Sherman County eNews #180


  1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Sherman County Court, July 17

  3. Help Wanted: Assistant Child Care Provider ABC Huskies Child Care

  4. Call for Sherman County Artists & Crafters

  5. Wasco County Historical Society Teams Up with Sandoz Century Farm, July 20

  6. A Space to Spark

  7. CGCC Founder’s Cup Golf Tournament, Aug. 3

  8. I Hear America Singing

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

1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017The Library is open BREAK Hours
11am-7pm Tuesday and Thursday
10am-4pm Saturday.

Tuesdays in July at 11am

Galaxy T-Shirt Take 2
Tuesday, July 9 at 6:00pm
Come make your own Galaxy T-shirt. Please bring your own WASHED shirt. Black and dark colored shirts look great!

Library After Hours
Every Wednesday this summer 6pm-8pm
Grades 7-12 (entering)
Movies, Games, Food, Crafts, Music, Hang Out.
If you need a ride, please email Abbey at or call the library at 541-565-3279 and we will try and arrange it.

Summer Movie Night – July 11 at 6pm
Captain Marvel
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 2hrs 3min.

2. Notice. Sherman County Court, July 17

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. 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

3. Help Wanted: Assistant Child Care Provider ABC Huskies Child Care

Assistant Child Care Provider: Part-time position available at ABC Huskies Child Care in Wasco. Experience preferred but will train. Must be a team player, child oriented and able to work flexible hours. For application and further details: 541-442-5024, email Employment Application is available on our website at

4. Call for Sherman County Artists & Crafters

art.toolsIt is not too late sign on as an artist/vendor for the “Wasco School Events Center Presents: An Afternoon of Sherman County Talent.” This fundraiser will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 20th, and will feature local talents sharing their works. We would love to hear from a few more of the talented folks of Sherman County who would like to be a part of this event to show off their works, make contacts with potential customers and even make some sales that day! Contact Melissa Kirkpatrick at WSEC, (541-442-5778) for more information.

5. Wasco County Historical Society Teams Up with Sandoz Century Farm, July 20

Wasco County Historical Society invites the public to join them at the Sandoz Century Farm July 20th, 11:00 a.m. Saturday, 5755 Mill Ck. Rd. in The Dalles.  Family members Mary Sandoz Leighton and Holly Sandoz will share the history of the Farm dating back 139 years. The meeting will be held in the one-room school house next to their Farm Stand.  Free event.

6. A Space to Spark

How do you close the gap between the reality you are living in now and the life you want for yourself in the future? Let’s say you feel that life you are living right now is not the one you want to live. You could do and be so much more, and you know this. However, somehow things just never seem to change much for you.

Does this sound familiar? Are you, or someone you are close to, trapped in an unwanted life, feeling stuck and unable to move? Here is a suggestion for moving forward. Why don’t you try imagining the future you want for yourself? Imagine it so vividly and specifically that you can actually see it. Then, take it even further. Hear it, taste it, feel it, walk around in it! Make it like a movie, starring you.

If you’ve done a good job imagining this future, when you come back to reality, you will be aware of a gap between where you are now and where you want to be. You may feel a bit uncomfortable, but this is good! You see, it is this gap that releases your energy and creativity. Did you know that gas-powered automobiles only move because they have a gap in the spark plug? There has to be room – a space – for the spark to ignite. The same goes for you, for all of us.

For us humans, that space between the way things are and the way we want them to be is the very same space where our drive, energy and creativity have room to ignite. It is the drive and energy that are required to close the gap. Without a vision, a vivid picture of the future you want in your mind, there is no gap. There is no gap, no space, for you to discover your own power.

First, try creating a vision. Then, work at strengthening it every day. Watch what happens when you create a little space for that spark to ignite. ~The Pacific Institute

7. CGCC Founder’s Cup Golf Tournament, Aug. 3 

golf2The 20th Annual Founder’s Cup Golf Tournament, presented by Columbia State Bank and Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation, will be held at Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River on Saturday, Aug. 3. The annual event promises a fun-filled day that brings together golf, friends, food, and raffle prizes. This year, the tournament will benefit student scholarships.

Sponsorship opportunities and four-person team entries are available. To sponsor the tournament, or to register a team at either the gold ($600) or silver ($500) team level, please contact Stephanie Hoppe, or call (541) 506-6113. Only 28 teams may enter the tournament so please contact the foundation to register a team at your earliest convenience.  For more information, visit

8. I Hear America Singing

By Walt Whitman 1819-1892

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

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

bird.owl.limbVigeland Sculptures in Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway

Memorial.  The Children´s War Victims Monument

Hermiston Herald: 14 new Oregon laws to know about

For Oregon Hemp Farmers, The Future Is Green

High Plains Journal: US soy in 100 million panels of Purebond Plywood

Prager U. Video – Was Jesus a Socialist?

The DEBKA File. We start where the media stop.

8 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings named UNESCO world heritage sites

6 Best Game of Thrones Board Games & Expansions Reviewed & Ranked

U.S. states with the most veterans



Sherman County eNews #180


  1. Declaration of Independence, Day of Deliverance, 4th of July

  2. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, July 10

  3. Celebrating July birthdays especially Eilene Eslinger & Nita Hooper’s 98th! – July 14

  4. Sherman County 4-H Camp Hawaii at Camp Morrow

  5. Open letter to the non-agricultural community

  6. Stop Before You Start?

  7. Share Your America | ASSE International Student Exchange Program

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

1. Declaration of Independence, Day of Deliverance, 4th of July

American flag2Upon the signing of our Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, that the 4th of July “ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

He added, “You will think me transported with Enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”  ~Mark Alexander, The Patriot Post

2. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, July 10

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on July 10th,
2019. The public is welcome to attend! 6p.m at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.).

3. Celebrating July birthdays especially Eilene Eslinger’s & Nita Hooper’s 98th!

July 14th

Grass Valley Park & Pavillion at 12:15-ish

We will start after Grass Valley Baptist church

If you wish to join us for church, it begins at 10:45am

Questions call Leta Ann 541-325-2993.

4. Sherman County 4-H Camp Hawaii at Camp Morrow

4-H clover1With the theme of “Hawaii”, alohas were heard and leis plus grass skirts worn at the 2019 Sherman County 4-H Camp held June 19-21 at the Camp Morrow lakeside facility outside Wamic.  Thirty campers in grades 4th through 6th were guided by eleven teen staff.  Cabins were named after Hawaiian islands, and a big luau dinner and dance party was held the last night of camp.  The camp’s educational focus was the outdoors, with class instructors from Sherman and Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation districts on natural resources; archery instructors from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, a nature mindfulness class, nature arts and crafts classes, a survival class for the teens, paintball, field games, and outdoor cooking done by the campers at their lunch and dinner times.  The camp is sponsored by the Sherman County 4-H Association which thanks several donors who helped with scholarships for campers:  Sherman County Prevention, Art and Shirley Decker, and an anonymous donor from Sherman County.

5. Open letter to the non-agricultural community

By John Gladigau, South Australia, June 2019

I am from a third generation family farm at Alawoona in the Northern Mallee region of South Australia. In 2006 I was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship and studied collaborative farming around the world throughout 2007, visiting USA, Canada, NZ, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands and France.

In 2008, I joined with three partners to start Collaborative Farming Australia Pty Ltd, which consults with individual farmers, families and industry groups who are looking at collaborative farming options. In my role with CFA I also speak to many farm and industry groups, as well as other conferences all over Australia.

In 2009, my wife Bronny and I joined with Robin and Rebecca Schaefer to create “Bulla Burra”, a 9000 ha collaborative farm near Loxton, which incorporates both of our properties along with leased and sharefarmed land.  Continue here…

6. Stop Before You Start?

Many people are afraid of failure, but do you know anyone who is afraid of success? Today, let’s talk about this all too common problem. But first, ask yourself, “Am I afraid of success?” Even if your first instinct is, “No, of course not!” you might want to think about it.

Stories abound regarding people who walked away after an initial success, for a variety of reasons. Harper Lee, author of the American classic To Kill A Mockingbird, said, regarding Mockingbird, “I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers but, at the same time, I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. Public encouragement. I hoped for a little, as I said, but I got rather a whole lot, and in some ways, this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful death I’d expected.” From the book’s publication in 1960 until she passed away in 2016, Lee withdrew from public life, publishing very little.

There are many reasons why we might turn away from the challenges that could bring us success, but it is usually because we just don’t believe we have what it takes to pull it off. Our self-efficacy is low, so we avoid as much as possible, as often as possible. Where in your life has opportunity knocked, and you didn’t answer the door?

The good news is that self-efficacy can be improved. One way is to remember the successes you have had in the past, and vividly imagine yourself repeating similar successes in the new situation. Another is to set yourself up to succeed by taking on risks you are pretty sure you can handle, and then gradually – step by step – upping the ante.

It is important to surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you, while you control your self-talk and negative thinking. You don’t want to end up stopping yourself before you get started.

Begin today to live your life in the present, and not in the past, so you will have no regrets in the future. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Share Your America | ASSE International Student Exchange Program

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, in cooperation with your community high school, is now looking for local families to host students between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Japan, Germany, Italy, Thailand, and Spain, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and are excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

If you are interested in opening your home and sharing your family life with a young person from abroad, please contact us today for more information, call (800) 733-2773, go online at or email

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

bird.owl.bookOpinion. Bob Quinn: It’s time to break our addiction to farm chemicals

Open letter to the non-agricultural community

Watch your language! Synonyms

America’s cocaine habit fueled its migrant crisis and it’s destroying Guatemala and Honduras.

Why Is Everyone So Upset About the Betsy Ross Flag?

Watch the aircraft that flew over Trump’s July 4 Salute to America

How working people and unions fared in the 2019 session of the Oregon Legislature

About 200 residents turn out to Department of Energy’s Thursday hearing on B2H project

Oregon Capital Chatter: The real reason that HB 2020 failed


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2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

caricatureskeNEWS POLICIES:

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. No posters or flyers.

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.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
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  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
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  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.


WELCOME to THE TIMES-JOURNAL and the TRI-COUNTY REGION, STEVE & RENEE ALLEN! We’re pleased that opportunity brought you to this remarkable weekly newspaper! ~Sherry Kaseberg, Sherman County eNews

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS, MAC & JAN STINCHFIELD of THE TIMES-JOURNAL!  You and The Times-Journal are and have been a remarkable asset for our three little counties. Your commitment … your knowledge of the places, the people, the state, politics, statute, local government, journalism, local history … with proven ethics and integrity… are appreciated! Thank you for your contributions to the Sherman County Journal exhibit at the Sherman County Historical Museum and for keeping and sharing the history of local newspapers. You are one of a kind, Mac, and I thank you!  The new owners have a wonderful opportunity. ~Sherry Kaseberg, 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




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


HELP WANTED. Sherman County Preschool is looking for a capable person(s) to put together equipment before preschool starts in September. Items to be put together are an outdoor play structure and a couple cabinets/shelves. Pay is negotiable, but please be prepared to provide professional references. Contact Carrie Somnis at or (541) 215-0974. 7/12 

TELLER. Bank of Eastern Oregon is now hiring for a Teller at their Condon branch; 30 hours/week, Monday-Friday. Position will also provide coverage to Arlington, Fossil & Moro branches as needed. Valid driver’s license required. Company car provided when travel required to those branches for coverage. Incumbent should have previous cash handling & customer service experience, and be proficient in use of computers; previous banking experience a plus. Successful candidate must pass a pre-employment drug, credit, and background screening. Applicants may apply at , click on Career Opportunities (towards bottom of Home page). Bank of Eastern Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Application closing date: 7-8-2019.   7/12


LOCAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR, HANDYMAN & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Ready for spring projects, large and small, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 7/26




sign.forsaleFOR SALE:

VEHICLES. Surplus for sale by Sherman County:

2000 Ford E450 Bus

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 125,490 miles

As Is Condition

VIN #: 1FDXE4553YHB96056.

2008 Jeep Patriot

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 87,058 miles

As Is Condition: Possible Drive Train Issue

VIN #: 108FF28W18D605526.

2014 Dodge Charger

Auto Transmission

Mileage: ~ 99,856

As Is Condition

VIN #: 2C3CDXAT4EH158884.

Sealed bids must be submitted to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 by 5:00 pm Monday July 15, 2019. Bids will be opened and read aloud during County Court on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. ALL ENVELOPES AND BIDS MUST BE LABLED WITH THE ITEM YOU ARE BIDDING ON. Minimum bid for Ford Van: $2,000; Minimum bid for Jeep Patriot: $2,000; Minimum bid for Dodge Charger: $10,000. To request a viewing appointment, contact the Office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416. 7/12

HAND-CRAFTED BARREL STAVE FURNITURE. Locally handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other reclaimed materials. Special orders accepted. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | Call Kevin at 541-993-4282 |







HELP WANTED. Sherman County Preschool is looking for a capable person(s) to put together equipment before preschool starts in September. Items to be put together are an outdoor play structure and a couple cabinets/shelves. Pay is negotiable, but please be prepared to provide professional references. Contact Carrie Somnis at or (541) 215-0974. 7/12

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



6 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

6 U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Town Hall 10:30 Sherman County Courthouse

8 Sherman County School Board of Directors Meeting 6

8 & 9 Sherman County Court re: Building Codes 

8-11 Sherman 4-H Kids Food Preservation Day Camp ?

9 Sherman County Watershed Council 8

9 Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30

9 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

9 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2

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

10 Rufus City Council 7

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

12-15 National Association of Counties Annual Conference, Las Vegas

12-14 Athena Caledonian Games, Athena, Oregon

14 98th Birthday Ice Cream Social for Eilene & Nita 12:30 Grass Valley

15-18 Food Preservation Day Camp for Kids

16 Frontier Regional 911 Board 1:30

16 Tri-County Community Corrections Board 3:30 Gilliam County

16 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

17 Sherman County Court 9

18 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR

20 Starry Night at the Museum – Maryhill Museum of Art

20-21 Maryhill Museum: Free Admission for Sherman County

21-24 Sherman 4-H Kids Food Science Baking Day Camp

22 Maryhill Museum Summer Art Institute

24 Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler Tri-County Courts 10-2 Condon

24-27 Jefferson County Fair

24-28 Hood River County Fair

27 Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo in Pendleton

31-Aug 4 Union County Fair


1 Sherman County Fair Board 7

1-5 Deschutes County Fair

3 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

5 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Sherman

5-9 Sherman 4-H Kids Drama Day Camp, Sherman County School

5 Grass Valley City Council 7

6 Moro City Council 7 City Hall

6-10 Baker County Fair

6-10 Umatilla County Fair

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Executive Board Meeting 4

7 All County Prayer Meeting Rufus Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

7-11 Wheeler County Fair

8-11 Crook County Fair

8-11 Grant County Fair

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

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

13 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3:30

14 Sherman Senior & Community Center Advisory Board 12:30

14 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

16-18 Equine Mania LLC Summer Escape (541) 980-7394

20 Wasco City Council 7

20-25 Sherman County Fair

21 Cattle Sorting Competition at the Sherman County Fair

31 Rummage Sale 10-3 Wasco School Events Center

alphabet blackboardSEPTEMBER

1 Rummage Sale 11-3 Wasco School Events Center


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

7 Farmers Market 10-4 Moro

7 Night on the North Bank, Maryhill Museum’s Annual Benefit Auction


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  1. Restore Oregon’s 2019 Heritage Barn Workshop, Sept. 14

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

  3. Precious Time to Think

  4. Coalition Receives $1.5 Million to Provide Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables to Low-Income Oregonians

  5. Oregon’s paid family leave now one of the USA’s most expensive

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

1. Restore Oregon’s 2019 Heritage Barn Workshop, Sept. 14

farm.windmillOn Saturday, September 14, Restore Oregon will host their annual 2019 Heritage Barn Workshop where barn owners will learn practical solutions from experts on how to maintain, rehabilitate, and adapt old barns for today’s needs. Attendees will learn about the history and construction of barns as well as maintenance, stabilization, funding opportunities, and preservation. The workshop will also highlight the crucial steps toward transitioning the family farm to future generations. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience live hand-hewing demonstrations by David Rogers, founder and operator of Logs & Timbers, LLC, who has over 40 years experience in log building restoration.

Heritage barns are an iconic symbol of Oregon’s agricultural and rural heritage. With the rapid changes in farming and ranching, diminishing resources, and loss of skilled craftspeople with knowledge of barn preservation and restoration, there is a special urgency for preservationists to partner with the agricultural community. Restore Oregon, through its Heritage Barns Task Force formed in 2011, has made it a priority to bring together the state’s most well-versed experts to share their experiences and skills. We are honored to offer this opportunity to support Oregon ranchers, farmers, barn owners, barn enthusiasts, and their allies in sharing their passion for our agricultural heritage and their ability to retain and enhance its usefulness into the future.

The annual Heritage Barn Workshop will be held in Bend at the Bend Park and Recreation District’s historic Hollinshead Barn. Restore Oregon has partnered with the Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission to provide this exceptional educational opportunity. Space is limited, purchase your tickets today at<>.

Event Details:

When: Saturday, September 14 from 10 AM – 5:30 PM

Cost: $40 per ticket, includes snacks, lunch with choice of sandwich and side, and beverages

Location: Hollinshead Barn in Bend, Oregon, 1235 NE Jones Rd, Bend, OR 97701

For more information, please call 503-243-1923

2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday July 3 @ the Grass Valley First Baptist 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

3. Precious Time to Think

Does being alone have to mean loneliness? Not necessarily. In fact, there is a good chance we all could use a certain amount of solitude. How much time do you spend alone, and how do you use this solitude?

If you live with others, time alone may sometimes seem like a precious commodity. However, it is important that you arrange to have some time alone, now and then. Not just a few minutes or hours, either, but a significant chunk of time you can call your own, planned for and taken.

If you live alone, you may feel isolated and lonely. Perhaps you try to fill your time with company or busy-work to keep yourself distracted. With hundreds of cable channels and the endless labyrinth of the internet, it’s pretty easy to keep ourselves distracted.

However, solitude, if you use it wisely, presents some wonderful opportunities for self-knowledge and growth that you really can’t get in any other way. Time alone, spent positively and thoughtfully, gives us a chance to explore our own values, develop a personal philosophy, and discover what is really important to us, without having to contend with other people’s expectations.

Now, this isn’t something you can do in one sitting and it’s not necessarily easy, either. But it is exciting and meaningful, and when you ask yourself the right questions, the answers you come up with can change your life. For example, what contribution do you want to make to the world? What is missing in your life? What is there too much of? What are your passions, what really gives you joy? Where is your life out of balance? What would you like to accomplish before you die?

Perhaps now would be a good time to set aside some moments of solitude and let those things you’ve been pushing away – because you have told yourself that “I don’t have time right now” – come to the surface. Let go of any fear or trepidation. Give those things you’ve been pushing away some thought-time, and perhaps allow an insight or two to see the light of day.

Getting to know yourself takes time, but it’s almost a guarantee that the effort you make will be well worth it. Time alone, just to think, is priceless. You might even discover a new best friend. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Coalition Receives $1.5 Million to Provide Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables to Low-Income Oregonians

Fighting food insecurity just got a little easier for SNAP recipients 

Portland, Ore – July 3, 2019 – Today, a coalition led by Farmers Market Fund, is pleased to announce the award of a $1.5 million state appropriation to expand the SNAP Double Up Food Bucks program. The Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program helps SNAP participants access fresh fruits and vegetables. For every dollar spent on SNAP-eligible foods at participating farmers markets, Double Up Food Bucks recipients will now receive an additional dollar to spend on Oregon-grown fruits and veggies. Over 600,000 Oregonians, more than a third of whom are children, currently receive SNAP benefits.

“We’re delighted the state of Oregon has chosen to invest in Double Up Food Bucks,” says Molly Notarianni, Farmers Market Fund Program Director. “It’s a triple win: these state funds will uplift Oregon farmers, families, and local economies.”

For nearly a decade, Farmers Market Fund has worked to connect SNAP participants with local produce. Additionally, they’ve partnered with Oregon Food Bank since 2015 to offer DUFB at 53 farmers markets and 31 farm shares across 16 Oregon counties. Surveys of participants demonstrate the program’s produce incentives work. “I can hardly afford to feed my growing kids, and junk food is more affordable than healthy foods these days,” explained one shopper. “Thanks to Double Up, I have the opportunity to expose my kids to fresh, local healthy food!”

Despite Double Up’s success, SNAP matching programs currently exist in only half of Oregon’s farmers markets. This leaves many farmers markets, especially those in rural areas, without any SNAP incentive program. The appropriation will support the expansion of DUFB to most farmers markets in the state, as well as new farm share sites. The program will also expand into select grocery outlets, allowing for greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables in areas of the state not currently served by farmers markets.

”Oregon’s farmers markets are very committed to working towards being accessible to customers of all income levels,” says Kelly Crane, Executive Director, Oregon Farmers Markets Association. “This is an important step in that direction.”

“Investing in the Double-Up Food Bucks Programs is a win-win for SNAP recipients, farmers, and Oregon’s economy,” says Spencer Masterson, Associate Director of Partnerships & Programs Oregon Food Bank. “When 1 in 8 Oregonians are facing food insecurity, we support all efforts to put dollars in people’s hands that give them access to fresh, healthy food options.”

The Double Up coalition includes the Farmers Market Fund, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Farmers Markets Association, the Portland Area CSA Coalition, and the American Heart Association, organizations that approach ending hunger, improving health, and supporting farmers from complementary perspectives.

About Farmers Market Fund                                            Founded in 2012 as the charitable companion to Portland Farmers Market, Farmers Market Fund makes healthy, locally grown food accessible to underserved Oregonians. By doubling SNAP benefits at farmers markets across Oregon, Farmers Market Fund helps families bring home more fruits and vegetables, give small farmers an economic boost, and keeps food dollars in our local economy. For more information, visit

About Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and its root causes… because no one should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank believes that hunger starves the human spirit, that communities thrive when people are nourished, and that everyone deserves healthy and fresh food. Oregon Food Bank helps feed the human spirit of 260,000 people a month through a food distribution network of 21 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public policy, local food systems work, nutrition and garden education, health care screening and innovative programming. Find out how to feed the human spirit at oregon food

5. Oregon’s paid family leave now one of the USA’s most expensive

Oregon.Flat.poleBy Oregon Small Business Association

The Oregon House and Senate has passed House Bill 2005 which mandates a new paid family and medical leave tax that establishes a new state-run insurance program. This applies to businesses with 25 or more employees and to employees who earned more than $1000 in wages.

This bill allows up to 12 weeks of paid leave relating to issues of birth of a new child, adopting a child, adopting a foster child, illness, recovery and caregiving for someone in your household. House Bill 2005 is the first paid leave plan in the nation to offer low-income workers a 100% wage replacement. This 100% wage replacement would be among the nation’s most generous and expensive.

The 1% tax is on gross wages of employees and is split between employer and employee. Payroll taxes to the paid family and medical leave fund would not begin until January 1, 2022. If signed by Governor Kate Brown, Oregon would join California, Washington and six other states in becoming a paid family and medical leave mandate state.

House Bill 2005 was very controversial during the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session and almost did not pass. The bill lasted until the final weekend of the Session before the June 30th midnight deadline when the Oregon Legislature officially convened.

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

bird.owl.limbOregon’s Bounty Farm Stand Guide

Condon Chamber of Commerce

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce

Amazing Exhibits at Sherman County Historical Museum

Oregon Governor Signs Sweeping Union Rights Law Affecting Public Employers

Commentary: Moving grain is a major market for U.S. and Canadian railroads

Drugs at sea – more coke plus more ships equals more problems

Oregon driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants won’t trigger voter registration


Sherman County eNews #177


  1. The Star Spangled Banner

  2. Condon’s Fabulous Fourth of July – All Roads Lead Home – July 4

  3. Sherman County Court Special Session re: Building Codes, July 9

  4. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, July 8

  5. Cultivating Hope

  6. Editorial: Thoughts of the New Editor/Publisher of The Times-Journal

1. The Star Spangled Banner

The complete version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” showing spelling and punctuation is from Francis Scott Key’s manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection. The melody Francis Scott Key used for his song was the popular English tune known as “To Anacreon in Heaven.” Anacreon was an ancient Greek poet noted for his praise of love and wine. Written about 1775 by John Stafford Smith, the tune was originally the “constitutional song” of the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen’s music club in London. 

American flag2O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight

O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep

Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,

‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion

A home and a Country should leave us no more?

Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand

Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land

Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

2. Condon’s Fabulous Fourth of July – All Roads Lead Home – July 4

fireworks1~Honoring Grand Marshals Tom & Ann Greiner!

~Join us for a full day of family fun!

~Community Breakfast 7:30, American Legion and Elks Club Flag Raising & Program, Performances and Grand Marshal Introductions

~Windmill Classic 8k Run/5k Walk registration 7-7:30 City Park, 8 o’clock start

~Activities Around Town: 9:30 Library Book Sale | 10:30 Hula Hoop Contest | Elks Club Beer & Wine Garden | Lunch at downtown establishments | Parade at 12

~Afternoon Activities: Soap Box Derby | Tricycle Race | Sidewalk Chalk Art | Condon Pool free swimming 1-4 | Kids Games on the Football Field  & Artisans’ Market 4 | Live Music | BBQ with Paradise Rose Chuck Wagon 5:30-7 | Raffle 6:30 | Grand Marshal Reception 6 | Music by Countryfied 7 |

~Fantastic Fireworks at Dark


3. Notice. Sherman County Court Special Session re: Building Codes, July 9

LogoShermanCoSchoolThe Sherman County Court will hold a Special Session at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday July 9th, 2019, via phone conference, in the County Courthouse in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039, to approve partnering with Wasco County on the Building Codes Program.


4. Notice. Sherman County School District Board of Directors Meeting, July 8

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library.

Agenda topics include Oath of Office for Newly-elected Board Members Paul Bish and Jeremy Lanthorn; Election of Board Officers; Comments from Visitors; Recognition of Students, Staff and Community Members; Adoption of Consent Agenda including Final Hire of Ashley Macnab, Kindergarten Teacher, and Preliminary Hire of Jessie Flynn, Instructional Assistant; Reports and Presentations; New Business including Designations of Chief Administrative Officer, Business Manager/Deputy Clerk, Custodian of District Funds, Borrowing Limit, Budget Officer, Meeting Dates/Times/Locations, Depositories of District Funds, Official District Newspaper, and Approval of Healthy and Safe Schools Plan and Surplus Items.

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District may address other matters as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors. If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660. The Sherman County School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Sherman County School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.
American with Disabilities Act: Please contact Wes Owens at the district office at (541) 565-3500 if you need accommodation to participate.  Please telephone at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date.  Thank you.

5. Cultivating Hope

Everyone would agree that a hopeful attitude is a good thing. But what exactly is hope? Can it be learned? Centuries of folk wisdom and religious teaching have taught the benefits of a hopeful attitude. These days, researchers believe that hope may be associated with good health and greater success, both personally and professionally.

But what exactly is hope? According to Dr. Rick Snyder while at the University of Kansas, hope is a practical, goal-oriented attitude – a stance people assume in the face of difficulty. Hope combines a goal-directed determination with the ability to generate the means of reaching the goals.

Dr. Snyder developed a test to measure hopefulness, and he found that college students who scored high in hope also turned in the best academic performance, regardless of high school grades or SAT scores. Folks who are injured or seriously ill do better when they have high hopes, as well. Actor Christopher Reeve had every intention of walking again, and had he lived, none of us would have been surprised to see him do so. Hope was a very large part of his being.

The research also suggested that – all other things being equal – a hopeful attitude helps people overcome obstacles like poverty, lack of education and even lack of social support. It is those people with hope, who can express that hope, who will best weather their circumstances. Hope seems to bolster the will to survive, and without hope, the will to continue fades away.

Can you learn to be hopeful? Of course! Start by seeing “failure” as an opportunity to learn rather than a flaw in your character, and make a habit of remembering your past successes. Break down your long-term goals into short-term sub-goals, and reward yourself for reaching them. Visualize a positive outcome for every situation, affirm yourself for all your good qualities, and no matter what happens, hang on to your hope.

And while hope may not be a strategy in the face of encroaching external disasters, it is a vital component to internal resilience. Cultivate it.  ~The Pacific Institute

6. Editorial: Thoughts of the New Editor/Publisher of The Times-Journal

computer.keys~Posted by permission of The Times-Journal   

“Steve’s Editorial

“When we told friends that we were going to move to Condon and run a weekly print newspaper, the general response was confusion or even downright concern. Had we not gotten the memo? Rural America is in decline and print media is dying. What could we possibly be thinking? The United States has been urbanizing rapidly for more than 100 years and in western states, urbanization trends have outpaced the rest of the country. Today, Western parts of the United States are classed as being the most urbanized in the country and the majority of U.S. cities can be found in the west.

“The decline of rural America is thought to be an inevitable and irreversible consequence of automation and the ‘pull’ of greater economic opportunity in cities. Fewer people are needed on farms and in rural industry as a result of improved technology and urban areas have harnessed economic growth and the ‘new economy’ of technology and finance. One also does not have to look far to see the carnage of print media. The Oregonian has had seven rounds of layoffs since 2010 and the size of the paper itself is bewilderingly small. Western Communications, which owns the Bend Bulletin, Baker City Herald, the La Grande Observer and the Redmond Spokesman, recently announced that it would be dissolving the company and selling all seven newspapers that it owns in the northwest. An incredible one-fifth of American newspapers have shuttered or merged with larger media in the past 15 years, according to the Daily Yonder, which tracks rural newspapers. The internet has replaced the need for print media for many people and social media coupled with the 24-hour news cycle has gained a strangle hold on information.

“Had we not seen the writing on the wall? Is this a midlife crisis? No. We can’t be happier with our decision. Small town America is alive and is due for a resurgence. The quality of life in small towns will continue to bring people home, as it did for us, and we believe that it will also bring other urban dwellers who want a better life. While my family has enjoyed many of our experiences in Portland, Phoenix and most recently, Richmond, Virginia – the cost of living, traffic, social discord and fast pace of life are a turn-off. Urban dwellers know this routine: waiting in line to drop children off at school, to then get on the interstate and battle traffic, clocking-in at work, rushing for lunch, to finish work and then to get the kids from aftercare before they close. Rushing to get errands done on the weekend and wondering why the traffic is so bad on a Saturday morning. A bump in the night – did I lock the door before bed? A neighbor who has seen something suspicious and the police looking for a suspect. Arranging play dates for children and trying to organize every aspect of both work and family time is exhausting.

“People are increasingly beginning to question the rewards of urban life. The cost of living alone is startling. To afford an 800 sq. ft. two bedroom in the San Francisco area would require earnings of $61 per hour, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard. Oregon’s most populated cities of Portland, Eugene and Bend have some of the worst housing price-to-income ratios in the country. Home ownership rates for young people are lower today than they were in 1988 and an estimated 10 million Americans are spending more than half of their income on housing. While rural areas are in no way immune to housing constraints and people in the countryside undoubtedly struggle to make ends meet, the upsides of life in small communities are obvious, at least to us.

“Small community newspapers are also doing surprisingly well and are not suffering the fate of larger media markets. The Economist magazine and Editor & Publisher Journal have written about small market newspapers and believe that with shrinking urban newspapers – small newspapers have an important role to play in peoples’ lives. Tight-knit communities take pride in their local newspaper and contribute content and support. The localized content that small newspapers provide will not be offered anywhere else, especially as newsrooms shrink in larger markets. Print media is a crucial part of the community fabric and will never go away.

“The Times-Journal has had an excellent publisher in Mac and Jan Stinchfield who not only put out a quality paper week in and week out but also showed up for the community in other aspects. We aspire to continue this legacy and to show up for the community. Although Sherman, Wheeler and Gilliam counties face an uncertain future – we will strive to keep the Times-Journal as a fixture in the community and a voice for the tri-county area. With your support and guidance, we are confident that we will achieve this goal.”  ~Steve Allen


Sherman County eNews #176


  1. America the Beautiful

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

  3. Building Codes Meetings, July 8 & 9

  4. By Loving Example

  5. Food Preservation Day Camp for Kids, July 15-18

  6. Sherman County 4-H News: The Goatees 4-H Club

  7. Downtown Hood River Walking Tours in July

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

1. America the Beautiful

Words by Katharine L. Bates, Music Materna by Samuel A. Ward

O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain;

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood,

From sea to shining sea.


O beautiful for pilgrim feet,

Whose stern, impassioned stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat

Across the wilderness!

America! America!

God mend thine every flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control,

Thy liberty in law!


O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife,

Who more than self their country loved,

And mercy more than life!

America! America!

May God thy gold refine,

Till all success be nobleness,

And every gain divine.


O beautiful for patriot dream

That sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam,

Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!

God mend thine every flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self control,

Thy liberty in law.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday July 3 @ the Grass Valley First Baptist 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

3. Notice. Building Codes Meetings, July 8 & 9

ShermanCoLogoA quorum of the County Court will be present for Building Codes meeting with Wasco, Wheeler, and Gilliam Counties to be held on Monday July 8, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR. 97039.

A quorum of the County Court will be present for Building Codes meeting with Wasco County to be held on Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Wasco County Administrative Office, 511 Washington St # 101, The Dalles, OR 97058.

4. By Loving Example

What is the best way to teach children? There are many theories about the most effective way to teach children. Some say repetition is important, while others say hands-on experiences are better. Some say kids learn best in a highly structure environment, while others think the freedom to experiment works best.

Perhaps the best way to teach children – is by loving example. This means that if you want your children to enjoy reading, cuddle them while you read to them, from a very early age. If you want them to be respectful, give them your respect. If you want them to be honest, tell them the truth. And, if you want them to be affectionate, treat them that way.

If you want your kids to be good communicators, give them plenty of interest and attention. And, if you would like them to eventually be capable of a good, solid relationship with a spouse, work on your own marriage until it shines. You see, it won’t matter what you tell them, if what you do doesn’t match up with what you say.

You can tell them to be honest, but if they know you cheat on your taxes, lie about being sick to your employer, or say one thing in public and another at home, they will learn from your behavior – not from your words. The principle of personal accountability won’t have a chance to grow in them.

So, if you want your children to be happy and competent, don’t worry so much about exactly how or what subjects to teach them. If you put your energy into living the best life you can, and make sure your kids know that they are well-loved, you will be teaching them a lesson that will stay with them throughout their lives. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Food Preservation Day Camp for Kids, July 15-18

arrow-rightKids or grandkids need something to do? Sign’em up for “Put It Up” Kids’ Food Preservation day camp at Sherman Extension Office 9am to noon Monday July 15 through Thursday July 18. They’ll learn how to make jam, freeze food, can fruit, dry food, make jerky and make pickles. Spaces are limited so call today to sign up 541-565-3230.

6. Sherman County 4-H News: The Goatees 4-H Club 

4-H clover1The Goatees 4-H club met on June 30 at 4:36pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were T’Sharra, Wyatt, Mercedez, Clay, Emerson, Savanna, Lexi, Austin, Coral, Caleb, Michael, Melanie, Kaelex and Kiara.  Pledge of Allegience led by Lexi, 4-H Pledge by Coral.  What we did during the meeting:  1-talked about what to feed, how much to feed; 2-what to wear, the showing arena; 3-supplies responsibility, 4-what not to do in the barn, 5-barn duty, 6-setting your goat.  We will be meeting at the fairgrounds July 28 to have our fitting and showmanship clinic.  Our next meeting will be July 28 at 10am.  Meeting adjourned at 4:55pm.  Signed T’Sharra Lanthorn, News Reporter.

7. Downtown Hood River Walking Tours in July 

The summer Walking Tours through historic downtown Hood River are now in full swing and continue on every Monday in July.  Hear the tales of personalities and politics that shaped the colorful history of Hood River. Revel in the unique architectural heritage at the heart of our thriving town and learn how transportation shaped its dynamic growth. The tour begins at the historic Hood River Hotel, First and Oak Streets, at 10:30am on any given Monday in July.  The $10 fee includes one free entrance to the Museum at any future time. Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and bring water if it’s hot. No reservations necessary.

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeFinancial Times: Putin dismisses liberal elites in exclusive FT interview

Commentary: ‘It’s the Spending, Stupid!’

Oregon’s Minimum Wage Will Rise July 1st, But Think Tank Says It Still Falls Short of Livable

The Federalist: No, The Trump Administration Is Not Torturing Migrants


Sherman County eNews #175


  1. A Quorum of the Sherman County Court, July 9

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

  3. Weather: July Outlook & the June Climate Summary

  4. Hansell Cancer Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously

  5. Columbia Gorge Community College launches community, business survey

  6. Getting the Message Across

  7. Weekly Unemployment Benefit Payments Increase

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

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

1. Notice. A Quorum of the Sherman County Court, July 9

ShermanCoLogoA quorum of the Sherman County Court will be present for a Building Codes meeting with Wasco County to be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Wasco County Administrative Office, 511 Washington Street #101, The Dalles, OR 97058.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, July 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday July 3 @ the Grass Valley First Baptist 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

3. Weather: July Outlook & the June Climate Summary

sun.circleYou can find the July outlook and the June monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

~ Marilyn Lohmann, National Weather Service Pendleton – 541-276-7832

4. Hansell Cancer Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Legislation has been signed by the Governor

SALEM, Ore.— State Senator Bill Hansell’s legislation providing greater insurance coverage for Proton Beam Therapy has been signed by Governor Kate Brown following a unanimous passage in the Legislature. Senate Bill 740 establishes a statewide standard that health care plans cover Proton Beam Therapy on a basis no less favorable than the coverage for radiation therapy.

Proton Beam Therapy is a form of particle therapy that uses a beam of protons to irradiate cancerous tissue. Proton Therapy is unique in that the protons stop after depositing radiation doses in the cancer cells and does not damage healthy tissues. This leads to fewer side effects for patients. More about Proton Beam Therapy can be found at the National Association for Proton Therapy.

Hansell (R-Athena) released the following statement:

“As a nineteen-year cancer survivor and former patient of Proton Beam Therapy, I’m proud that this legislation passed unanimously. Proton Beam Therapy can save lives while ensuring that patients have minimal side effects. This innovative FDA approved treatment should be a viable option for Oregon cancer patients and this legislation is the bridge to make that happen.”

Hansell worked with medical providers, fellow legislators and representatives from the insurance industry in crafting the bill.

5. Columbia Gorge Community College launches community, business survey

pencil.spiralIt’s been 43 years since a group of community volunteers in The Dalles decided the Columbia Gorge needed better access to jobs training and an affordable pathway to higher education. That grassroots initiative resulted in creation of the “Treaty Oak Area Education District,” later and better known as Columbia Gorge Community College.

From its origins in downtown The Dalles, the college expanded steadily, now with campuses in Hood River and The Dalles and an ever-growing presence on-line.

This summer the college is inviting people across the region to offer their perspective on how this two-year public institution is doing its job. Is CGCC responding to the education and training needs of students, business and industry partners, district taxpayers, and the regional community at large? Is it fulfilling its mission of “Building dreams and transforming lives by providing lifelong educational programs that strengthen our community”?

And, what else should decision-makers at the college need to know? This summer’s community and business survey provides people with an opportunity to provide feedback and offer suggestions. The survey opened June 28 and continues through August.

To take the survey, follow this link or visit the college’s website,

6. Getting the Message Across

How effective are you at getting your message across when you speak? Whether it’s speaking to large groups or small, if you think you could be better, here are a few pointers that might help.

When speaking to groups of people, there is more going on that just the words we use. The actual words we say are only part of the picture when it comes to getting people to remember what we have said. You have probably noticed this before, but it may not have been at the conscious level.

Whether you are speaking in front of a large group, to your kids, or with your boss – they aren’t just listening to your words. Your non-verbal body language – what you are wearing, how you stand or sit, your posture, eye contact, tone of voice – all carry a strong message. For example, if you say, “Tell me about it” to your children, but don’t stop what you are doing and you don’t look directly at them, what you are really saying is, “You are not important enough for me to pay attention to you.” Now, you may not actually say these words, but your children get the message.

Using your voice effectively is important, too. You can set the tone of a conversation by how loudly or softly you speak, and you can emphasize the parts you really want remembered by raising or lowering your voice. Of course, you already know about the impact of smiles and frowns. A smile usually means approval, openness and approachability. But even smiles can be threatening if they don’t match the content of what you are saying.

Effective communication has become a critical component of successful organizations. If you want to be a good communicator, pay attention not only to what you say, but also to the way you say it. The way we say things betrays the agenda (personal or organizational) behind the words. And that is often what will be remembered, long after the words themselves are forgotten. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Weekly Unemployment Benefit Payments Increase

Oregon.Flat.poleThe amount paid to people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased. The maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive will increase from $624 to $648, while the minimum amount will increase from $146 to $151. The change affects new unemployment insurance claims filed on or after June 30, 2019. Those with existing unemployment insurance claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount they have been receiving.

Oregon’s Unemployment Insurance program provides temporary, partial wage replacement for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. The income provided to unemployed workers partially stabilizes the economy in local communities experiencing high unemployment during economic downturns. The Unemployment Insurance program also promotes reemployment and the preservation of a trained, local workforce for businesses during economic downturns. The Unemployment Insurance program administers unemployment insurance benefits, such as federal extensions when they are available, and other specialized programs with partners that include the United States Department of Labor and other state agencies.

Under Oregon law (ORS657.150(4)), each year the Oregon Employment Department recalculates the maximum and minimum amounts of unemployment insurance benefits people can receive. The amounts are set as percentages of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians. The minimum benefit amount is 15% of average weekly wage, and the maximum amount is 64%. Both dollar amounts are rounded down to the nearest dollar, as required by law.

Higher wage growth in 2018 resulted in a 3.4% increase to the minimum weekly benefit and a 3.8% increase in the maximum weekly benefit compared to a year ago.

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

bird.owl.limbOregon Catalyst: Legislature ends: Final List of New Taxes and Laws

7 takeaways from Oregon’s 2019 Legislature

A Fine Time to Become an American

 Sherman County Historical Museum

Sherman County Public School Library

Deschutes River Jet Boat Tours

OSU Researchers Find Way to Starve Drug-Resistant Skin Cancer Cells

OSU Engineers: New nanoclusters cook and kill cancer cells

Military Times: DMZ, where Trump met Kim, is a vestige of Cold War

Demasking the Torture of Julian Assange

Numbeo: Crime Index Rankings

The Limbaugh Letter

Oregon Watchdog