Sherman County eNews #243

CONTENTS

  1. Essay Contest for Oregon 4th Graders for U.S. Tree Lighting Ceremony

  2. Sherman Boosters to Serve Tri-Tip Dinner at Hall of Honor Event, Sept. 28

  3. The Times-Journal, Sherman Courthouse Dedication Ceremony, Sept. 7

  4. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

  5. The White House: Ensuring Federal Readiness, Right People in the Right Places

  6. Self-Concept & Safety

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


1. Essay Contest for Oregon 4th Graders for U.S. Tree Lighting Ceremony

SALEM, Ore. – One lucky 4th grader will be heading to Washington D.C. to help light up the U.S. Capitol’s Christmas tree this December, and Governor Kate Brown is holding an essay contest to select the student.

Oregon is providing this year’s Christmas tree at the nation’s capital. Read more here: https://katu.com/news/local/oregon-to-provide-2018-us-capital-christmas-tree-from-sweet-home-ranger-district.

Any 4th grade student in Oregon can apply by writing an essay on why they love Oregon’s outdoors.

The essays must be 500 words or less, and they must be submitted through the governor’s website by September 28: https://www.capitolchristmastree.org/The-Peoples-Tree/contest.

~Source: https://katu.com/news/local/essay-contest-held-to-pick-oregon-4th-grader-for-us-tree-lighting-ceremony


2. Sherman Boosters to Serve Tri-Tip Dinner at Hall of Honor Event, Sept. 28

The Sherman County School District will celebrate the induction of four individuals and one foundation into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor during half-time of the September 28, 2018 home football game against Enterprise High School. The public is welcome to join the celebration at a pre-event reception that will take place prior to the game at 5:30 p.m. in the Event Center.

At the reception, designated speakers will share memories of each honoree and the Booster Club will be serving a tri-tip dinner fundraiser for anyone interested for $10.00.

The 2018 inductees include the generous and dedicated Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Member Mike Beers, Businesswoman, Farmer and Artist Karla (von Borstel) Chambers, United States Navy Executive Officer Don (Gordon) Helyer (posthumously), and long-time Sherman County Superintendent Wily Knighten (posthumously).

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the Sherman County School District. It is the intent of this Hall of Honor to recognize and preserve the memory of students, teachers, athletes, teams, coaches, boosters, and others whose achievements and support have brought recognition and honor to the Sherman County School District.

For information regarding the Hall of Honor or to nominate a candidate for future induction, please visit http://www.shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com and click on the Hall of Honor tab. For questions, call Wes Owens at 541-565-3500.


3. The Times-Journal: Sherman Courthouse Dedication Ceremony, Sept. 7  

The Times-Journal, on September 13, 2018, published a fine account of the dedication ceremony at the Sherman County Courthouse in Moro on Friday, September 7th.


4. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library.

The Library is open School Hours – 8am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-4pm Saturday

SUMMER READING PROGRAM If you missed the Summer Reading Party you can still come in and get your book prize and make your sound wave shirt. Just bring your completed log to the library before September 19th 2018.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

YA Art Club
ART CLUB HAS MOVED TO THURSDAYS
THURSDAY after school in the library.
Grades 6-12.
When it’s over, catch the 5:00 activity bus.

Crafts in Stacks – Saturday, September 22nd at 2:00pm
Water Color Quotes
We will paint a canvas with watercolor then add a vinyl quote or image.
This is a fun and easy project and you do not need any previous experience with watercolor or vinyl to make a wonderful picture. Stop by the library or give us a call before the program to plan your design or come the day of the program with your idea! Please don’t forget to reserve your spot. This project made possible, in part, with funding from the Sherman County Cultural Coalition. No previous skill required! Ages 7 and up. Give us a call to reserve your spot before September 20.

Madero Winds Concert – Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30pm
Enjoy an evening of classical music played on wind instruments presented by Gail Gillespie, Brad Hochhalter, and Dave Bergmann of Madero Winds.


5. The White House: Ensuring Federal Readiness, Right People in the Right Places

“The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority. We are sparing no expense.” ~President Donald J. Trump

ENSURING FEDERAL READINESS: The Trump Administration has taken extensive steps to ensure the Federal Government is prepared for Hurricane Florence and other storms.

President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are monitoring multiple storms, including Florence, Olivia, Mangkut, and Isaac, and the President has mobilized the Federal Government to support response efforts.

The Trump Administration began putting precautionary measures in place before Labor Day.

In anticipation of these storms, President Trump granted emergency declarations for North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

As a result, FEMA will have more authorization to assist areas affected by these storms.

THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN PLACE: The Trump Administration has already put thousands of Federal personnel in place to assist with response efforts for Hurricane Florence and other storms.

More than 4,000 Federal employees, including more than 1,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are working to provide support in response to these storms.

Federal teams have been deployed to support response operations, including teams to assist with incident management, medical assistance, and rescue operations. For example:

–2 Army Corps of Engineers teams are on the ground in the Carolinas and Virginia to assist with planning for debris removal and temporary power support.

–5 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are deployed, including in parts of the Carolinas, Maryland, and Virginia.

–7 FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams have been deployed, including in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia ahead of Hurricane Florence.

–16 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams, including swift water rescue task forces, have been deployed, including in North Carolina and South Carolina.

–The Coast Guard is positioned in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia to quickly mobilize to support search and rescue efforts.

PROVIDING NEEDED RESOURCES: The Trump Administration is dedicating resources to help private and public partners prepare and respond to the impact of these storms.

Federal agencies are working to support efforts by the private sector and State and local authorities to provide needed resources in response to these storms. The private sector is the first source for goods in affected areas, and if those supplies are exhausted State, local, and volunteer agencies provide needed supplies.  Among the prepositioned resources are over 11 million meals, over 18 million liters of water, over 60 thousand cots, and over 1 million blankets.

FEMA has more than two dozen Incident Support Bases, Distribution Centers, and other sites with life-saving supplies throughout the east coast, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands.  FEMA National and Regional Response Coordination Centers have been activated to coordinate with State governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.


6. Self-Concept & Safety

Can a positive self-concept help keep you safe? An acquaintance of the Institute taught a basic self-defense class to women who were staying in a local shelter. This person related that one of the things she stresses in the class is the idea of self-concept.

It appears that how well a woman defends herself depends directly on how a woman feels about herself. Specific to assault, poor self-concept means that we are likely to put others’ rights before our own, meaning that we will allow others to intrude into our territory, that we feel helpless when threatened. And since our actions typically reflect our thoughts, our stride will be tentative rather than confident or assertive.

Educating the women in her classes about “learned helplessness,” they understood that this is a state of mind in which we simply stop trying to change anything because we feel incapable of having any effect. Learned helplessness can be an expected result from a society where women have traditionally been discouraged from mastering their environment.

If a woman feels little control over the direction of her life, choice of employment, the number of children she will have or where she will live and travel, then she isn’t likely to be composed, quick to act, and successful in taking control of an assault situation. She becomes a prime target for predators looking for an easy mark. And this is not territory just for women, but for anyone whose self-image, self-concept and self-esteem are low.

A positive self-concept and high self-esteem are not just nice to have, and they are not tired and worn buzzwords from decades past. They are necessary and essential life skills – for women, children, men, seniors – literally, they are for everyone. ~The Pacific Institute


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

bird.owl3Here’s how America uses its land

Driverless Cars & the Cult of Technology

Resilience: The Latest Articles

Genealogists! Rootsweb is back up and running!

Is Oregon Governor Kate Brown Asking Taxpayers To Fund Her Re-Election Campaign?

The Global Warming Policy Foundation


 

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Sherman County eNews #242

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

church.family1Our Reasonable Spiritual Response

In the first eleven chapters of Romans, Paul describes in detail what God has done for us because of His mercy and love. He wrote of man’s rebellion, his great need to be rescued from his sinful condition, and what Jesus did to accomplish this on the cross and afterward. Then with chapter 12 he turned his attention to how we are then to respond.

We read in Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual [reasonable or logical] service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (NASB)

For those who have trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation we no longer live in fear of judgment for sin because Jesus took care of that at the cross. In response to what He has done we are to lives that reflect who He has made us to be. Specifically, we are to present our bodies, which means the entirety of who we are, back to Him as living sacrifices. It’s the reasonable [Greek: logikos] or spiritual thing to do as we put off living as we once were and put on living as we now are according to what His Word declares to be true of both. Paul describes the path of this new way of responsive living as doing that which is good and acceptable as we remember that our God is perfect and His ways for us could never be any less.

God knows that we all stumble, but His grace is sufficient even for this as we get back up and follow Him.

Joe Burgess
Pastor, Kent Baptist Church


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

REMINDER: PLEASE! No posters or flyers.

CLASSIFIED ADS. Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News (anniversaries, achievements, awards, births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.) here. ~The Editor

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

THANK YOU to everyone who came and fought fire on the Decker property a few weeks ago. There is nothing like Sherman County friends and neighbors who come to help in time of need. ~Decker and Holmes Family

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:

SHERMAN COUNTY SENIOR & COMMUNITY CENTER BENEFIT. We are selling another round of Sherman County photobooks through the end of November. This time it is a fundraiser for the Senior Center in Moro. Books will be between $65-$79, depending how many copies we sell. The book is 70 pages in full color, and showcases the work of more than a dozen local photographers. To view a copy in person please stop by the senior center. To sign up for a copy please contact: Kari Silcox, 541-565-3193, kari@shermancounty.net. Thanks!!

SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM STORE. Jane Kirkpatrick’s new book, “Everything She Didn’t Say,” released on Tuesday 9/4/2018, is now available at the Sherman County Historical Museum Store for $15.99. Museum Members receive a 10% discount. Museum Hours 10-5, May 1st -October 31st. 9/21

 WASCO SCHOOL EVENTS CENTER PRIME RIB DINNER & SILENT AUCTION. Who doesn’t like a good prime rib dinner, complete with appetizers, salad, cheesy potatoes, green beans, homemade rolls, dessert, and wine and beer?    Add a silent auction with items from A-Z, and you’ve got an evening not to be missed!    Mark September 22 on your calendar, get your tickets, and plan to attend the Wasco School Events Center Back to School Night.   Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at WSEC Tuesdays thru Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or at Wasco City Hall during business hours. No tickets will be sold at the door. 9/21

WASCO SCHOOL EVENTS CENTER: WIN THREE NIGHTS AT A WALLOWA LAKE HOME.  Raffle tickets for three nights at a Wallowa Lake home are for sale at the Wasco School Events Center office and at Wasco City Hall.  They can be purchased from WSEC Board members Gail Macnab, Jessie Fuhrer and Linda Krafsic. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Proceeds will benefit the WSEC.  Drawing will be held September 22 at the WSEC Back to School Night fund raiser, and you need not be present to win. 9/21 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

EMPLOYMENT:

FOR SALE: 

SHERMAN COUNTY PHOTO BOOK. We are selling another round of Sherman County photobooks through the end of November. This time it is a benefit for the Senior Center in Moro. Books will be between $65-$79, depending how many copies we sell. The book is 70 pages in full color, and showcases the work of more than a dozen local photographers. To view a copy in person please stop by the senior center. To sign up for a copy please contact: Kari Silcox, 541-565-3193, kari@shermancounty.net. Thanks!! 

NEW BOOK, JUST RELEASED! Jane Kirkpatrick’s new book, “Everything She Didn’t Say,” released on Tuesday 9/4/2018, is now available at the Sherman County Historical Museum Store for $15.99. Museum Members receive a 10% discount. Museum Hours 10-5, May 1st -October 31st. 9/21

COME SEE US AT THE HOOD RIVER HARVEST BAZAAR OCTOBER 12-14:  One of a kind handcrafted furniture and gifts: Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com 10/12

HOME. Home for sale in Wasco, 700 Pemberton St., 3 bed – 1 1/2 bath, Full basement (about 1/3rd of it is finished), Spacious living room / dining room, Wonderful neighborhood, Close to the local School. Just minutes away from The John Day, Deschutes and Columbia Rivers! This house has had a lot of work done to it in the last couple of years. There is a diesel furnace that works great and a new pellet stove installed last winter. The stove was installed in compliance w/ local building codes and passed inspection. The house sits on a double city (corner) lot. There are 2 outbuildings. One is a double car garage that is insulated and has a wood stove. The other is a smaller single car ‘garage’ that has wood floors and works great for a lawn shed for all of your lawn care equipment. This has been a really good house, it’s just way more than we need for our family. Call Daniel at 5419809306. 9/14 

MORO PROPERTY. NEW PRICE OF $44,900.00 A chance to own 1.5 acres close to town but in the country in Sherman County. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. RMLS# 17410095. Contact tiffany@drysideproperty.com 9/28

FOR RENT OR LEASE:  

FREE:

SERVICES:  

GETTING READY FOR COOLER WEATHER?  LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 11/23 

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3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

clock.stopwatch.SEPTEMBER

1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families / Sherman Historical Museum

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Photographs John Day Dam, 50 Years Ago

14 Sherman Football vs. Arlington/Condon 7 at Sherman

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

15 Maryhill Museum Library Storytime 11

15 Wasco County Historical Society Poker Run

16 Wasco United Methodist Church Rally Sunday 10:30

18 Unit 20 Oregon Retired Educators Meeting 12 Hood River

18 Cottonwood Experience Center Ribbon Cutting 1-4 Cottonwood Canyon State Park

18 Sherman Volleyball vs. South Wasco County 5 at Sherman

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

18-19 Oregon State Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting, Condon

19 Sherman Count Court 9

20 Gorge Tech Showcase 6 Wildwood Event Center, Hood River

20 CASA Volunteer Training for Child Advocates Begins

20 Sherman County Book Club Meeting

21 Sherman Volleyball vs. Condon/Wheeler 5 at Fossil

21 Sherman Football vs. Union 7 at Union

22 Sherman Volleyball Varsity vs. South Wasco County Tournament 9 Maupin

22 Smithsonian Museum Day Live at Maryhill Museum tickets at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017

22 “Back to School” Night Fund Raiser for the Wasco School Events Center

22 Romanian Cultural Festival at Maryhill Museum 10-5

22 Free Training for Youth Robotics Coaches 8:30-4:30 Hood River Co. Extension

23 Autumn Begins

24 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

24 Sherman County Photography Club | Steve Burnet OSU Extension Bldg.

25 Sherman Volleyball vs. Dufur 5 at Dufur

26 Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Meeting 6 Sherman Public/School Library

27 Sherman Volleyball vs. Spray/Mitchell 5 at Mitchell

28 Sherman Football vs. Enterprise 7 at Sherman – Hall of Honor Game

28 Sherman County School Hall of Honor Induction Reception

28 Association of Oregon Counties District 3 – Wasco County

29 Sherman Invitational JV Tournament 9 at Sherman

29 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

clock.793OCTOBER

1 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10 Rufus

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Lowell Smith Photography 10-5

2 Madero Winds Concert 6:30 Sherman County Public/School Library

3 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Church of Christ Refreshments and social time at

6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

4 Sherman Volleyball vs. Ione 5 at Sherman

5 Sherman Football vs. Ione 7 at Ione

6 Sherman Volleyball JV Tournament at Fossil TBD

6-7 Car is King Weekend at Maryhill Museum

7 Afghanistan War Began 2001

7 P.E.O. Chapter EJ “Mission: Possible,” Benefit bike/walk clue-finding tour 12-1 The Dalles

8 Columbus Day (observed)

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

9 Sherman Volleyball vs. Echo 5 at Echo

10 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30 Senior Center

10 Rufus City Council 7

11 Sherman Volleyball vs. South Wasco County 5 at Maupin

12 Sherman Football vs. Imbler 2 at Imbler

12 Columbus Day

12-14 Hood River Harvest Bazaar

13 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Antique Gliders & Bikes

13 Community Renewable Energy Association Board Meeting 10-1

13 Sherman Volleyball vs. Condon/Wheeler 1 at Sherman

15 Eastern Oregon Regional Tourism Gathering 10-3 Condon

16 Sherman Volleyball vs. Dufur 5 at Sherman

16 Frontier Regional 911 Agency 1 Condon

16 Wasco City Council 7

19 Sherman Football 7 at Dufur – Dufur Homecoming

19-21 White Salmon Fall Art Walk

20 Sherman Volleyball Playoffs at Echo TBD

26 Sherman Football District 3 Championship at E. Oregon University TBD

27 Tango at Maryhill Museum 6-9

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment November-April

31 Halloween


 

Sherman County eNews #241

CONTENTS

  1. Historic super load will intermittently close SR 14 and US 97 starting Sept. 17

  2. Free Training for Youth Robotics Coaches on Sept 22

  3. System Support

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, Aug. 15

  5. New free resource launches for those caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease

  6. Goldendale Energy Project Would Create Jobs

  7. First Nationwide Test of Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, Sept. 20


1. Historic super load will intermittently close SR 14 and US 97 starting Sept. 17

ROOSEVELT – What weighs just over 1 million pounds is 360 feet long, 21 feet tall and will soon be traveling through the Gorge? A windmill transformer, of course. In addition, travelers in the area of State Route 14 and US 97 should be prepared for some delays and quite a visual starting Monday night, Sept. 17

Omega Morgan – Portland, in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Washington State Patrol and the Klickitat County Sherriff’s Department, will move the massive piece of equipment over two nights.

SR 14 will be fully closed from 10 p.m. Monday until 4 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 between Roosevelt and the SR 14/US 97 interchange. There will also be intermittent closures with flagger-controlled traffic on eastbound SR 14 near Dallesport and on both directions of US 97 between Toppenish and the SR 14/US 97 interchange during those hours.

From 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 until 4 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, both directions of US 97 between the SR 14/US 97 interchange and Hoctor Road in Goldendale will have intermittent closures with flagger-controlled traffic.

Moving one of the largest pieces of commercial equipment in state history is no easy task, and has been scheduled overnight to reduce the effect on traffic. It requires careful planning and choreography between all the agencies involved. We’ve also ensured that emergency response vehicles will be able to get around the load.

WSP troopers in partnership with Klickitat County Sherriff’s will escort the trailer and transformer from the city of Roosevelt to its final destination on the Goldendale windfarms Rockcreek Substation. 

Closure details:

10 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, through 4 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18

  • Both directions of SR 14 between Roosevelt (milepost 133.0) and the SR 14/US 97 interchange (SR 14 milepost 100.6/US 97 milepost 0.17) will close.
  • Eastbound SR 14 at Dallesport (milepost 84.0) will close intermittently with flaggers controlling traffic.
  • Both directions of US 97 between just south of Toppenish and the SR 14/US 97 interchange will close intermittently with flaggers directing traffic.

10 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, through 4 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19

  • Both directions of US 97, between the SR 14/US 97 interchange and Hoctor Road(milepost 9.32) will close intermittently with flaggers directing traffic.

 2. Free Training for Youth Robotics Coaches on Sept 22

A free one-day training is planned for September 22 to help parents and volunteers serve as FIRST LEGO League (FLL) coaches. Parents who have students interested in robotics are encouraged to consider coaching a team. FLL is for students ages nine to fourteen and is a great way to introduce students to robotics. Teams of three to ten students begin meeting as school starts to prepare for one of the Gorge Qualifying Tournaments, held December 8, 9 and 15. Parent coaches do not need to understand robots or programming; their main duty is helping the students focus and navigating the competition challenges.

On September 22, the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) brings Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) to Hood River for a workshop that covers an introduction to FIRST LEGO League, coaching and mentoring techniques, basic programming and mechanical design techniques to help with robot building. The training is from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, September 22 at the Hood River County Extension, 2990 Experiment Station Dr., Hood River. The required registration links for this free training can be found at gorgerobotics.org.

Additionally, the Gorge Tech Alliance has free robots and laptops for loan to support teams and can also point teams towards scholarships. The GTA’s loaner equipment and support of robotics events is made possible by our regional tech businesses including Google, Insitu and others. The GTA is a non-profit industry association that seeks to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Gorge. Learn more at crgta.org.


3. System Support

If you own a business, you know how important it is to develop systems for getting things done. But have you ever thought about a system for making changes in your personal life?

If you were to ask, you’d find that most people would like to make at least a few changes in their lives. They want to weigh less, stop smoking, start exercising, get better grades, build better relationships, and get a better job… all manner of things.

But if you ask specifically about how they plan to do it, often the picture begins to blur. They are not quite sure, or they have a vague idea but no real plan. Unfortunately, this is where they set themselves up to fail.

You see, if you have a good system in place before you start – a system that you know is likely to produce good results if you follow it – then you are dramatically increasing your likelihood of success. A good system will help you clarify goals, identify specific desired behaviors (or undesirable ones you’d like to change), keep track of whether the behaviors are performed, and provide rewards when you attain a goal or sub-goal. A good system becomes the ignition key to the engine of your life!

With a good system, you also have the support required when you need to tweak your approach to change, in order to make it stick. A little flexibility in the system allows you to make quick course corrections, in order to stay on track toward your goal, and it will help you plan for and deal with relapses or setbacks.

A good system can make the difference between sustained results and a flash in the pan, and will help you turn a new behavior into a habit that you don’t even have to think about. Finally, a good system will help you focus your thoughts in a way that eliminates negative self-talk that pulls you off track, while it increases positive self-talk for additional support.

So, if you’re serious about making changes in your life and you are committed to success, then maybe you owe it to yourself to approach change systematically. ~The Pacific Institute


 4. Sherman County Court Notes, Aug. 15

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

*NOTE:

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on August 15, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve the resolution in the matter of dedicating the Sherman County Courthouse Facility to the community on September 7, 2018 in honor of those who have preceded us and to inspire future generations and authorize County Court to sign.
  • Court will meet in Compensation Board for the Veteran’s Officer on September 15th, 2018.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve hiring an additional three seasonal employees to work from September 4, 2018-November 9, 2018 in the amount of $21,000 to assist the Weed District in controlling noxious weeds on the Lower Deschutes due to regrowth post wildfire.
  • Gorge Net has started construction in Moro; once Moro is completed they will work on Grass Valley until the construction window closes for the year. Contracts are in progress.
  • Motion by Judge Thompson to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (e) Real Property Negotiations.
    • Discussion held on the Golden Hills SIP renegotiation.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to appoint Mike McArthur to the Senior Advisory Council to fulfill the remaining term for Sharon Chard.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve payment of the residual expenses for 2017-2018 in the amount of $244.14 for the Eastern Oregon Counties Association.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis authorize to hire Bob Thomas as a contract employee to be the County Trapper, and authorize Judge Thompson to negotiate terms of a 5 year contract including a 1 year probationary period.
  • Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant, will write a letter to the State Building Codes Office stating Sherman County cannot solely take on building codes, there are no partners at this time, and the State will need to take over Build Codes until further notice.

 5. New free resource launches for those caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease

CLACKAMAS—Providing care for a loved one with Alzeimer’s disease can be a challenge, but AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association announce an enhanced tool to make it easier to find information and resources.

The Alzheimer’s Association and AARP announced they are joining forces to extend the reach of the Community Resource Finder, an online database connecting families with local resources to help address concerns and navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s, dementia and aging.

The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder (communityresourcefinder.org) is a database of dementia and aging-related resources powered by Carelike®. The online tool makes it easy for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, caregivers and those involved in making care-related decisions to find local programs and services.

“Out of the approximately 470,000 family caregivers in Oregon, about 40% of them are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Jon Bartholomew, AARP Oregon Government Relations Director. “We hope this new resource will help reduce caregiver stress and help families deal with this devastating disease.”

The updated database expands the previously available Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Finder, which launched in 2011 and today receives 37,000 monthly visits. The new platform will extend the reach to even more people with care and support needs. It features additional resources from AARP, including webinars, programs and events. It also offers a new advanced search tool to help people find local resources based on specific needs, such as payment options and specialized services. In addition, users are now able to share search results with family and other care team members to help facilitate caregiving decisions, keeping everyone informed.

The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder allows caregivers to search available resources in their area by simply entering their zip code. The database includes listings for a wide range of services, including:

  • Housing options.
  • Care at home.
  • Medical services.
  • Legal services, including elder law attorneys.
  • Community services, such as adult day centers and transportation.
  • Alzheimer’s Association information, programs and services.
  • AARP information, programs and services.

The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder offers additional features to assist family caregivers, including tip sheets to help guide decisions regarding various providers and services, links to online communities, a glossary of terms for caregivers and state-by-state licensing information for residential, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.


6. Goldendale Energy Project Would Create Jobs

California has an energy challenge, and the solution would create long-term jobs in the Mid-Columbia, with Columbia Gorge Community College well-positioned to provide workforce training.

The challenge: California has an ambitious goal of generating 100 percent of its energy requirements through renewable resources by the year 2045. Unfortunately, much of that energy currently comes from solar power generation, which ends as soon as the sun sets – right when household energy demands are highest.

One part of the solution: Store the energy produced by Oregon and Washington wind farms when this electricity would otherwise be lost to the system and sell it to California when the energy is most needed there. Currently, wind farm operators rely on Columbia River reservoirs to store energy, but reservoir capacity is limited. That would change should Klickitat Public Utility District and its partners succeed in building a “pumped storage” energy project near Goldendale.

Pumped storage is a proven technology to reserve and produce energy upon demand. When surplus energy is available, water is pumped uphill to an artificial reservoir, which acts as a large battery. When energy is needed, the water flows through a penstock to a generator downhill, producing electricity.

The trick in making this work isn’t the technology, which is well-tested. The key is in the economics: Can the power generated be sold at a profit, once costs of producing it are taken into account?

That’s where the California energy market, with its vast appetite for power, could make the difference. So far, feasibility studies support the concept behind the “Goldendale Energy Storage Project,” and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a preliminary permit this past March. The system would require two reservoirs located more than 2,000 feet above the Columbia River, north of the former Goldendale Aluminum plant at John Day Dam. The turbine would be located close to river level, on the former aluminum company site itself. Buried penstocks would connect the reservoirs with the turbine. As a “closed loop” system, the project would require only enough water to fill the two reservoirs and replace a minimal amount of water lost to subsequent evaporation.

Private development partners exploring the project with Klickitat PUD are National Grid and Rye Development LLC. The $2 billion project would store the equivalent of 14,745 megawatts of power, more than twice the combined capacity of Oregon and Washington wind farms. Within a matter of minutes, it would produce up to 1,200 megawatts on demand, sending this to California by way of nearby transmission lines already in place. Developers estimate the project would produce 114 permanent jobs.

With its Electro-Mechanical Technology (EM-Tech) program, Columbia Gorge Community College is following the project closely, participating in a site visit this past spring together with local, state and Congressional leaders and project developers. The EM-Tech program has its origins in training for hydroelectric dam operators in the 1990s, and then evolved to prepare wind technicians beginning in 2006. Today, the program prepares students for family-wage careers in diverse industries throughout the region.


7. First Nationwide Test of Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, Sept. 20

Salem, OR – September 12, 2018 – There will be a first-ever nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) on Thursday, Sept. 20. IPAWS encompasses the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA). The test, coordinated by FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be broadcast via radio, TV, cable stations and wireless carriers. The WEA portion of the test will occur at 11:18 a.m. Pacific Time (2:18 p.m. EDT); the EAS portion will occur at 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time (2:20 p.m. EDT).  No action is required by the public.

IPAWS is a national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency alerts and information from emergency officials to the public through radio, TV, cell phones and Internet applications. Although this is the fourth EAS nationwide test, it is the first national WEA test.

“This is the first time a wireless alert has been tested in Oregon, and we don’t want anyone to be caught off guard,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. “No matter where someone is—at work, in their car, at school, at the doctor’s office, anywhere—they should hear and see the alert on their phone,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps.

The nationwide test ensures that in times of an emergency or disaster, public safety officials have methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public. Alerts are rare, but can happen locally, statewide, or nationally.  In addition, the test is a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message, and determine whether technological improvements are needed.  A nationwide WEA message would only be used in the most extreme emergency situation.

“This is a very important test that will help improve our ability to get critical information to the public, both over traditional broadcast venues such as radio and TV, as well as over mobile phones. We encourage our partners, including the media, to help share this important information.”

This test is being conducted by FEMA in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). For more information visit: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.


 

Sherman County eNews #240

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman County School District Communication to the Community

  2. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Induction, Sept. 28

  3. Some Sherman County Fair Event Winners

  4. Wasco United Methodist Church Rally Sunday, Sept. 16

  5. Congressman Walden: 31 days, 2,050 miles, 29 meetings, 12 counties

  6. Free Time to Fill

  7. Friends

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


I believe to go along to get along is unpatriotic. I believe that agreeing with your government on everything they do is unpatriotic. I believe a patriot stands up and holds our government’s feet to the fire, because if you do that, you will get good government. ~Jesse Ventura


1. Sherman County School District Communication to the Community

See Sherman County School news here: https://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/8/9/13895640/2018-09-12_issue_27_communication_to_the_community_-_back_to_school.pdf


2. Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Induction, Sept. 28

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District will celebrate the induction of four individuals and one foundation into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor during half-time of the September 28, 2018, home football game against Enterprise High School.  The public is welcome to join the celebration at a pre-event reception that will take place prior to the game at 5:30 p.m. in the Event Center. At the reception, designated speakers will share memories of each honoree. 

The 2018 inductees include the generous and dedicated Sherman County Athletic Foundation, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Member Mike Beers, Businesswoman, Farmer and Artist Karla (von Borstel) Chambers, United States Navy Executive Officer Don (Gordon) Helyer (posthumously), and long-time Sherman County Superintendent Wily Knighten (posthumously). 

The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of the Sherman County School District.  It is the intent of this Hall of Honor to recognize and preserve the memory of students, teachers, athletes, teams, coaches, boosters, and others whose achievements and support have brought recognition and honor to the Sherman County School District. 

For information regarding the Hall of Honor or to nominate a candidate for future induction, please visit http://www.shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com and click on the Hall of Honor tab.  For questions, call Wes Owens at 541-565-3500.


3. Some Sherman County Fair Event Winners

Cattle Sorting Winners

>> Pro/Novice Class

1st    Debbie Tobin/Patty Boca

2nd   Debbie Tobin/Tessa Larcome

3rd    Kristi Brown/Amy McNamee

>>>Family Class

1st   Angie Counts/Rick Jaggers

2nd   Hayli Sharp/Kayci Sharp

>>>Open Class

1st   Angie Counts/Rick Jaggers

2nd   Pat Nichols/Carrie Kaseberg

3rd    Angie Counts/Sarah Anderson

>>>Draw Pot Class

1st   Carrie Kaseberg/Hayli Sharp

2nd   Pat Nichols/ Amy McNamee

Herdsmanship Barn Winners

1st  Poultry, 580 points

2nd Goat, 555 points

3rd  Swine, 544 points

4th  Beef, 524.5 points

5th  Sheep, 514 points

Car Show Winners

Queens Choice >>> H. Theron Keller, 1936 Oldsmoblie

Grand Marshal Choice >>> Larry Renard, 1940 Ford Street Rd

Kids Choice >>> John Compton 1975 Sting Ray

King of the BBQ >>> Trent Harrison, 1919 Ford Model T

Best of the BBQ John Kiser 1962 Chev pick up

Chore Course Winners

Adult group >>>   Shandi Johnson/Rory Wilson

Adult/Kido Team >>>   Rory Wilson/Natalie Martin (1st)

Jonathan & Allison Rolfe (2nd)

Kids Team >>>>>   Natalie Martin/Allie Marker (1st)

Natalie Martin/Alyssa Greenwood (2nd)

Allie Marker/Alyssa Greenwood (3rd)

Best Determination and finished just out of the money on 5 runs  >>>> Addison Smith

Demo Derby Results>>

Time Trial winner >>  Bow Boston

People’s Choice >>  Brandon Hughes

Hardest Hit >>  Brandon Ashley

Heat #1 >> Brandon Ashley

Heat #2 >Dylan Woods

Heat #3 Brandon Ashley

Heat #4 Jeremy Bird

Finale Winners >>  1st Place  Brandon Ashley

2nd Place Brandon Hughes

3rd Place Bow Boston


4. Wasco United Methodist Church Rally Sunday, Sept. 16

church.family1The Wasco United Methodist Church invites you to join us on September 16, 2018 for our RALLY SUNDAY!!  This is our annual effort to reach out to the entire community and personally invite each of you to come see what God has in store for you at the Wasco United Methodist Church.  We have a Sunday School for children ages 3 to 20 from 10:30 to noon. Snacks are provided for the children every Sunday.  The regular worship service led by Pastor Bob Reasoner runs from 11:00 to noon.  We are excited to have Natasha Sandquist in charge of our nursery this year and James Alley as our new Worship leader!  We hope to see all of you on “Rally Sunday,” September 16, 2018 to get the new year kicked off!!  Questions: Please call Jill Harrison 541-442-5529 or Jaclyn McCurdy 541-980-1853.


5. Congressman Walden: 31 days, 2,050 miles, 29 meetings, 12 counties

American flag2Meeting with the people working on the ground to solve problems in our communities across our vast district is the best way I update my “to-do” list. Throughout the month of August, I sure added to that list. Driving 2,050 miles across 12 counties in our district, I held 29 meetings with concerned citizens, community leaders, local officials, veterans, small business owners, and other hard-working Oregon families.

I also responded to 14,408 messages from Oregonians who called my office, sent postal mail, or emailed me to share their views on the issues facing our state and country. You can always keep in touch with me through my website at https://walden.house.gov/contact-greg.

And please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with a federal agency. Just in the last year, I helped 1,335 constituents with cases, more than 46% of which were veterans seeking help with benefits and health care at the VA. You can call my office from Oregon at 800-533-3303, and I will do everything I can to get results for you.

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District


6. Free Time to Fill

After what seems like a lifetime, the constant background noise of your teen and their friends is gone, and the need for a home-grown taxi service is over. Silence is a new experience, and a little bit out of your comfort zone. The entire situation is not normal. What do you do?

This time of year, as school is back in session (at least in the northern hemisphere), families with teens heading off to college are beginning to notice the Empty Nest Syndrome. All of a sudden, the demands of parental time and attention simply disappear. It is especially apparent if all the kids are gone, and it’s just you and your spouse left looking at each other, wondering what’s next.

Well, what is next? The Empty Nest Syndrome is somewhat similar to Retirement. If you define yourself by the work you do, and then suddenly you don’t have that work anymore, you are lost. In the U.S., studies indicate that the average span of Social Security checks is 13 months, after retirement. People simply give up, because they retired from work, and didn’t retire to something else.

This same thing can happen to Empty Nesters. They knew that one day the house would be empty, but hadn’t planned on what to do next. So, to avoid becoming an Empty Lifer because of the empty nest, it’s time to decide what’s next. Ask yourselves the question, “What do we want? What do I want?”

Take the time to make lists of constructive ways to spend the “free time” you suddenly have. It could be projects around the house, but it could also be taking the time to explore subjects that you have always wanted to understand. It could be digging into that pile of books that you never really gave yourself time to read.

Give full rein to your curiosity, and if you are a couple, plan things to do together as well as on your own. It will bring richness to this new dimension of your relationship. And if you are wise, you’ll find something to do that will benefit someone in need. There is nothing more satisfying to the human soul than to be able to fill the need of another. You give and receive at the same time. ~The Pacific Institute


7. Friends

Your friends will be what you make them. If you are the kind of friend who freely gives of your time and always shows consideration for others, your friends will be generous and kind. If you are the kind of person who takes your friends for granted, neither giving nor expecting much in return, you will attract friends who exhibit the same qualities. In friendship, like attracts like. Assess your behavior occasionally to determine what kind of friend you are. Are you the kind of person you would like to have as a friend? Do you freely give more than you expect in return, or are you always asking and never giving? Do you take the time to stay in touch, to remember friends’ special occasions? When you become so consumed with your own interests that you forget about your friends, you are well on your way to becoming friendless. ~Napoleon Hill Foundation


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

bird.crow.flySherman County School District Communication to the Community

1600 Daily: The White House

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Scholarship Fraud

SNOW ON THE SAVANNAH Giraffes and elephants wander about in the snow after freak blizzards hit Africa

Energy Skeptic Book Review: Deer Hunting With Jesus (political)

“Wild Wild Country,” the Netflix Documentary Series About Oregon’s Infamous Rajneesh Cult, Won an Emmy

Military Times

Defense News

Cooperative Extension adapts to a less agricultural America

Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Blue Wave Project Financing Congressional Candidates in Key States for Presidential Primary

Hurricane Check List

National Association of Police Officers re: Nike & Colin Kaepernick


 

Sherman County eNews #239

CONTENTS

  1. Scholarships for Women & a Mission: Possible Tour, Oct. 7

  2. Editorial: County Commissioners & Transparency in Public Service

  3. Oregon Air National Guard deploys Airmen to support Hurricane Florence relief

  4. Cascade Singers Community Choir Begins Rehearsals

  5. Nurturing Self-Esteem

  6. Sherman County Courthouse Steering Committee Thank You

  7. Sherman County Court Notes, Aug. 1


1. Scholarships for Women & a Mission: Possible Tour, Oct. 7

P.E.O. Chapter EJ presents “Mission: Possible,” a bike or walk clue-finding tour in The Dalles, Oregon on Sunday, October 7, from 1 – 4 p.m. The fundraiser will benefit scholarships for women, so their missions can become possible.

Registration is from 12-1 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Festival Park in The Dalles. Prizes will be awarded from 4-5 p.m. For pre-registration forms and more information: https://www.facebook.com/The-Dalles-PEO-Chapter-EJ-2067023406876657/.

Our P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization) chapter has given thousands of dollars in scholarships to women in the mid-Columbia community over the years.  This fundraiser is a departure from our home tours and downtown The Dalles tours.


2. Editorial: County Commissioners & Transparency in Public Service

County commissioners consider a wide range of services,

  • some shared with the state (assessment & taxation, elections, community corrections, court security, district attorney, 9-1-1, juvenile/ children/ family/ aging/ veterans’ services, alcohol & drug programs, mental health, public health, economic & community development, planning, roads, housing, federal land policy, telecommunications, county fair),
  • and some reserved for the county (including property management, records, county law library, sheriff patrol, medical examiner, animal control, solid waste, surveying, capital projects, county parks and libraries).

Members of the County Court (board of commissioners) are paid for a transparent, ethical, diligent, thoughtful, and collaborative performance of public service. Their work is substantially supported by an Administrative Assistant, Finance Officer, Clerk, Treasurer, legal counsel and others, as well as personnel working for regional boards that deliver services to Sherman County.

County commissioners represent the county on state, regional and local boards in a division of responsibilities. These board meetings, annual, quarterly or monthly, are a routine part of the work that commissioners are paid to perform. Commissioners are routinely chosen to chair regional boards and agree to serve in that capacity based on their interest and work load in an informal rotation among counties. Their reports on these meetings are made during regular meetings of the County Court, and are summarized in the minutes.

Sherman County Commissioners are members of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC). They serve as the Biggs Service District board and on the Public Contract Board of Review, Sherman County Budget Committee and Board of Property Tax Appeals. Service on some assigned boards or committees is ex officio or as a non-voting liaison.

Members of the County Court and its committees and boards are on the same team. As a matter of ethics and integrity, when problems arise, we expect them to be resolved by board members.

For that matter, we’re all on the same team doing what is best for the most people in the county with the resources available to us! We’re all in this together.


3. Oregon Air National Guard deploys Airmen to support Hurricane Florence relief

American flag2PORTLAND, Oregon – Members of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 125th Special Tactics Squadron mobilized to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 12, 2018, to provide humanitarian support for Hurricane Florence relief.

Approximately 12 Oregon Air National Guardsmen departed from the Portland Air National Guard Base at 2:00 p.m. on a California Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft headed to Dover Air Force Base. They will forward deploy from Dover after the Hurricane passes through. The Airmen are prepared to conduct rescue operations as well as reestablish air fields that may become inoperable due to the hurricane.

“This is one of our many missions to protect and serve the United States of America.” said 142nd Fighter Wing Vice Commander Col. Todd Hofford. “We have a very elite group of special operations forces that include Air Force combat controllers and para-rescuemen that have a unique skill set in this time of need.”

Along with the Airmen, the Special Tactics Squadron brought inflatable Zodiac boats, all-terrain vehicles, and mini-bikes to aid in their operations. 


4. Cascade Singers Community Choir Begins Rehearsals

music-notesCascade Singers community choir is beginning its fall season.  The Singers meet under the direction of Miles Thoming-Gale, filling in for long-time director Lloyd Walworth.  Rehearsals take place Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, in The Dalles.  One-hour work sessions also happen Thursdays at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.  The fall project is preparation for a holiday concert in December.  Rehearsals are open to all interested singers.  The choir often appears at community events, with formal concerts at Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, and late spring.


5. Nurturing Self-Esteem

The family is the main place where we develop our self-esteem. It can also be a place where self-esteem withers.

Virginia Satir was a family therapist who influenced and touched people all over the world. She was a pioneer in the study of self-esteem, and had this to say about families: “Feelings of worth flourish in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.”

But if you grew up in a family where one or both parents were abusive, where there were unresolved mental health problems, or where alcohol or drugs were an issue, you know that family life can be very different from this description. It might be fair to say that most of us have grown up in challenging environments. And these environments can be downright damaging.

Perhaps, now it’s time for you to take on a parenting role, and maybe you’re wondering if you can break the cycle. Or maybe you’ve been a parent for a while and realize you could be doing a better job of it. Whatever your situation, you’ll benefit from taking an honest look at your strengths and limitations. Just because you haven’t experienced a nurturing environment doesn’t mean that you can never learn how to create one. The mere fact that you want to make this type of change puts you that much closer to your goal.

You see, when you acknowledge and accept the past, reach out for new understanding (as you are doing now), and then decide you’d like to raise your children in a better way, you are already breaking the cycle. And you are building your own self-esteem – the first step in helping your own children build theirs. ~The Pacific Institute


6. Sherman County Courthouse Steering Committee Thank You

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Courthouse Facility Project steering committee would like to take this opportunity to thank those who attended the dedication ceremony on Friday, September 7th. There are commemorative pamphlets and bottles of water available at the office of the County Clerk for anyone interested in a keepsake. Again, our thanks to those who made this event a success.
~Debbie Hayden, Brad Lohrey, Ron McDermid


7. Sherman County Court Notes, Aug. 1

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

*NOTE:

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”.

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on August 1, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Judge Thompson, to approve Gavenn Lohrey’s project as presented to install clear address markers on houses making them visible from the street as part of his Eagle Scout Program.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Judge Thompson, approve the speed zone order #J7742 for Hilderbrand Lane and the speed zone study #8274 for Scott Canyon/Clark Street.
  • Court reviewed the County Counsel Request for Proposal Submissions. County Court concluded to set up interviews with each firm after August 15th, 2018.
  • Court consensus to continue with Wildlife Services through APHIS for the 2018-2019 year unless otherwise noted.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Judge Thompson, appoint Rick Whitaker to replace Joseph Belshe as Position 3 Training Officer, and to finish out the remainder of the term to expire December 31, 2019, and appoint Carl Langston to replace Julia Belshe as Position 2 Vice Chair, to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Board to finish out the remainder of the term to expire December 31, 2018.  
  • There are several entities involved within the Hemp facility in Grass Valley, and information was provided to the Court just to clarify which entity was in charge of what aspect of the business. Evergreen State Holdings, LLC is the manufacturing company; GV Farm Services, LLC (replaces the name Aurora Gardens) and is the farming company; GV Property Development, LLC is the company who owns the facility at 212 NE North St and is also responsible for opening the Grass Valley Country Market.
  • Sherman County will be loaning Biggs Service District (BSD) interim financing for the Water Systems project. The loan was set at a 4.1% interest rate as requested by the County.
  • County Court concluded to advertise the lots owned in the Asher Subdivision for sale with price based off market value and to be negotiated by the County Judge.
  • Frontier TeleNet brought to the Court’s attention the homes outside of the cities that will not benefit from the Gorge.net fiber to the home project. The wireless system is old and newer version will have the ability to provide more bandwidth while allowing for multiple providers. A rough estimate is set for $75,000 for Day Wireless to provide the work. Commissioner McCoy stated for the record that he would have a possible conflict of interest as he is a rural wireless user. County was interested in looking at the system and obtaining a quote from Day Wireless for the upgrade.

 

Sherman County eNews #238

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

  2. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Fall Grant Cycle

  3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Sept. 18

  4. Notice. Sherman County Court, Sept. 19

  5. Notice. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online, July 18

  6. Finding a Clear Purpose

  7. Sherman County Emergency Services August Activity Reports

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


Participate in the process of your community and country.

One person can make a difference.

Take a stand.

Do something about it.

Look hard at your larger community

–it may need your specific participation.

–Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey


1. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

Sherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms are now available for projects and/or programs in Sherman County. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from SDL are not eligible to apply until their current grant requirements have been met. Revolving loan funds are also available to for-profit entities and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2018, and grants will be awarded by February 1, 2019.

To receive appropriate grant/loan application forms, please submit a letter of request which includes:

• A brief description of your project.
• State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
• Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:

Sherman Development League, Inc.
P.O. Box 11
Moro, OR 97039
shermandevelopmentleague@gmail.com

Questions?
Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or shermandevelopmentleague@gmail.com


2. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Fall Grant Cycle

teamworkManyHandsThe Sherman County Cultural Coalition is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fall Grant Cycle. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: September 28, 2018

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at: www.shermancountyculturalcoalition.com

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:

Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039

Or emailed to: shermanculturalcoalition@gmail.com

Questions?
Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or shermanculturalcoalition@gmail.com.


 3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Sept. 18

 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will hold their first meeting of their year at noon, the 18th, at the Hood River Elks, 3rd & Cascade Ave.  First year retirees from Sherman, Wasco & Hood River Counties are especially extended an invitation to attend the meeting. Of particular interest this year will be the “travelogues” from individual Unit 20 members.

Special guests will be Larry Wagner, State OREA 1st VP and John Schoppert, this year’s Unit 20 scholarship recipient. Dues will also be collected at this time with the exception of first year retirees.  Additional details from 541-478-3429 if needed. 


4. Notice. Sherman County Court, Sept. 19

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  This session will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at www.co.sherman.or.us. 


5. Notice. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online, July 18

Approved minutes for the July 18, 2018 Regular Session are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes https://www.co.sherman.or.us/county-meeting-minutes-archive/


6. Finding a Clear Purpose

Let’s look today at the idea of purpose and how this idea can help you as you continually move toward a better life

Associates of The Pacific Institute have put a lot of time and energy into helping other people develop and strengthen their own clear purpose. Sometimes we call it a goal or a vision, but no matter what we call it, it has tremendous power, especially when it is very clear and we – as individuals, groups, teams, organizations – strengthen and affirm it over and over.

The “catch” in creating a clear purpose is to actually make it clear. If it’s too vague, nothing much will happen. It’s a little like the person who says, “All my life I’ve wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific!” The good news is, it isn’t too late to get specific.

You see, a specific purpose that you care deeply about gives you tremendous energy and tremendous resources. Our awareness gets kicked into over-drive, helping us see more than we would without the goal. There are thousands of stories, every day, about people who have accomplished amazing things out of a strong sense of purpose. Most of them are everyday heroes. You may not read about them in the papers, Facebook posts or see them in YouTube videos, but they are heroes, nevertheless.

What about you? What’s your purpose? If you’re not sure, ask yourself some questions: What do I value? To what do I devote my time and energy? Is my purpose survival, or something more? Has it changed from what it used to be? How might it be different in the future? Or maybe it’s something as simple as, “What can I do to help?”

There is need everywhere we look. It’s a matter of opening up our awareness to understand where our purpose fits another’s need. So, start today to be the everyday hero of your own purposeful life. Almost anything is possible! ~The Pacific Institute


7. Sherman County Emergency Services August Activity Reports

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Manager

Sherman County Ambulance

August 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
       
8-02 9:53 AM Dislocated Hip Moro
8-06 3:31 PM Chest Pain Burnet Extension Building in Moro
8-07 9:06 PM Back Pain Grass Valley
8-08 7:30 PM Dehydration Mack’s Canyon
8-09 7:46 AM Seizure Wasco
8-09 4:04 PM Dehydration Biggs Junction
8-10 10:00 PM Back Pain Moro
8-14 11:27 AM Chest Pain Grass Valley
8-15 3:04 AM Unknown Illness Biggs
8-15 2:43 PM Unknown Illness Moro
8-15 5:41 PM Suicidal Male / Chest Pain Biggs
8-16 11:21 AM Extremely Low Blood Pressure John Day Dam
8-18 6:03 PM Overdose 3 Rivers Motel in Biggs
8-21 5:50 PM Structure Fire Grass Valley
8-23 12:11 PM Medical Alert Wasco
8-24 4:00 PM Football Standby Sherman County School
8-24 7:00 PM Bull Riding Standby Fair
8-25 7:00 PM Demolition Derby Standby Fair
8-26 10:11 AM Fainting Moro
8-27 6:15 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 32
8-27 9:52 PM Fainting Moro
8-28 1:38 PM Fainting Moro
8-28 4:02 PM Lift Assist Rufus
8-29 10:08 AM Seizure Wasco
8-29 12:56 PM 2 Vehicle Head-On Crash I-84  MP# 104

 Moro Fire Department

August 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
8/11 2:16 PM Grass Fire I-84  MP# 104  Biggs
8/12 11:38 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 16.7
8/13 2:21 PM Grass Fire 66101 US 97  Moro
       
       

North Sherman County RFPD

August 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
8-01 11:56 AM Vehicle Fire I-84  MP# 102
8-09 7:46 am Ambulance Assist Wasco
8-11 2:09 PM Grass Fire I-84  MP# 103
8-13 2:22 PM Grass Fire 66101 Hwy 97  Moro
8-15 5:41 PM Medical Assist McDonalds at Biggs
8-21 5:52 PM Shop Fire 61102 Stradley Rd. Grass Valley
8-29 12:52 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Head-on I-84  MP# 104

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

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Sherman County eNews #237

CONTENTS

pencil.sharpEditorial: Let’s Ask the Candidates for Sherman County Judge

The campaign signs are up! It’s time for Sherman County voters to ask Joe Dabulskis and Mike Smith, candidates for the position of County Judge, a few questions. It’s the responsible thing to do!

NOTE: Sherman County eNews is not inviting and will not publish candidates’ answers to these questions. That is not the intent. You ask the candidates! They may answer in person or in campaign materials.  eNews will accept news releases and letters to the editor submitted according to eNews policies:

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Just ask!

QUALIFICATIONS for County Judge w/Juvenile Jurisdiction.

  • Let’s get acquainted. Tell me about yourself, your principles and values, education, employment and military and public service.
  • Why do you want this responsibility?
  • What have you accomplished in your current position or positions?
  • What one quality or skill makes you the most qualified for the position of county judge with juvenile jurisdiction?
  • Describe your qualifications for governance, planning and policy development.
  • Describe your qualifications for serving as juvenile judge.
  • Describe your participation in county activities.
  • What do you like best about serving on a team, committee or board of commissioners?
  • What are your thoughts about Sherman County’s future?

GOVERNANCE & PLANNING.

  • Has the county court ever made use of regularly scheduled long-range planning sessions to avoid bouncing from one reactionary decision to another?
  • Your thoughts on planning?
  • What are the county’s top three or four priorities? How were they determined?
  • Is county government, as currently funded and staffed, sustainable?
  • What can the county government do better?
  • How many people are employed by Sherman County government?
  • What is the population of the county? Is growth predicted?

FINANCE: STRATEGIC INVESTMENT PROGRAM (SIP).

  • Describe the Strategic Investment Program (SIP) (wind energy dollars) and changes we can expect in future revenue.
  • Does the County continue to reserve a percentage of wind farm revenue?
  • Name three or four SIP-funded projects. 

JOBS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

  • What are your ideas for economic development?
  • How has the Sherman County Fiber Project improved our economic development?
  • What is your position on local government competition with private enterprise – internet services, weed control, housing, senior center meals and news services, for example?

SHERMAN COUNTY’S FIBER.

  • Does Sherman County’s Fiber belong to Sherman County or is it part of Frontier TeleNet? Who owns, manages and maintains it?
  • How is it funded? How much has been spent? Are additional funds needed?
  • How many Internet Service Providers use Sherman County’s fiber?
  • Are county government offices connected?
  • Are the Sherman County School and Sherman County Public/School Library connected to Sherman County fiber?
  • Will the fiber serve everyone in the county? Explain.
  • How has the Fiber Project improved our economic development?
  • What, specifically, is in it for me?

FRONTIER TELENET.

Frontier TeleNet, a Chapter 190 organization, has been a very successful Wheeler, Sherman and Gilliam communications service partnership. Three county judges serve on the board and contract for the services of Jeanne Burch, Day Wireless, Rob Myers, Connections, LLC aka Mike Smith, and Management Resources LLC aka Dan Devlin.

  • What are the counties going to do about the administration of Frontier TeleNet? It’s clear that Day Wireless, a contracting firm, is calling the shots; it’s equally clear that this is not an appropriate long-range management plan.
  • What actions have Frontier TeleNet board members taken in response to the recommendations made in the 2017 management and operations assessment?
  • When will Frontier TeleNet’s new website provide current information and 2018 board meeting minutes? https://frontiertelenet.com/
  • Federal E-Rate dollars follow Internet Service Providers that serve schools and libraries. What is the status of the $900,000 reportedly owed to Frontier TeleNet?

SHERMAN COUNTY & RURAL TECHNOLOGY GROUP.

  • How was Rural Technology Group selected to provide internet service?
  • How many Sherman County residents subscribe?
  • Does the county subsidize Rural Technology Group?

FRONTIER REGIONAL 911 AGENCY.

Frontier Regional 911 Agency is a very successful four-county emergency dispatch organization. Board members are four county sheriffs and four county representatives. Frontier TeleNet provides its emergency communications system.

  • A 911 call center in Sherman County has been proposed. What is the need?

PUBLIC PLACES.

  • What is your position on funding public parks? Partnerships?
    • Sherman County’s DeMoss Springs Memorial Park?
    • S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philippi Park on the John Day River?
    • S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Giles L. French Park?
    • Cottonwood Canyon State Park? Facilities? Communication towers?
    • Sherman County Fairgrounds Proposed Event Center.
  • What is your position on weed control for local, county, state and federal lands and private contracts?

You’ll think of others! Call the candidates! Joe Dabulskis 541-442-5548 | Mike Smith 541-306-1202. Ask!