Sherman County eNews #41


  1. Washington’s Birthday or Presidents’ Day

  2. William Lloyd (Bill) Flatt 1929-2018

  3. Winning Workplace Etiquette — in Personal and Professional Life

  4. No Such Thing as Perfect

  5. Small Details

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

“All that is good in our history is gathered in libraries. At this moment, Plato is down there at the library waiting for us. So is Aristotle. Spinoza is there and so is Kats. Shelly and Byron and Sam Johnson are there waiting to tell us their magnificent stories. All you have to do is walk in the library door and the great company open their arms to you. They are so happy to see you that they come out with you into the street and to your home. And they do what hardly any friend will– they are silent when you wish to think.” ― Will Durant

1. Washington’s Birthday or Presidents’ Day

USA.LibertyBell1Contrary to popular belief, the observed federal holiday is actually called “Washington’s Birthday.” Neither Congress nor the President has ever stipulated that the name of the holiday observed as Washington’s Birthday be changed to Presidents’ Day. Additionally, Congress has never declared a national holiday binding in all states and each state decides its own legal holidays. This is why there are some calendar discrepancies. Historically, Americans began celebrating George Washington’s Birthday just months after his death, long before Congress declared it a federal holiday. It was not until 1879, under President Rutherford B. Hayes, that Washington’s Birthday became a legal holiday, to be observed on his birthday, February 22.

Washington’s birthday was celebrated on February 22 until well into the 20th Century. In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holiday Law to “provide uniform annual observances of certain legal public holidays on Mondays.” By creating more 3-day weekends, Congress hoped to “bring substantial benefits to both the spiritual and economic life of the Nation.”

Today, George Washington’s Birthday is one of only eleven permanent holidays established by Congress. One of the great traditions followed for decades has been the reading of George Washington’s Farewell Address—which remains an annual event for the Senate to this day.

In a sense, Washington’s birthday helps us reflect on not just the first president but also the founding of our nation, the values, and what Washington calls in his Farewell Address, the “beloved Constitution and union, as received from the Founders.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY. Although the federal holiday is held on a Monday (the third Monday of February), George Washington’s birthday is observed on February 22. To complicate matters, Washington was actually born on February 11 in 1731! How can that be?

During Washington’s lifetime, people in Great Britain and America switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar (something most of Europe had done in 1582). As a result of this calendar reform, people born before 1752 were told to add 11 days to their birth dates. Those born between January 1 and March 25, as Washington was, also had to add one year to be in sync with the new calendar. By the time Washington became president in 1789, he celebrated his birthday on February 22 and listed his year of birth as 1732.

See….Why We Should Celebrate Washington’s Birthday, Not Presidents’ Day

2. William Lloyd (Bill) Flatt 1929-2018

flower.rose.starWilliam Lloyd (Bill) Flatt, 88, of Condon passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in Vancouver, Wash. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Condon High School gym Saturday, March 3, 1 p.m. A potluck reception will follow at the Condon Grade School Playshed. As Bill was a proud American, the family welcomes those honoring Bill with their attendance to also honor our flag by adorning any type of red, white and blue.

Bill was born April 26, 1929 in Moro, Oregon to Vernon and Lillian Flatt after they had relocated there from North Dakota. Bill commented every winter that while his Dad may have made a few mistakes, moving from North Dakota wasn’t one of them. He was later joined by a brother, Bob, and sister, Lois. He graduated from Moro High School, and later from Eastern Oregon State College. After college, he worked for 1st National Bank in Moro and helped his father with the family business, Flatt’s Truck Service.

Bill met Peggie Cloe in The Dalles and they married in 1950. They moved to Condon bringing Flatt’s Truck Service to the area. Flatt’s local freight soon expanded to include Arlington, Fossil and Kinzua, also transporting livestock, U.S. Mail and household goods for the surrounding communities, including the Condon Air Force Base. Soon after he was persuaded by School Superintendent Ferman ‘Tub’ Warnock, to purchase two school buses. That agreement eventually led to seven buses and a highway coach affectionately named ‘The Blue Devil Bus.’ So was born Mid-Columbia Bus in 1956. Bill enjoyed the early years of MIDCO when he drove the Blue Devil Bus for sporting events, watching his favorite team compete, interacting with the players who affectionately called him ‘Curly’ and making sure the officials knew he was keeping an eye on every call.

Bill, along with Peggie, learned to fly in 1960 and he remained an avid pilot for 40+ years. Flying became a valuable tool for his business, allowing him to see customers and employees face to face always giving the ‘family touch’ no matter the distance from home. In 1976, Bill purchased Schreiner’s Chevron and constructed a new facility for the growing bus business. In 1990 he purchased M&A Auto Parts adding hardware to the business and relocating it to the S.B. Barker Building after an extensive remodeling, leading to it being placed on the National Historical Register, the first to do so on Main Street.

Fifty-nine years after buying his first school bus, and growing MIDCO from two buses to over 900 operating in 52 school districts in Oregon and Idaho, Bill sold the business in 2015 yet always remained vigilant in following MIDCO’s success.

Bill and Peggie raised five children in Condon, Doug, Kevin, Laurie, Bruce and Jeff. He was always active in the community and loved Condon. He served on the Condon City Council, was president of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Condon Fire Department, and lighting the July 4th fireworks display was a source of pride for him. He served on the Blue Mountain Council of Boy Scouts and was a Scout Master. He sat on the board of directors for Meadowood Speech Camp, was Master of the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge and was on the East/ West Shrine Football Game Committee. He was a lay reader in the Episcopal Church.

Bill was a charter member of the Condon Elks Lodge, serving as Exalted Ruler in 1959, District Deputy in 1963 and Oregon State Elks Association President in 1974. He went on to serve as Chairman of the Elks National Americanism Committee carrying the flag in the opening ceremony of the National Elks Convention in Chicago in 1996. Bill was inducted into the Oregon State Elks Hall of Fame in 1999 and stayed actively involved as a Past State President until his passing. He was an avid outdoorsman not missing many deer or elk hunting seasons over the years with his sons. Tent camping with his family was a yearly vacation and was always a favorite.

For many years Bill and Peggie planned motor coach trips to various locations and had a good following of people that traveled with them wherever they were going as they knew it would be well planned and enjoyable. Bill developed Macular Degeneration in 2008 and had to trade his airplane and car keys in for an electric scooter, saying he went from a top speed of 180 mph to 9 mph overnight. He soon adjusted to scooter travel making room for co-pilot ‘Dewey.’ He moved to The Quarry Senior Living in Vancouver when unable to live alone. He enjoyed being near family and the independence his scooter gave him to local stores. Survivors include his faithful companion Dewey; son, Kevin and wife Sandy of Spokane; daughter, Laurie of Vancouver; daughter-in-law Cindy of Joseph; son, Bruce and wife Ellen of Cove; son, Jeff and wife Mellia of Rainier; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggie; son, Doug; son-in-law, Gene; and granddaughter, Steffanie. Memorial contributions can be sent to OHSU Foundation, Elks Children’s Eye Clinic Building Fund, 1121 SW Salmon, Suite 100, Portland OR 97205-2020.

3. Winning Workplace Etiquette — in Personal and Professional Life

• Never drop in on anyone unexpectedly. Call ahead instead.

• Always arrive a few minutes early; there is no such thing as fashionably late in business

• You’ve got two ears and one mouth; use them proportionately.

• Take an interest in others and learn to ask questions to get people talking about themselves; you will be perceived as a great conversationalist.

• Learn to give and receive compliments. When you receive a compliment, accept it graciously. When you make others look good, you make yourself look good too.

• Always be positive, and think before you speak!

Confused About Casual Dress?

Dressing casually in the workplace should be considered a privilege, although many people consider it to be the norm. Years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine going to work dressed in jeans, but today many people do.

Although some people claim that dressing casually increases efficiency, others feel it decreases the decorum in an office. Some people believe that casual dress is here to stay, while others say it is on its way out. Formal Friday’s and Dress Up Days are new themes in some offices.

Employees may enjoy dressing casually, but not all customers appreciate the relaxed attire. After all, sometimes it is difficult to distinguish an employee in an office from the delivery person, and in a retail establishment, this can be a problem if it is difficult to identify someone to help you.

Many people equate casual dress with casual activities; relaxing, running errands, exercising or cleaning. However, what you wear to work should be dictated by industry standards and customer expectations.

The following should never be worn in a business environment unless specified by your employer.

  1. Sweatpants or sweatshirts
  2. T-shirts with slogans or graphics
  3. Over-sized clothing
  4. Under-sized clothing
  5. Spandex
  6. Shorts
  7. Mini-skirts
  8. Sleeveless blouses or shirts
  9. Swimwear
  10. Lounge wear
  11. Athletic shoes
  12. Open sandals
  13. Vintage clothing
  14. Headgear.

Social Graces in Business Places…

The way you handle yourself is just as important in the office as it is at a business lunch, formal black tie affair or social function related to business. Some companies would never consider hiring someone for an important position without first taking them out for dinner. Why? Because the way a person handles him or herself in a more relaxed atmosphere can be very telling. Company picnics and holiday parties can be potential problems: mix a festive occasion, a party after hours, and plenty of free food and alcohol and you have a potential disaster.

Tips for successful meetings, dinners and other work-related gatherings:


  1. Don’t drink excessively
  2. Don’t wear suggestive clothing (too much skin or cleavage, mini-skirts or anything too tight)
  3. Don’t flirt
  4. Don’t hover over the buffet table and don’t stuff your face
  5. Don’t bring a casual date to the office party or bring someone uninvited
  6. Don’t gossip about others
  7. Don’t whine and moan about work or your boss
  8. Don’t get too personal in your conversations
  9. Don’t brown-nose or lavish praise on yourself for your accomplishments
  10. Don’t give gag gifts unless specified to do so
  11. Don’t monopolize the conversation or talk about yourself too much


  1. Extend yourself to those you don’t know well— take an interest in others by asking questions and showing interest in what is being said
  2. Remain standing as much as possible — you will appear more approachable to others
  3. Stay close to the person you are with and be sure to make the appropriate introductions
  4. Stick with safe and light conversation topics
  5. Know how to make introductions and always include some information to provide the basis for a conversation
  6. Always keep one hand free to offer a handshake
  7. Wear name-badges (if provided) on your right side
  8.  If you are not sure if you should give a gift to your boss, consider making a donation to his or her favorite charity or by writing a cheerful note and expressing appreciation for your job, boss, etc.
  9. Have something to eat before the event so you won’t feel the need to stuff your face
  10. Move around the room rather than plopping yourself down in one spot for the evening – this will enable you to mingle and talk with different groups of people


4. No Such Thing as Perfect

Are you a perfectionist? Do you know anyone who is? Let’s talk about the drive to be perfect and what it can cost you.

What is so bad about being good? Nothing at all. But trying to be perfect can cost you a lot in terms of mental health and harmonious relationships. You see, people who can mobilize themselves in the face of tough problems are usually folks who don’t worry about being perfect. They are happy to move ahead with a partial solution, trusting that they will invent the rest as they go along. Obstacles become mere detours on the road to the ultimate goal.

Now, perfectionists will try to tell you that their relentless standards drive them to levels of productivity and excellence that they could not otherwise attain. But often just the opposite is true. Perfectionists usually accomplish less, because they waste so much time paralyzed by fear of failure. They will not start anything until they know how to finish it without any mishaps, and that may be a mistake. While perfectionists seem to have a positive attitude toward whatever they are doing, sometimes it is creative avoidance with a different name.

Even though they don’t know exactly how they are going to do something, high-performance people keep their vision of the end-result uppermost in their minds and forge ahead anyway. They believe that they will get the help they need, find the resources they need, and figure out the how-to’s as they go – and they usually do.

If for some reason they do not achieve the outcome they wanted, high-performance people don’t waste energy beating themselves up about it. They simply learn from the experience and move on. High performance people are resilient and persistent, stay on target, and have confidence in their ability to see it through.

For humanity, there has never been the perfect book, perfect movie, perfect piece of music or musical performance, and certainly no perfect life. The best we can hope for is moments of perfection, that quickly vanish from our perception, leaving only the memory. Perhaps it is time to let go of the dream of unattainable perfection. How about we work on and grow toward higher performance, at whatever we choose to focus on? ~The Pacific Institute

5. Small Details

Don’t overlook small details. Remember that the universe and all that is in it are made from tiny atoms. There is an old expression that says, “If you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.” It’s another way of saying that every job is composed of many small details, any one of which, if overlooked, can create big problems later. If you have trouble dealing with details — paperwork, expense accounts, and other annoying details — set aside a time during your work cycle (daily, weekly, or monthly) to deal with such unpleasant tasks. Prepare yourself mentally to deal with those tasks, and you may find that you dispense with them quickly and efficiently. You may even find that the job wasn’t nearly as unpleasant as you expected it to be. ~Napoleon Hill Foundation

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

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This Is the Insane Amount of Money It Takes to Become an Olympic Figure Skater

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Which American President Was the First to be Photographed?

Donner Party rescued – Feb 19, 1847



Sherman County eNews #40


  1. Candidate Filing Form: Precinct Committeepersons

  2. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Spring Grant Cycle

  3. Grant Awards Announced by Sherman Development League

  4. Reinforcing Change

  5. Maryhill Museum of Art to Re-Open for the Season on March 15

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

 1. Candidate Filing Form: Precinct Committeepersons

Candidates for Precinct Committeeperson

First day to file: February 1, 2018

Last day to file: March 6, 2018

To be filed with the County Elections official.

Also see ORS 248.015 – Precinct Committeepersons

2. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Spring Grant Cycle

The Sherman County Cultural Coalition will begin accepting grant applications March 1, 2018, for the 2018 Spring Grant Cycle. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: March 30, 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: 

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:

Sherman County Cultural Coalition

P.O. Box 23

Moro, OR 97039

Or emailed to:


Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

3. Grant Awards Announced by Sherman Development League

Sherman Development League (SDL) has announced the successful completion of grant awards for 2018 committing $4,035.00 to projects of benefit to Sherman County. 

Formed in 2000 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, SDL’s mission is to provide grants and/or loans in support of community-based programs and projects to enhance the social, cultural and educational environment of Sherman County. SDL provides fiscal sponsorship to organizations and/or unincorporated groups for projects which further its tax-exempt purposes and are of public benefit to the residents of Sherman County. A revolving loan fund has been established to provide loans to for-profit and non-profit businesses. SDL also serves as the Sherman County Cultural Coalition Board and provides related fiscal administration of funds received annually from the Oregon Cultural Trust and matching funds from Sherman County.

Two project applications met the requirements and goals established by SDL. Included are projects proposed by Little Wheats, Inc. and Wasco School Events Center.

Since 2007, the Development League has awarded seventy-three (73) grants totally $1,121,508.00, emergency funding for eight organizations totally $78,412.00 and provided several loans to private and public entities.

Applications for the next round of grant requests will be available in the fall of 2018. Requests for loans may be submitted at any time. ~ Sherman Development League Board of Directors.

4. Reinforcing Change

The finest professional animal trainers never punish their animals, except as a last resort or to prevent injury. They know that punishment only suppresses undesirable behavior temporarily. Once the punishment is withdrawn, the behavior tends to return.

They also know that punishment teaches their animals to hate and fear them – the last thing a trainer wants. If you’ve ever watched “dog whisperer” Cesar Millan, you will understand.

This is no different for people. Just think about it: How well do you learn from someone you would much rather avoid? How well do you respond to someone who is trying to get you to do something by threatening or hurting you? How much do you learn under adverse conditions, and how quickly do you forget what you have learned? Chances are the one thing you will remember is how you managed to avoid anything to do with this person.

Of course, when it comes to children, we need to be realistic. If you have a two-year-old who is too young to reason with and who repeatedly runs out into a busy street, your only alternative may be some form of physical restraint or punishment. 

But, in a vast majority of situations, we can best teach others by praising their efforts, no matter how faltering or incomplete, and building their confidence, step by step. Enlightened leadership knows this works, as these same tactics help create loyalty and engagement within their organizations.

For young children, be sure the learning task is within the child’s capacity, ignore mistakes, focus on successes, and be patient. In fact, patience goes a long way in most situations. We can goal-set all we want, but some situations we simply have no control over. This is where our resiliency and option thinking abilities come to the forefront.

So, focus on the end-result you want, gather your positive self-talk, and let your natural creativity find the answers to the challenges you face. You generally will be pleased with the results. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Maryhill Museum of Art to Re-Open for the Season on March 15

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., February 13, 2018) — Maryhill Museum of Art will re-open for the season on March 15, 2018 with a special exhibition featuring 40 works by Richard F. Lack, one of the most significant and prolific American realists of the last half of the 20th century.

American Classical Realism will also be featured in a concurrent exhibition that includes work by R.H. Ives Gammell, Robert Douglas Hunter and Samuel Rose.  Historic and contemporary European and American landscape paintings, and an exhibition of smaller sculptures, all drawn from the museum’s collection, will also be on view in 2018.

A wide range of related programming for adults and families, including lectures, hands-on art workshops and special events will be offered throughout the year.  Full calendar at


March 15 – November 15, 2018
Richard F. Lack: The Interior Journey—Paintings, Drawings, and Studies
The paintings of Richard F. Lack (1928–2009) combine the form and drawing of nineteenth-century academic painters with the color and atmosphere of the Boston impressionists. His interest in classical painting traditions led him to the atelier of R. H. Ives Gammell, with whom he studied from 1950 to 1956. Lack and Gammell were proponents of “Imaginative Painting” and used the term to describe work that was previously designated as historical—or poetic—painting. It includes historical, religious, mythological, allegorical, fantasy, mystical and symbolic art. Curated by Stephen Gjertson, with assistance from The Atelier and the Lack Estate. Gjertson is a Minneapolis-area artist who was a student of Lack and a former teacher at his atelier.

March 15 – November 15, 2018
American Classical Realism
R.H. Ives Gammell (1893–1981) was one of the last American artists whose training traces back to the French academic tradition of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 1950, he founded a Boston studio to ensure that the classical painting tradition would be preserved. In the early 1980s, one of Gammell’s students, Richard Lack, was asked to coin a term that would distinguish the work of the Boston realists from that of other representational artists. The idea of “Classical Realism” was subsequently articulated.  Maryhill Museum of Art is home to a large collection of these works and this exhibition draws from that material. Work by Gammell and three of his students—Richard Lack (1928–2009), Robert Douglas Hunter (1928–2014) and Samuel Rose (1941–2008)—may be seen in the exhibition.

March 15 – November 15, 2018
Maryhill Favorites: Landscape
This exhibition showcases landscape paintings from the museum’s collection, including historic and contemporary European and American works, and recent paintings from the 2016 and 2017 Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge events.

March 15 – November 15, 2018
Sculpture from the Permanent Collection
On view are 20 small sculptures from the museum’s permanent collection. Highlights include Art Deco ceramics by Seraphin Soudbinine, bronzes by French artist Théodore Rivière, and The Wretched by Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller. 


In addition to the special exhibitions mentioned above, the museum has permanent exhibitions of more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d’art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, a display of more than 75 chess sets from around the world, and the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in haute couture fashions of post-World War II France. The museum’s Native American Gallery features works of art from prehistoric through contemporary, with a particular emphasis on tribes from the Pacific Northwest.  The exhibition Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway shows historic construction images and early scenic views of the Columbia River Gorge.

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

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Protecting Our Children: A Practical Proposal

Audit finds issue with sidewalk ramps along Oregon highways

What Can’t Be Debated on Campus

Opinion: The Free-Speech University

Climate Alarmism Is Still Bizarre, Dogmatic, Intolerant

‘I apologize with all my heart,’ says teen who started Eagle Creek fire

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 2018 News Releases


Sherman County eNews #39


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library, Feb. 22 & 24

  2. Frontier TeleNet Approved Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, Jan. 19

  3. Oregon political stories all in one place – free subscription

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

  5. How many countries are there in the world?

Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again. –Will and Ariel Durant

1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library, Feb. 22 & 24 

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Book Club book – The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Thursday, February 22 at 6pm.

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.

Crafts in Stacks – Sky Necklaces

Saturday, February 24 at 2pm.

We will create two pendants, one representing night sky on a brass blank and another representing the day sky on a glass blank. No previous skill required! Ages firmly 12 and up. Give us a call to reserve your spot before February 22; space is limited to the first 15.

2. Frontier TeleNet Approved Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, Jan. 19


JANUARY 19, 2018

The regular meeting of the Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors was called to order by Chairman Judge Steve Shaffer at 10AM.  This meeting held in the Courtroom of the Gilliam County Courthouse, 221 Oregon Street, Condon, Oregon.

Directors Present:  Judge Steve Shaffer, Judge Lynn Morley and Sherman County Commissioner, Tom McCoy representing Judge Gary Thompson.

Also Present:  Ryan LeBlanc and Todd Cox, Day Wireless System; Mac Stinchfield Times-Journal Newspaper; Kathryn Greiner, City of [Condon]; Rob Myers, Mike Smith and Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet Consultants and Staff.

Directors Changes to Agenda:  None

Minutes:  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Steve Shaffer to approve December 15, 2017 Directors Meeting Minutes as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Financial Statement:  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Steve Shaffer to approve December 15, 2017 Financial Statement as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Gilliam County RFP:  Judge Shaffer provided an update on the Gilliam County Request for Proposal regarding fiber installation.  The RFP has been approved and waiting on details of construction.  Inland Development/Windwave were chosen for this project.  At time waiting for legal counsel to approve paperwork.  Tom McCoy asked who is paying for project?  Commissioner McCoy asked also how the cost is being split?  Judge Shaffer replied there is a verbal agreement that Gilliam County will pay $1,150,000.00 and the City of Condon will add $480,00.00 to project.  The remainder of the project costs will be split among the partners.  There will be 12 pair of fiber in this project.  Commissioner McCoy asked about the format of the agreement on this project and Mike Smith stated it will be the same model as the previous Sherman County Project.

Frontier TeleNet Web Site:  Mike Smith reported the Frontier TeleNet Web Site is up but not complete at this time. is the web site address.

Frontier Sherman County Office Space:  A lease for Frontier TeleNet office space in Sherman County was reviewed. Mike Smith reported the lease has been signed by Sherman County and office is up and running.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Steve Shaffer to approve the office space lease with Sherman County with a $1.00 per year rent.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Frontier 911 Burns Tribe Update:  Ryan LeBlanc of Day Wireless System stated that the goal was to get the connection to the Burns Paiute Tribe up and running by the end of the year.  This goal was met, and the connection is working fine.  Day Wireless is still waiting for some mapping including phones and dispatch will start on February 2, 2018.

Wheeler County Wireless Project:  Ryan LeBlanc, Day Wireless, is working on Phase 1 microwave upgrades which are 95% complete.   Getting ready to move end users to the towers which should improve their service.  This project is being coordinated with Rural Technology Group, who serves the area.  Ryan stated they are getting the last mile to a more efficient system.  There also are phone companies who are interested in serving the three-county area.  A discussion followed on how Rural Technology Group (RTG) works in the three-county area.  Ryan LeBlanc stated the Wheeler County Project has new generation equipment installed and suggested that Gilliam and Sherman County could benefit by upgrading to this equipment.

Digital Switch New User:  Mike Smith reported there is a potential new user for the Digital Switch.  Mike stated he is negotiating with this potential new partner and there is a good chance they will become a Frontier TeleNet Customer.  Mike has sent out an article showing another system having problems and is pleased that Frontier TeleNet does not experience the same due to having the proper equipment.

Intergovernmental Agreement with Sherman County:  This has not been dealt with as legal counsel has been ill.  Will be on the next agenda.

Sherman County Fiber Optic RFP Update:  This has not been dealt with as legal counsel has been ill.  Will be on the next agenda.

Other Items for Good of the Order:  Discussion on Frontier By-Laws and designated alternate as a proxy vote.  Judge Shaffer asked that minutes be sent to County Commissioners in Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler Counties.

Public Input/Comment: Mac Stinchfield inquired about the status of towers at the Cottonwood Park.  Mike Smith replied that landowner contract needs to be signed.  Motorola is building the equipment and the project is going forward.  Mike also stated that the tower is within the “utility strip” and the Wild and Scenic River Act should not be an impact on the project.  Hope to have this up and running in the next six months as emergency and internet service is necessary for the park.

Next Meeting:  February 16, 2018 at Wheeler County Jeanne E. Burch Building.  A work session will follow the regular meeting. There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 11:25 A.M.

Respectfully Submitted

Jeanne E. Burch

Frontier TeleNet Staff

3. Oregon political stories all in one place

Oregon.Flat.poleSALEM — If you’re interested in news about state government, staff members at the state Library provide a service that makes it easy to get all of Oregon’s political scoops in one place.

Jerry Curry and his team of librarians compile a feed of online newspaper articles about state politics and government Monday through Friday. The daily news digest — called eClips — contains an average of 30 to 45 articles, from publications ranging from the Washington Post to the Argus Observer in Ontario.

The online service has been around for about 13 years but previously sent out the news digest in automated email blasts only to state lawmakers and employees, until last year. In February 2017, the state Library migrated the news compilation to a blog format on a WordPress website. The general public can now subscribe to the email blasts and visit the website free-of-charge —

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

Oregon.Flat.poleHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

  • 11: Instances where former Gov. John Kitzhaber likely violated state ethics laws, according to findings released by the state’s ethics commission this week.
  • $55,000: Maximum fine Kitzhaber could pay, according to the Statesman-Journal.
  • 159: How old the state of Oregon is, as of Feb. 14.
  • 9: American Indian tribes in Oregon recognized by the federal government.

55: Small distilleries in Oregon that sell less than $250,000 worth of liquor annually, according to The Daily Astorian.

• 27,455: Marriages in Oregon last year.

• 1: Marriages in Gilliam County, Ore., last year.

• 700-1,000: Feet a climber killed on Mt. Hood, Miha Sumi, fell on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

• 7: Campaign events on Gov. Kate Brown’s calendar last week.

• 14: Cattle worms found in an Oregon woman’s eye, the first time the condition has been documented in a human. The incident became a news story that enjoyed viral popularity this week.

5. How many countries are there in the world?

communication.satellite-intercomBy Political Geography Now

One of the most basic questions for map-lovers is, “How many countries are there in the world?” But anyone who just gives you a number isn’t telling the whole truth. It actually depends a lot on how you define a “country”.

Here are six of the most common answers, each correct in its own way:

195 Sovereign States According to the UN

“Country” and “nation” are casual words for what political scientists call a “sovereign state,” meaning a place with its own borders and completely independent government. The question of which places count as sovereign states can be controversial, but for starters we normally count all the member and observer countries of the United Nations (UN):

      UN Members: 193

      UN Observer States: 2

      Total: 195

These countries mostly all accept each other as sovereign states, and they’re the ones you’ll see on most world maps and lists of the world’s countries. Almost every country you’ve ever heard of is probably a member of the UN, and the two UN Observer States are Vatican City (represented by the Holy See) and Palestine. If you want to know the names of all 195, Wikipedia has a complete list.

The last addition to the list was in 2012, when Palestine became a UN Observer State, and the last time the number of full UN members changed was when South Sudan joined in 2011.

Note: Palestine’s approval as a UN Observer State was controversial, so some lists may still only have 194 countries.

201 States With at Least Partial Recognition

Several more country candidates are left out of the UN itself, but are still officially acknowledged by at least one UN member (this kind of official acceptance is called “diplomatic recognition”). These controversial countries are usually labeled on world maps as disputed territories or special cases, if they’re on the map at all.

      UN Members: 193

      UN Observer States: 2

      States With Partial Recognition: 6

      Total: 201

The six non-UN states with partial recognition are Taiwan, Western Sahara, Kosovo, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Northern Cyprus. All of these are claimed as parts of other countries, but aren’t actually controlled by them (at least not completely). The number of UN members recognizing them varies, from just one for Northern Cyprus to over 100 for Kosovo. 

A few lists also include the Cook Islands and Niue as partially-recognized states. These two places sometimes act like independent countries, but they’ve never actually declared independence or tried to join the UN. They’re usually considered to be highly self-governing overseas territories of New Zealand.

204-207 De Facto Sovereign States

But wait, there’s more! Those six partially recognized countries aren’t the only breakaway states with full self-governance. There are at least three more self-declared countries that aren’t recognized by any UN members at all, but still operate independently from the countries that claim them. These are often called “de facto” sovereign states, a fancy Latin way of saying they’re independent countries in actual fact, even if not on paper.

      UN Members: 193

      UN Observer States: 2

      States With Partial Recognition: 6

      Unrecognized de facto Sovereign States: 3 to 6 (see below)

      Total: 204 to 207

The three places most often considered de facto independent countries are Nagorno-Karabakh, Transdniestria, and Somaliland. And since 2014 there have been three more contenders for the list, questionable because they’re located in active war zones and have only limited government structures: The so-called “Islamic State” is almost out of the running now that it’s lost most of its territory in Syria and Iraq, but the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic, which claim independence from Ukraine, don’t seem to be going anywhere.

Tiny “micro-nations” declared by individual people usually aren’t taken seriously enough to put on the list. The closest contender would be Sealand, but it’s debatable whether this tiny “nation” really counts as having a territory, population, or government, all key ingredients for a sovereign state.

There are also many rebel-held territories (and fully self-governing areas like Puntland state in Somalia) that aren’t controlled by any country, but are left off the list because they don’t claim to be independent. They agree in principle that they’re part of another country, even though they might disagree about who should be in charge, or how the country should be governed.

206 Olympic Nations

Lots of people learn about the world’s list of countries by watching the Olympic Games every two years. If you’re one of them, you might be confused at why the Olympic Parade of Nations claims over 200 members, even though your atlas only has 195. This is because the Olympics didn’t always require applicants to be independent countries. Dependent territories with partial self-government have sometimes been approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and a couple of the partially-recognized states mentioned above have also managed it.

      Olympic Nations that are UN Member States: 193

      Olympic Nations that are UN Observer States: 1

      Olympic Nations that are Partially-recognized States: 2

      Olympic Nations that are Dependent Territories: 10

      Total IOC-Recognized Olympic Nations: 206

About half of the dependent territories in the Olympics are overseas possessions of the US (like Puerto Rico) or the UK (like Bermuda). Some nearly-independent “countries” like the Cook Islands (associated with New Zealand) and Aruba (a “constituent country” of the Netherlands) are included too.

Every UN member country is also in the Olympics, with the latest addition, South Sudan, joining in August 2015. The one UN Observer State in the Olympics is Palestine; Vatican City apparently isn’t interested. As for the two partially-recognized countries in the games, Kosovo became an Olympic Nation in 2014, and Taiwan has been a member for some time, but has to call itself “Chinese Taipei” after a deal struck with China in the 1980s. 

211 FIFA Countries Eligible for the World Cup

Soccer — or “football” as it’s known in many countries — is the world’s most popular sport, and most international matches all the way up to the World Cup are regulated by an organization called FIFA. If you’re a soccer super-fan, you might know that, until recently, there were 209 member countries that compete in FIFA matches (even though most don’t make it to the World Cup). That’s already more than the number of Olympic Nations, and definitely more than the total independent countries on most world maps. Like the Olympics, FIFA didn’t always require independence or international recognition for its members. Now it’s a bit stricter, but any team that’s already a member is allowed to stay. The two newest members, which joined in May 2016, both made it in under special circumstances: Kosovo, a partially-recognized country, was voted in after being recognized by more than half of the UN’s members; and Gibraltar, an overseas territory of the UK, recently got a court order allowing it in without being independent.

Based on European tradition, FIFA also allows England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to compete as separate teams, even though they’re all part of the UK.

      Teams of UN Member States: 186

      Teams of UN Observer States: 1

      Teams of Partially Recognized States: 2

      Teams of UK Constituent Countries: 4

      Teams of Dependent Territories: 18

      Total FIFA Member Associations: 211

You might notice that not all of the 193 UN member states are included. That’s because several very small countries aren’t members, plus the UK is replaced by its four “constituent countries,” which aren’t UN members on their own.

249 Country Codes in the ISO Standard List

Ever been filling out an internet form, and had to choose from a surprisingly long list of countries? You were probably looking at the international standard “country code” list, formally known as ISO 3166-1. Lots of companies and other organizations adopt this standard list instead of spending their own time compiling one. The standard also includes convenient two-letter codes for each country, like us for the United States, de for Germany, and jp for Japan, which you might recognize from website addresses specific to those countries.

This ISO standard is based on an official list kept by the UN…but then why on Earth are there 249 country codes? That’s way more than the total number of UN member and observer countries! Well, the standard list does leave out some breakaway states not recognized by the UN, but makes up for it by listing dependent territories separately from their parent countries. In other words, the ISO list is more an answer to the question, “How many countries and territories in the world?” than “How many countries in the world?”

This means there are “country codes” not just for actual countries, but also for nearly-independent states, overseas colonies, uninhabited islands, and even Antarctica! This is important, because organizations might need an option for every place that any person can be located, and dependent territories often aren’t technically part of the countries they belong to.

      UN Members: 193

      UN Observer States: 2

      States With Partial Recognition: 2

      Inhabited Dependent Territories: 45

      Uninhabited Territories: 6

      Antarctica: 1

      Total: 249

So there you have it! Next time someone tells you “There are 194 countries in the world,” remember that the real answer isn’t so simple!


Sherman County eNews #38


  1. City of Moro Budget Committee Positions (3)

  2. Sherman County School District Communication: Student Safety

  3. SafeOregon, Statewide School Safety Tip Line

  4. Checking the Mirror: Judging Others

  5. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program, March 10

  6. Gene Ann (Tupker) McLean 1937-2018

  7. Register by April 15 for Statewide Day of Service in Historic Cemeteries, May 12 

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

 “Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida: Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 19, 2018.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second. DONALD J. TRUMP”

The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.  –Paul Johnson

1. City of Moro Budget Committee Positions (3)

The City of Moro has three (3) openings for the Budget Committee. The term is two years and is a Council appointed position. This position consists of one/two meetings yearly. Anyone interested in the above position should contact: Erik Glover, Moro City Administrator, 541-565-3535, or send a letter to: City of Moro, Attn: Budget Committee, PO BOX 231, Moro, OR 97039 by April 02, 2018.

2. Sherman County School District Communication: Student Safety

Issue 21 Communication to the Community - Student Safety 2-16-18

3. SafeOregon, Statewide School Safety Tip Line

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon State Police (OSP) reminds students and families to learn more about SafeOregon, the statewide school safety tip line. The tip line is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for students to alert authorities to information that may be useful in preventing school attacks, bullying, and suicidal behaviors.

SafeOregon can be accessed through a phone call, text message, mobile application or the internet by students and other members of the public. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year to review, analyze and route tips for the most appropriate follow-up and urgency. Tip line staff make sure follow-up is noted and recorded.

Superintendent Travis Hampton, “We know the tip line works. We’ve seen other students report concerns about their friends and we’ve gotten their friends help. We’ve been able to get in front of safety concerns. Sometimes students might see or hear something that might be confusing or they are unsure what to do with the information but they do know something isn’t right. That’s where the tip line can help. Students have the opportunity to provide information to a trusted adult that can look into the situation and take it from there.”

The Oregon State Police also encourages students to have conversations with adults around them about anything they are concerned about. Students have an important voice in their own safety, and the safety of their fellow students and school. But, the tip line gives a voice to those students who don’t feel comfortable going to an adult for whatever reason or they might be anxious or afraid.

Since the tip line began in January, 2017 — over 525 tips have been received. The top five types of tips include bullying or harassment, possession or distribution of drugs, concerns about safety issues, cyberullying and sexual harassment.

Today, 813 Oregon schools in the PK-12 grades are signed up to use the statewide tip line. It’s open to private and public schools in those grade ranges. To find out if your school is using the system visit and click on report a tip. Here you’ll see all the different methods of reporting. By clicking on web report form you will see a box for “school name” begin entering your school name. If the school name appears, they are using SafeOregon. You should also talk to your school about how the system works and what you can do to help promote the statewide tip line in your school.

It is against the Oregon Law to misuse the tip line and report false tips. ORS 165.570 For more information visit

Background: SafeOregon became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety. During the 2014 session, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 4087, to establish a Task Force on School Safety. The bill, created a working group to examine steps to improve safety and security at schools across the state. As specified in HB 4087, the task force is made up of representatives from the legislature, the governor’s office, as well as the education and public safety communities. A complete roster of the task force members appears at the left side of this page. For more information on the task force visit the Oregon State Police website at

4. Checking the Mirror: Judging Others

glassesHave you ever heard it said that the things you see and dislike in others are things you probably dislike about yourself? Today, let’s look at this idea in a bit more depth.

When you see things about other people that you don’t like, can it teach you anything about yourself? For instance, if you look at someone and think, “He’s angry, and I don’t like that,” could it be that you don’t like it when you, yourself are angry?

If you look at someone and say, “She’s really scared. Why doesn’t she just do it?”- could it be there is something you are scared about that you wish you would just “do”? Suppose you disapprove of smoking but don’t smoke yourself, so you wonder how that could be about you. Well, ask yourself, “Why do I disapprove of smoking?” Perhaps it’s because smoking is unhealthy. If you look within yourself, you may find that you, too, do things that are unhealthy which trouble you. Or perhaps you may disapprove because you consider smoking inconsiderate, and there are ways that you, too, are inconsiderate.

When we judge others, and if we look within, we will usually find a similar judgment about ourselves. Now, judgments rarely, if ever, do any good. However, once you understand what you really are doing, you can, if you choose, decide to stop.

So, the next time you disapprove of someone else, stop and take a look within. Is there something about yourself that you are consciously ignoring, but subconsciously know you need to learn – and perhaps, act on? ~The Pacific Institute

5. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program, March 10

The next general meeting and program for CGGS will be March 10, 2018 in the downstairs meeting room at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center starting at 10:30. This program will be “Reviewing Updated Genealogical Websites” and will be led by Linda Colton and Georga Foster. The purpose of the program is to update important information about popular genealogical research sites that have changed in content, format or information.  Among the websites that will be covered are Find-A-Grave, Ancestry, RootsWeb and FamilySearch.  An important change in Family Tree Maker will also be presented.  Members are encouraged to bring their laptops and Bring A Friend! Our general meeting/programs are open to the public and a recommended $1.00 donation to defray room rental costs is gladly excepted.

6. Gene Ann (Tupker) McLean 1937-2018

flower.rose.starGene Ann (Tupker) McLean passed away surrounded by her loving family and friends on February 9, 2018. Gene Ann was born December 30, 1937, in Portland, Oregon, to Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Elizabeth Tupker. She was raised in St. Helens, Oregon, and graduated from high school there in 1955. She graduated summa cum laude from Marylhurst College in June of 1959. Her name is inscribed in the school’s Joan of Arc trophy, an honor given to the graduating senior who best exemplifies character, scholarship and loyalty.

In August 1960 she married Riney J. Seeger of Pendleton. They had two sons, John (deceased) and James of Killeen, Texas. After separating from Riney she later married William McLean.

Gene Ann taught French at Tigard High School and Blue Mountain Community College. She later became Dean of Women and Director of Student Activities at BMCC, retiring in 1997. Her work at BMCC extended well beyond her job, and it’s been said that she mothered more rodeo champions than anyone in the world, taking countless students from the school’s rodeo team under her wing and often into her home. The scholarships she provided through the BMCC Foundation each year allowed many students to realize their dream of higher education.

She was active in many aspects of the community, including 15 years as a member of Altrusa International of Pendleton and serving on the board of directors of the Arts Council of Pendleton during the renovation of the Carnegie building into the Pendleton Center for the Arts. Her board tenure included service as both board secretary and board president. Gene Ann also volunteered at Lincoln Primary School and was involved in countless other activities. She loved both college rodeo and the Pendleton Round-Up, and hosted large gatherings each September for visitors from across the country and around the world.

She is survived by son James Seeger, grandchildren R.J. Seeger and Ashley Seeger, great-grandson Elijah Schmitz, sister Jane Raabe of Vancouver, Wash., and brother William J. Tupker of Sacramento, Calif. She was preceded in death by her son John Seeger. A Celebration of Life was held Thursday, February 15 at 1 p.m. in the Bob Clapp Theatre at Blue Mountain Community College. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Gene Ann McLean Scholarship Fund, BMCC Foundation, P.O. Box 100, Pendleton, OR 97801.

 7. Register by April 15 for Statewide Day of Service in Historic Cemeteries, May 12

garden.shovel.barrowSOLVE and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries are partnering for a statewide day of service in historic cemeteries. May 12, 2018 will be the first ever, statewide cemetery clean-up. The goal is to bring as many volunteers out to as many cemeteries as possible.

SOLVE has great experience bringing people together to better their communities. They provide resources to the organizations hosting the clean-up including: project planning assistance and coordinator training, event flyers and pre-event publicity, assistance with volunteer recruitment, online cemetery and volunteer registration, free supplies (litter bags, vinyl gloves, safety vests, first aid kits and more), and access to a small grant for supplies.

If you would like to host a clean-up at your cemetery, now is the time to register. The deadline to have your cemetery included is April 15, 2018. Visit the SOLVE website or contact Monica Gunderson at 503-844-9571 ext. 336, For information on the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685 or visit Oregon Heritage 

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

bird.owl.limb8 facts about love and marriage in America

13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections

Most immigrants arrested by ICE have prior criminal convictions, a big change from 2009

The Scarlet Zero: MACRA Completes Government Takeover of Medicine

Commentary: Health care as a ‘right’ is costly, empty promise

Bend Bulletin Editorial: Governments should not hide bargaining with their unions

Behind the portrait of Barack Obama

How To Make Alcohol – Resilience

Prager U.: Communist Manifesto or Democratic Party Platform?




Sherman County eNews #37


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


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 contact information, 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 here. ~ The Editor




SHERMAN COUNTY WRESTLING CLUB SHIRTS. If you are interested in purchasing a Sherman County Wrestling Club shirt please contact Jeremy Lanthorn with your size. Sizes will be available from Youth Small to 2XL, cost will be $20.00 to cover the cost of the shirt and to help the wrestling club raise money to purchase a new mat as well as competition gear.


Sherman County School Coaching Opportunities. Coaching positions are currently available in the following areas:


Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Head Coach)

Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Assistant Coach)

Boys and Girls Tennis (Head Coach).

These jobs will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing will be required for all positions. For further information and application materials please email Gary Lewis at or Wes Owens at Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


POSITIONS | The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411

COURSE MARSHAL / SUPPORT SPECIALIST WANTED. Watch races and get paid for it too. Oregon Raceway Park is seeking corner workers for the 2018 season. Candidates must be 18 years of age, able to climb ladders, have the ability to be outdoors (sometimes in harsh conditions), have good verbal communication skills and be able to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations. We are proud to offer our event presenters a source of skilled and competent personnel to staff our many and varied events from Auto, Kart and Motorcycle Races. Training will be held March 17, 2018 9am-5pm at 93811 Blagg Lane, Grass Valley, OR. If interested please contact, Brenda Pikl: 541-333 2452 or


Position: Temporary Instructional Assistant

Start Date: February 26, 2018

Position Description: Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified and self-motivated temporary Instructional Assistant with preferred previous experience working in a school environment. The successful candidate will support instructional and other activities as assigned for a twelve week period. This position will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.

How to Apply: For further information and application materials please email Wes Owens at or call 541-565-3500.

Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Start Date 4/2/18

Work Schedule Monday – Friday  7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Current Salary $11.04 – $13.74/hour DOE

Job Description/Responsibility

Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified Food Service Assistant.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening is required.  Health Insurance Package is pro-rated for this 6 hour per day position.

The Food Service Assistant’s primary responsibilities include dishwashing and salad bar preparation. The Food Service Assistant must be able to lift up to 50 lbs., and must also be organized, reliable, self-motivated, capable of planning and scheduling, and is responsible for a variety of other miscellaneous duties to ensure the kitchen and cafeteria are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner.

Application Method/Materials Required Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to:

Wes Owens, Superintendent

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

This position will remain open until filled.

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.



Endorsement(s) Required:

Endorsement in Health Education is required for this position. Other opportunities may become available to increase FTE.

SalarySalary will be dependent upon start date, education, and experience.

Start Date: On or before, January 29, 2018.

Position Description:  Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified .43 FTE Health Education Specialist. The successful candidate will spend two (2) periods each day teaching Health Education classes serving 7th-12th grade students and one (1) period each day as the Yearbook classroom instructor. The workday for this position will be from 7:45 am until 11:15 am. Current paid coaching opportunities that are available at this time include Head High School Tennis Coach and Head High School Track Coach, other potential coaching and advisor opportunities may also become available.


  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to communicate with parents, students and staff.
  • Able to meet the individual needs of all students.
  • Excellent planning, organizational skills.
  • Qualified applicants who have experience and an interest in coaching are encouraged to apply.

About Sherman County School District: The Sherman County School District is a K-12 progressive school with approximately 245 students, located in Moro, Oregon.  The 2016-17 school year saw the opening of a new elementary and remodeled Jr./Sr. High School connected as one modernized facility.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.  For further information and application materials please email Wes Owens at   Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


SURPLUS. Surplus for sale by Sherman County:

–1985 Chevy pickup, 3-Speed Manual Transmission, Mileage: ~ 73,000 miles, As Is Condition, VIN #: 1GBJC34M2FS147531; note: “S” could be a “5”

–1990 Suzuki ATV, Four wheel drive, 21.5 HP engine, Mileage: ~ 1,000 miles, As Is Condition; VIN #: JSAAJ45A6L2102545.

Sealed bids must be submitted to the Sherman County Court, P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039 by 5:00 pm Tuesday February 20, 2018. Bids will be opened and read aloud during County Court on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Minimum bid for pickup: $500; Minimum bid for ATV: $300. For additional information, contact the Sherman County Weed Department at 541-565-3655. 2/16
LAND. RMLS# 17410095. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to Moro but in the country. 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. $50,000. Call Tiffany Hillman with Dryside Property @ 541-993-7006  5/1
HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & NOVELTY GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282  2/24



LOCAL HANDYMAN SERVICES. No job too small. Licensed general contractor. Equipment operator. OR CCB #135768 KCK, Inc.  541-993-4282   3/2





CITY OF MORO BUDGET COMMITTEE OPENINGS (3): The City of Moro has three (3) openings for the Budget Committee. The term is two years and is a Council appointed position. This position consists of one/two meetings yearly. Anyone interested in the above position should contact: Erik Glover, Moro City Administrator, 541-565-3535, or send a letter to: City of Moro, Attn: Budget Committee, PO BOX 231, Moro, OR 97039 by April 02, 2018.   3/30

DAM STORIES. The 60th anniversary of the start of construction and 50th anniversary of the dedication of the John Day Dam will be in 2018. Gladys Wesley, editor of Sherman County: For The Record, plans to devote the spring issue to stories about  construction of the dam and the Biggs bridge and road and railroad relocation. Did you or your parents work on any of these? Do you remember the changes in the area as a result of the added jobs? Did you and/or your family move to Sherman County at the time? Did you attend the opening of the bridge or other events? Do you have photographs of that period? You and your stories are an important part of Sherman County history. Your photos to illustrate your story will be scanned and returned. Send your stories to Sherman County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or to (with subject line Story for FTR). Questions? Contact the Museum: 541-565-3232. Deadline for submission is February 28, 2018. 2/16



2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1 AARP Tax Aide Sites Open Statewide

16 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 10 Fossil

16-18 Winter Fishtrap, The New Agrarians, Joseph, Oregon

20 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators Luncheon Program 12 Portage Grill

21 Sherman County Court 9

21 History After Hours, Fort Dalles Museum 3-6

22 Sherman County Book Club 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

24 OSU Small Farm Conference, Corvallis

25 Happy Birthday Sherman County 1889-2018

26 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnett Extension Bldg.
27 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors 1:15 The Dalles

28 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9

28 Retirement Open House for Rosanna Breeding 1-4 Farm Service Agency


1 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

1-4 National Association of Counties Conference, Washington, D.C.

3 Bill Flatt Memorial Service TBA Condon

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Exec. Board Meeting 4

7 All County Prayer Meeting, Moro Presbyterian Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

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

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 The Roaring Twenties

13 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation Board Meeting 8:30

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

13 North Central Public Health Board Meeting 3

14 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center

17 Celebrate “St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s” 7 St. Peter’s Landmark, The Dalles

22 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4-6 Hood River

23-25 Northwest Horse Fair & Expo & Mustang Adoption, Albany, Oregon


4 Sherman County Court 9

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Church of Christ Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

5 Sherman County Fair Board 7

10 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30

10? Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

10? North Central Public Health District 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Speedsters & Racers

28-29 Oregon Ag Fest, Salem


3 All County Prayer Meeting, Kent Baptist church (Thursday, National Day of Prayer) Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

5 Wasco County Pioneers’ Annual Reunion | Fort Dalles Readiness Center

12 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Popular Postwar Cars


6 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Methodist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Steam Cars, Hit & Miss Engines

15 The June Bugs Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

16-17 A-Town Throwdown: Kite, SUP & Windsurf Competition, Arlington


4 HYATUS Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Grass Valley Baptist Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

8-11 Portland Horseless Carriage Club Tour: Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, John Day

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Traffic Jam Show


Sherman County eNews #36


  1. Program: “The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Its Cemeteries,” Feb. 17

  2. A Line in the Sand

  3. Celebrate “St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s, March 17

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, Feb. 7

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

Political campaigns, like them or not, are part of the process for recruiting, interviewing and supporting candidates. It is our responsibility to understand the requirements of the position sought and the qualifications of the contenders. We think it would be an improvement if we questioned candidates and insisted on responses of substance, specific, direct and accurate. Those we elect work for us, The People.  ~Q.E. McGillicuddy. 

 1. Program: “The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Its Cemeteries,” Feb. 17

IOOF Cemetery sexton Craig Hector will offer stories and photos at the Feb. 17 Regional History Forum program at the Original Wasco County Courthouse.  He will present “The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Its Cemeteries” at the 1859 venue, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

The Dalles’ IOOF lodge was chartered in 1856 and constructed the building at Second and Laughlin Streets that houses the lodge hall in 1904.  Since the nineteenth century, the lodge’s concern for common folks beyond their fraternal organization led them to sponsor cemeteries that were open to all.

This is third program in the 2018 Regional History Forum series.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

2. A Line in the Sand

Living in a society that operates from racist and sexist values is no laughing matter – as is evidenced practically every day in the news. Everybody likes to enjoy a good laugh, and everybody wants to feel that they are a part of a happy group of friends. But what about the times when the laugh seems to be at someone else’s expense?

What do you do when you hear a friend tell a joke that plays on physical, racial, ethnic or gender stereotypes? What do you do when you are chatting with a group of pals and someone makes a remark that indicates intolerance, bigotry or sexism? You sell yourself and our society short if you join these “We’re OK, they aren’t OK” sessions.

For the sake of your own self-esteem and for the sake of a democratic society, you owe it to yourself to be decent and fair and insist that others be the same way in your presence. Refrain from telling, laughing at, or in any way going along with racial, ethnic, religious or gender jokes, or to any practices whatsoever that are intended to demean rather than enhance another human being.

Walk away from them. Stare them down. Make them unacceptable in your homes, places of worship, and the workplace. Perhaps we aren’t all equally guilty, but we are all equally responsible for building a decent and just society – regardless of where we live. The world is too small a place now, to allow this poorly-disguised hatred to fester. And in a time when cooperation is the path to solutions to the world’s challenges, we really don’t need anything else to further separate us.

Racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry and intolerance undermine our strength, and weaken the fibers of our society. Draw this line in the sand, so to speak – one that you refuse to cross. Perhaps this is one group you don’t need to feel a part of today. ~The Pacific Institute

 3. Celebrate “St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s, March 17

“St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s,” the 21st annual St. Patrick’s Day concert at St. Peter’s Landmark, takes place Saturday, Mar. 17, starting at 7 p.m.  Cascade Youth Choir and “Irish Tenors” will join Cascade Singers community choir, the ensemble, and “Almost-All-Irish-Almost-All-Brass Band” for Irish art songs Tin Pan Alley Irish tunes, traditional favorites and sing-alongs, and even a wee bit of contemporary Irish rock!  Admission is a free-will offering to benefit St. Peter’s Landmark, located at 3rd and Lincoln Streets in The Dalles.

4. Sherman County Court Notes, Feb. 7

        By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

(This is a brief and rough summary of topics addressed and is NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and details, please see the official approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the February 21 Court session.)

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on February 7, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

·       met with Georgia Macnab, Planning Director, about the need to prioritize projects that were submitted from the County, Cities, and Fair Board in Sherman County. Project prioritizations, with discussion, are as follows: 1 – Biggs Service District Water System, 2 – South Sherman Fire Hall, 3 – Work Force Housing, 4 – Fair Board Event Center, 5 – City Broadband, 6 – 911 Call Center, 7 – City of Rufus Well Rehabilitation, 8 – Wasco School Events Center Renovation & Obtaining Grants, 9 – Kent Service District Water System, 10 – Moro Infrastructure Projects, 11 – Giles French Park;

·       met with Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), who gave a brief update on the Sherman Cities Broadband Grant. Fiber will be in the core area, which is businesses and some homes in the cities; outlying homes will need to be discussed due to cost efficiency. Jessica Metta, MCEDD, stated the County approved the Request For Proposal (RFP), and is waiting on City of Grass Valley to approve it. Court approved the submission of the Rural Broadband Capacity Pilot Project application. Carrie will now serve as the representative for both Counties;

·       met with Shawn Payne, Emergency Services, who attended Court to go over the Ambulance Service Area (ASA) Plan final update. The State sent it back with revisions needed. Every five years the ASA Plan comes up for reassignment. At the time of expiration in December 2022, reassignment will be advertised as open for other agencies to apply. Court approved the Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan 2018 revision, and authorized Judge Thompson to sign.

·       met with Brad Baird, Anderson Perry & Associates, on the water study that is in progress. Brad stated the current water systems need to have their lines capped, and should not serve businesses after project completion as the new system should serve all businesses in Biggs. Drilling for the well will go out to bid. Aaron Cook, Biggs Service District, reported to the court he is making progress with the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number issue. The DUNS information is set up as: Sherman County, doing business as, Biggs Service District;

·       met with Heath Gardner, Wenaha Group & Steering Committee, for a project update. Currently the project is tracking right on budget. Estimated contingency remaining is $53,000 for unknown items and unexpected costs than may occur during the remodel. Value added changes are optional additions to the project that the Steering Committee and County Court requested. Larger unforeseen costs could be such items as underground sewer repair. The Added Value budget was under budgeted. Steering Committee recommends County Court to consider increasing the budget by $300,000. Value added items cannot be done unless the budget is increased. It is fully expected that not all funds allocated will need to be used, and there will be funds returned to the County after project completion. The Court approved a $300,000 increase to the Courthouse Facility Budget as recommended by the project’s Steering Committee for a total of $9,300,000. Ron believes an open house could be held in the fall to allow adequate project completion time;

·       appointed Judge Thompson as the Sherman County Frontier TeleNet Representative, Commissioner McCoy as First Alternate, and Commissioner Dabulskis as Second Alternate;

·       appointed Kathleen Ahearn as Position 1 Chairperson, Joseph Belshe as Position 3 Training Officer, and Robert Stone as Position 5 Assistant Training and Safety Officer, to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Board for a term of two years to expire December 31, 2019 pending background checks;

·       approved the Oregon Department of Human Services, State of Oregon Intergovernmental Agreement for Aging and People with Disabilities (Area Agency on Aging) and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;

·       appointed Kari Silcox, Senior Center Manager, as a Sherman County Representative for Mid–Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC);

·       approved $20,000 for the Rental Housing Development Grant for Bonnie and Stephen Simpson to build two 1,200-1,400 square foot single family homes with payment made once the project is successfully completed;

·       approved the Ab Machine, Leg Squat Machine, Seated Leg Press, Horizontal Leg Press, Stationary Bike, and Elliptical as Sherman County Wellness Center surplus equipment as recommended by the Wellness Center;

·       approved the authorization of Rita Wilson to pay regular monthly County bills as presented to the Court;

·       approved Amendment Number 1, Oregon Department of Transportation Grant Agreement Number 31434 for Sherman County and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;

·       approved the emergency signing by Judge Thompson for Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. Blanket Purchase Agreement;

·       approved the Transit Periodic Report as presented;

·       discussed County website and County Counsel;

·       heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

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

Hood River County Music Month

Oregon House Democrats pass universal health care proposal, amid questions over cost

Energy | Post Carbon Music

Donald Trump is Forcing American Blacks to Pick a Side

How Lincoln Changed the World in Two Minutes

What is Diversity?

The Grammar World

Bill O’Reilly


Sherman County eNews #35


  1. Celebrate Oregon’s 159th Birthday at Oregon Historical Society Pavilion, Feb. 14

  2. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 21

  4. Core Value: Responsibility

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

2016: “Sherman County Court is excited to announce a new fiber optic project promising to dramatically increase available Internet speeds within the county. Currently, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler County residents, along with schools and emergency services, share a combined 300Mbps of Internet Bandwidth. After the project, Sherman County will have a dedicated 10Gbps (10240Mbps) of available Bandwidth – more than a 3300% increase in capacity. The project will run from the City of Wasco to the Erskine communications building south of Moro and connect to county facilities, Sherman County School District, Frontier TeleNet, and to the county’s Internet Network. Construction should begin in February and end no later than December 31, 2016… …” ~Mike Smith, February 2016, Sherman County Citizen-Reporter.

1. Celebrate Oregon’s 159th Birthday at Oregon Historical Society Pavilion, Feb. 14

Portland, OR — Celebrate Oregon’s birthday in style at the Oregon Historical Society! Oregon shares its birthday with Valentine’s Day–what could be a better way to celebrate the holiday than by professing your love for Oregon?

The celebration begins on Tuesday, February 14 at noon in the Oregon Historical Society pavilion (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland). Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk for a conversation with recent Oregon Supreme Court appointee Justice Adrienne Nelson, the first African American in Oregon history to serve on the high court. While you feast on cake from Gerry Frank’s Konditorei, enjoy a musical performance by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association.

As a birthday gift for all Oregonians, admission will be free all day (10am — 5pm) to the Oregon Historical Society’s museum! Don’t miss the chance to explore our newest exhibitions, including Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Movement and Oregon State University: A Legacy of Transformation.

About the Oregon Historical Society
For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

2. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians

The State:

—general administrator

—state property manager

—state courts, patrol, prison

—child protection

—mental health hospital



—state parks.

Services Shared by County and State:


—assessment and taxation



—county jails

—community corrections

—court security

—district attorney


—juvenile services

—aging services

—alcohol/drug programs

—children and families

—developmental disabilities

—mental health services

—veterans’ services

—public health

—environmental health


—economic/community development




—Oregon Plan

—public forests

—federal land policy


—county fair




—property management


—county law library

—sheriff patrol

—medical examiner

—animal control

—solid waste


—capital projects

—county forests, parks


3. Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Feb. 21

The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.  The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

Agenda February 21 2018

 4. Core Value: Responsibility

One of the most important things we can teach our children is a sense of responsibility. But have you ever thought about exactly why this is so important? Let’s explore this idea.

Most of us believe that raising our children to have a strong sense of responsibility is important. But what does it mean to be responsible? And why is it so important?

Well, for one thing, responsibility goes hand in hand with confidence and the feeling of control of one’s own life. When we are responsible, it means that we are capable of making rational or moral decisions on our own, and that we are ready to be answerable to others for our behavior. It means that we can be trusted and depended on – that our word to others, and to ourselves, is good and can be relied on.

Responsibility also suggests the ability to choose the way we respond to life’s events, rather than simply reacting by reflex. With responsibility as a part of our personal philosophy, our attitude is then reflected outward in our behavior toward friends and family, clients and customers, and anyone else with whom we come in contact.

Feeling responsible is a very good feeling. As a matter of fact, it’s an essential feeling if we are truly going to live up to our potential, enjoy satisfying relationships with others, and live happy, fulfilling lives.

So how do we teach our kids to be responsible? Well, the surest way is by being responsible ourselves. It also helps to explain the benefits of responsibility to them, and to give them gradually increasing responsibilities as soon as they are old enough to handle it. Praise their efforts. Let them know that you see them as responsible, and watch them grow into it. ~The Pacific Institute

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

Wheeler County News

Journey Through Time Scenic Byway Biggs to Baker City

Bailey named to ag heritage commission

Reelin’ in the Years | Footage Musical Artists, Entertainers, History Makers

1980 Rona Barrett Interview of Donald Trump


Commentary: Wyden’s complaints about memo blasted

Merriam Webster Dictionary, Thesaurus, More

The Intercept | Top Stories

Oregon Watchdog | Subscribe – Free | Political & Business

Our Radicalized Media: A Clear And Present Danger

2018 Olympics | NBC analyst under fire in Korea over ignorant comment

Winter Olympics 2018: figure skating jumps, explained

Portland Region Group July 2018 Tour | Horseless Carriage Club of America