kitchen and TV area.  — 1 queen size bedroom with shared bath on second floor. Use of common areas TV room and kitchen. Please contact Ron at 503 – 957 – 6114. 11/29

FREE:

LOST OR FOUND:

WANTED: 

HOUSE CLEANING. Seeking non-employee housekeeper to clean Catholic rectory in Wasco twice a month. Please call Molly Belshe for more information. (541)565-3315.


3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT EVENTS CALENDAR https://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/scsd-event-calendar.html

NOVEMBER

29 Starlight Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting 6 The Dalles

30-Dec. 1 Mosier Holiday Fair 10-4 Mosier, Oregon

Christmas.candle1DECEMBER

2 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Sherman County

2 Grass Valley City Council 7

3 Moro City Council 7

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 All County Prayer Meeting Wasco Methodist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

5 Sherman County Fair Board 7

5 North Central Livestock Association, Riverside, Maupin

5-14 National Rodeo Finals, Las Vegas, Nevada

7 Country Christmas Bazaar 10-2 Grass Valley Pavilion

7 Christmas Shopping at The Museum Store 10-3 Moro

7 Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Tree Sale 10-3:30 Sherman Co. School

7-8 Cascade Singers Present “A Parker-Shaw Christmas”

9 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

10 Sherman County Watershed Council Board Meeting 8

10 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

10-12 Oregon Farm Bureau Convention, Gleneden Beach

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

11 Rufus City Council 7

12 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board 4 White Salmon

13 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

17 Wasco City Council 7

18 Sherman County Court 9

23-31 Sherman County School Christmas Break

24-25 Sherman County Government Holidays

25 CHRISTMAS

31 NEW YEAR’S EVE

31-Jan. 1 Sherman County Government Holidays

snowflake-pinkJANUARY

2 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

7 Moro City Council 7

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman Senior Center Advisory 12:30

10 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

11-13 Columbia River Circuit Rodeo Finals, Yakima, Washington

29 Tri-County Court 11

29 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 11:30


 

Sherman County eNews #289

CONTENTS

  1. Blogging Basics 101: How can I make money from my blog?

  2. What is a blog?

  3. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 10

  4. FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with your Smart TV

  5. The Opportunity to Grow

  6. Thankful

  7. The Dalles Multi-Church Worship Choir, Dec. 6, 8, 13 & 15

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


“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors.” —Thomas Jefferson


“Give thanks for each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I do recommend and assign Thursday … next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” —George Washington (1789)


1. Blogging Basics 101: How can I make money from my blog?

arrow-right“BloggingBasics101.com provides different guides about Blogging and Social Media.

You want to make money, right? Of course you do. Everyone wants – and needs -to make money. So you started a blog since you’ve heard it’s an easy way to make cash, but you’re not quite sure how to actually make money doing it. Or maybe you already have a blog and you’re exploring ways to monetize it.

“No matter which group you’re in, making money with a blog – whether it’s a hobby blog or a business blog –is possible. It’s not a get rich quick ordeal, but if you do it right, you could make enough to support your family and more. Let’s dive in and see how you can make a profit with your blog.”  https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-can-i-make-money-from-my-blog/.

“How do I start a blog?”

https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-do-i-start-a-blog/.


2. What is a blog?

computer.keysA blog is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style. A blog (shortening of “weblog”) is an online journal or informational website.

There are many reasons for starting a personal blog and only a handful of strong ones for business blogging. Blogging for business, projects, or anything else that might bring you money has a very straightforward purpose – to rank your website higher in Google SERPs, a.k.a. increase your visibility.

As a business, you rely on consumers to keep buying your products and services. As a new business, you rely on blogging to help you get to these consumers and grab their attention. Without blogging, your website would remain invisible, whereas running a blog makes you searchable and competitive.

So, the main purpose of a blog is to connect you to the relevant audience. Another one is to boost your traffic and send quality leads to your website.

The more frequent and better your blog posts are, the higher the chances for your website to get discovered and visited by your target audience. Which means, a blog is an effective lead generation tool. Add a great call to action (CTA), and it will convert your website traffic into high-quality leads. But a blog also allows you to showcase your authority and build a brand.

When you use your niche knowledge for creating informative and engaging posts, it builds trust with your audience. Great blogging makes your business look more credible, which is especially important if your brand is still young and fairly unknown. It ensures presence and authority at the same time. https://firstsiteguide.com/what-is-blog/


 3. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 10

The North Central Public Health District Full Board of Health will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon.  This meeting is open to the general public.


4. FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with your Smart TV

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense with your TV.

Yes, I said your TV. Specifically – your smart TV… the one that is sitting in your living room right now. Or, the one that you plan to buy on super sale on Black Friday.

Smart TVs are called that because they connect to the internet. They allow you to use popular streaming services and apps. Many also have microphones for those of us who are too lazy to actually to pick up the remote. Just shout at your set that you want to change the channel or turn up the volume, and you are good to go.

A number of the newer TV’s also have built-in cameras. In some cases, the cameras are used for facial recognition so the TV knows who is watching and can suggest programming appropriately. Now – there are also devices coming to market that allow you to video chat with grandma in 42” glory.

Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home.  A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him an easy way in the backdoor through your router.

Hackers can also take control of your unsecured TV. At the low end of the risk spectrum, he can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos. In a worst-case scenario, he can turn on the camera and microphone to that TV hanging in your bedroom and silently cyber stalk you.

TV’s and technology are a big part of our lives, and they aren’t going away.

So how can you protect your family?

  • Know exactly what features your TV has and how to control those features. Do a basic internet search with your model number and the words “microphone”, “camera”, and “privacy.”
  • Don’t depend on the default security settings. Change passwords if you can – and know how to turn off the microphones, cameras, and collection of personal information if possible. If you can’t turn them off, consider whether you are willing to take the risk of buying that model or using that service.
  • If you can’t turn off a camera but want to – a simple piece of black tape over the camera eye is a back-to-basics option.
  • Check the manufacturer’s ability to update your device with security patches. Can they do this? Have they done it in the past?
  • Check the privacy policy for the TV manufacturer and the streaming services you use. Confirm what data they collect, how they store that data, and what they do with it.

As always, if you have been victimized by a cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov or call your local FBI office.


5. The Opportunity to Grow

To some extent, each of us is affected by the environment around us. But, when our happiness depends on what goes on around us, we are in trouble.

Have you ever thought about what happens when we let what goes on in our environment determine how we feel on the inside? When things are going well, we feel good, cheerful, positive, and full of enthusiasm. But, when the least little thing goes wrong, we start to unravel.

If this happens, we can start feeling like a victim, and when we feel like a victim, we give up control of our lives. There are those who believe that we are victims because we have chosen to be that way. This is a harsh critique, but there may be a grain of truth in it. We have chosen to not take the bull by the horns, and confront the obstacle.

Others say that if you are not having problems, you are missing an opportunity for growth. This is exactly the thing we are talking about, because you choose to take charge of how you respond and what you do, regardless of what is happening in your environment.

You know, there is only one thing in life over which we have complete control, and that is what goes on inside our minds. When you choose to take charge of your thoughts, of the things you tell yourself, you become very powerful. Certainly, you may feel disappointment when things go wrong, but you can choose to see all of the setbacks as temporary. You can choose to use them as opportunities to grow. You develop the ability to quickly bounce back when you hit an obstacle, as well as gaining the incredible strength that comes from standing up to adversity.

The choice really is yours to make – it always has been, and will continue to be in the future. You are in charge of you, your beliefs and the decisions you make. There is great strength in that, and, when harnessed, tremendous power for good. ~The Pacific Institute


6. Thankful

For the beauty of the earth,

For the beauty of the skies,

For the love which from our birth

Over and around us lies,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour

Of the day and of the night,

Hill and vale, and tree and flower,

Sun and moon and stars of light,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,

Brother, sister, parent, child,

Friends on earth, and friends above,

Pleasures pure and undefiled,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine,

To our race so freely given,

Graces human and divine,

Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For thy Church which evermore

Lifteth holy hands above,

Offering up on every shore

Her pure sacrifice of love,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

~Folliott S. PIerpoint (1835-1917)


7. The Dalles’ Multi-Church Worship Choir, Dec. 6, 8, 13 & 15

music.notes (2)THE DALLES WORSHIP CHOIR will present four concerts, titled “WE CALL IT CHRISTMAS.”    A Columbia Gorge multi-church choir with approximately 40 members, this is the choir’s 16th year presenting within the community.

Please, come and listen to the choir as they celebrate the Christmas season.   The four performances, all in The Dalles, are:

  • DECEMBER 6TH, 7:00 PM AT CALVARY BAPTIST
  • DECEMBER 8TH, 5:30 PM AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN
  • DECEMBER 13TH, 7:00 PM AT GATEWAY PRESBYTERIAN
  • DECEMBER 15TH, 5:30 PM AT FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

 

The soloists are KRIS RIEFEL, CONNIE FORD, DUANE PURCELL, COLLEEN WORRELL, DUANE PATTON, and SHAWN LUTZ.  The narration will be by SHIRLEY HAMILTON.  The choir is under the direction of SHAWN LUTZ, a private music instructor in The Dalles.

CONCERTS ARE FREE, WITH AN OFFERING TAKEN AT THE END OF THE CONCERT TO FURTHER THE NEEDS OF THIS MINISTRY.


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