Sherman County eNews #320


  1. Letter to the Editor: Well Done, Sherman County

  2. Notice. Biggs Service District Meeting, Executive Session, Dec. 19

  3. Give the gift of warmth: Annual Blanket Drive, Jan. 12

  4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators in Sherman, Wasco & Hood River, Dec. 18, 19

  5. Free First Day Hike at Deschutes State Recreation Area, Jan. 1

  6. Uniquely Valuable

  7. Credit Union & Oregon School Activities Association Academic All-State Program

1. Letter to the Editor: Well Done, Sherman County

pen.markerI recently attended a meeting in Moro at the Sherman County Courthouse and while there was able to have a tour given by Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson and Justice of the Peace Ron McDermid.  I was impressed by the care of keeping the historical integrity in the original building and the thoughtful consideration of space and function of the addition.  Realizing that it was a decade-long process and considerable resources were used for the project, I think that Sherman County staff and residents should be proud of the end result.

After the meeting and tour, I went to the Sherman County School as I had made some arrangements to pick up a Christmas tree that they were selling the previous weekend.  From the school front office to dealing with the teacher selling the trees, I was impressed by the friendliness and professionalism of the school staff.

Well done, Sherman County.

Kathryn Greiner

Mayville, OR 97830

2. Notice. Biggs Service District Meeting, Executive Session, Dec. 19

Biggs Service District will hold an Executive Session at 8:30a.m. during its scheduled meeting on December 19, 2018, in the County Courthouse Commissioners Meeting Room, 500 Court Street, Moro Oregon 97039. The Board will meet in Executive Session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel.

3. Give the gift of warmth: Annual Blanket Drive, Jan. 12

Christmas.Holly2The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting its 6th Annual Blanket Drive. All items collected from this drive will be donated to The Warming Place in The Dalles, and to Gilliam & Sherman County Emergency Management.

The Warming Place is also in need of warm socks. Other warming item (such as coats and gloves) will also be accepted. Please mark your calendar and visit us in the parking lot at 523 East 3rd St. (across the street from Sawyer’s Ace Hardware) on Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors can simply pull up to the curb to drop off NEW or gently used (and washed) blankets, socks and other warming items.

(For more information about this blanket drive or the Medical Reserve Corps, please contact Tanya Wray at or (541) 506-2631, visit the North Central Public Health District webpage at, or see the Wasco Co. MRC Facebook page at County-Medical-Reserve-Corps/230659080405837.)

4. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators in Sherman, Wasco & Hood River, Dec. 18, 19

Christmas.holly11) Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, the 18th, at the Portage Grill in The Dalles.  Open to all retired school personnel from Sherman, Wasco and Hood River Counties, interested persons may contact 541-478-3429 for both information and luncheon reservations.  This meeting will focus on a gift exchange & caroling.

2) Unit 20, OREA, is hosting an informational meeting with Jennifer Chrest, Dist. Mgr. for Association Member Benefits Advisors, noon Wednesday, the 19th, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.  OREA membership is required for coverage with dues being $25 annually.  The vision/dental coverage may be of particular interest.  Inquiries and luncheon reservations may be directed to Paul Zastrow at 541-354-1002.

5. Free First Day Hike at Deschutes State Recreation Area, Jan. 1

camera. photographThe Dalles OR – For the eighth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Deschutes River State Recreation Area is below.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, Registration—although not required—will help park staff plan for the hike and give park staff contact information should the hike be canceled because of weather or conditions.

Hike time:  9 a.m.

Starting location: Oregon Trail Kiosk

Terrain and length of trail: Moderate, five mile hike on the Railbed, Ferry Springs and Blackberry trails

Contact information: (541) 739-2322 ext. 0

Additional details: The ranger-led hike will follow the historic Railbed Trail along the Deschutes River and continue on the Ferry Springs Trail to climb to the highest point in the park.  Dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Hike recommended for children at least 10 years old. Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook. Contact: Iris Benson, park manager, 541-739-2322 ext. 23.

6. Uniquely Valuable

What happens to us when the culture in which we grow up doesn’t value our personal attributes?

A fair amount, if not most, of our feelings of self-worth or self-esteem have to do with the messages we get from our culture. Some of those messages are overt and up front. We know without question that, currently, our culture values affluence, power, efficacy, youthfulness and health. So can you imagine how it might feel to be poor, relatively powerless, or chronically ill or disabled in this society – or for that matter in any way that society sees as different or not like the majority?

Some messages are subtle. We say we value diversity, children, old people, etc., but our behavior often says something else. If movie stars and models are tall, beautiful and thin, and attract the demographic of males between the ages of 18 and 35, what message does it send us about anyone who does not fit that mold?

If the kids in school laugh at us because of our accent or clothes, or the work our parents do for a living, what do we learn about our value? It’s terribly important that all children feel proud of who they are and the talents they possess, and value their very uniqueness in the world.

Sometimes all it takes is one concerned teacher, parent or other adult who cares enough to take the time to set the record straight in a child’s mind. Every child needs to know that what supposedly is and is not valuable, according to magazines and “reality” shows, really depends on some pretty arbitrary things – and that it’s mostly opinion and not fact.

They need to know that they are loved, prized, and capable of rising above stereotypes to be uniquely valuable human beings. In the end, we rise to our own, and to each other’s, expectations – or we fall to them.

7. Credit Union & Oregon School Activities Association Academic All-State Program

PORTLAND, Ore., December 12, 2018— OnPoint Community Credit Union and the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) have announced the Fall winners of the 2018-2019 OnPoint Community Credit Union Academic All-State Program. This program awards students for outstanding achievement in the classroom.

The Academic All-State Award is awarded to all boys and girls teams in each OSAA-sanctioned activity that achieve a 3.0 or higher cumulative team grade point average. Each member of a winning team receives a commemorative decal and a certificate.

Members of the top 10 schools in each activity of each classification receive additional recognition and the top school receives a plaque in honor of its team.

The Academic All-State Award is part of OnPoint’s five-year partnership agreement with the OSAA, which includes the title sponsorship of the Oregon high school state championships. This partnership builds on OnPoint’s commitment to strengthen education by supporting students, schools and educators. OnPoint was founded by 16 schoolteachers in 1932 and has honored those roots in a variety of ways, including the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education.

“OnPoint’s commitment to education made the organization an ideal partner for the OSAA,” said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director. “Together, we are so proud of what the winners of the Academic All-State Award have accomplished and can’t wait to see what their future holds.”

The OSAA sponsors 118 state championships in 19 interscholastic activities including choir, dance/drill, football, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls swimming, wrestling, cheerleading, baseball, softball, boys and girls track and field, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls golf, band, orchestra, solo music and speech.

Every season, schools and activity departments submit academic information for the Academic All-State Program. To learn more about the OnPoint Community Credit Union Academic All-State Program, view the winners or submit academic information, visit 

About OnPoint Community Credit Union: OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 357,000 members and with assets of $5.5 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union’s membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 13 Oregon (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932. 

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) is a private non-profit, board-governed association comprised of 291 member high schools.  A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the OSAA annually sponsors 118 state championships in 19 sports and activities.  For more information, visit or follow @OSAASports on social media.




Sherman County eNews #319


  1. Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting re. Water System, Dec. 19

  2. Sherman County Court News, Oct. 3

  3. On the Subject of Trust

  4. Frontier TeleNet Assessment – Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler

  5. Editorial. Frontier TeleNet Assessment One Year Ago… Results?

Let It Snow!
~ Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne (c) 1945

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

It doesn’t show signs of stopping,
And I brought some corn for popping;
The lights are turned way down low,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

When we finally say good night,
How I’ll hate going out in the storm;
But if you really hold me tight,
All the way home I’ll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying,
And, my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing,
But as long as you love me so.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

1. Notice. Biggs Service District Public Meeting re. Water System, Dec. 19

The Biggs Service District will hold a public meeting on December 19th at 8:30 am in the Commissioners Meeting room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039 to discuss items relating to the Biggs Water System Project, and to the District.

2. Sherman County Court News, Oct. 3

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October 3, 2018

Contact: Kayla von Borstel 541-565-3416

Quarterly Reports, were the main items on the agenda during the October 3rd session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

*County Court ended early due to the fire in Biggs which resulted in lack of quorum during the Session. 

Jenine McDermid, Clerk, reported the Clerk’s Office recently received word during the 2018 physical inspection by the Passport Oversight Office, that Sherman County was listed third out of 56 passport facilities in the five State region with perfect scores. General election preparations were under way for November 6, 2018. Military and overseas ballots were mailed September 21, 2018, absentee ballots were to be mailed October 8, 2018, the last day for new voters in Oregon to register would be October 16, 2018, and all non-absentee ballots would be mailed October 18, 2018. In regards to the Rental Housing Grants, there have been several individuals contacting the Clerk’s Office wanting to get Certification/Notice of Completion forms for their housing grants; Clerk’s Offices in Oregon have no ability to provide these forms, and suggested maybe County Counsel could handle the forms; Clerk’s Office can only record the documents.

Carrie Pipinich, Mid – Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), reported the Broadband Grant through the Regional Infrastructure fund was officially approved for $200,000. The Economic Analysis through the Department of Land Conservation Department has outstanding Memorandum of Understandings (MOU’s) still with a few of the Sherman Cities. Lastly, MCEDD has a Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) student coming onboard through the John Day River Territory who will be housed in Gilliam County. 

Judge Thompson mentioned Shawn Payne, Emergency Services, just received the Emergency Services Coordinator of the Year Award for the State of Oregon. Shawn stated the Hazardous Mitigating Grant Program was looking at getting generators through a grant for all of the Sherman Cities (one generator for one critical structure per City) as a backup in the event electricity is lost; there will need to be a 25% match for generators. Shawn inquired if the Cities cannot provide the required match, if the County would consider helping with the match amount. Shawn also inquired as to when the Biggs Water System would be installed. She continually reaches out to all Fire Districts and will continue to reach out.

Amber Degrange, Juvenile Department, stated Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR) has consumed the majority of her time for the past several months. NORCOR board approved to change the Administrative structure at the facility; the Administrator position has been divided among to all the Department Directors. There had been some alcohol and marijuana use issues in juveniles that she has been looking into. There has been a change in the way dependency cases are processed; the Attorney General’s Office filed petitions, and is taking control of the cases. Amber continues to work on Early Learning Hub. Amber had an idea for Local Public Safety Coordinating Coordinator (LPSCC) carry over funds which could be spent on training at NORCOR for effective supervision for those in custodial situations on how to interact with children.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • approved the appointment of Jeanne Kuettel and Mike McArthur from the Non-Office Holding Pool, and Commissioner Dabulskis with Commissioner McCoy as alternate from the Office Holding Pool to the 2018-2019 Board of Property Tax Appeals.
  • approved the County of Sherman Personal Services Contract for Wildlife Predator and Pest Control Services between Sherman County and Bob Thomas of Thomas Wildlife Damage and Pest Control in the amount of $7,416.66 per month to fulfill the duties of a County Trapper starting on October 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2024, with a probationary period ending July 30, 2019.
  • approved committing to being included in the Building Codes Program service area in the event that the City of The Dalles assumes the local building services program from Building Codes Division.
  • approved the revision of the general contract between Sherman County Community Transit and Larry Triebelhorn updating the vehicles he is authorized to maintain on behalf of the County.
  • approved Oregon Department of Transportation Agreement No. 32211, Amendment Number 1, between the State of Oregon and Sherman County to amend the original agreement by moving funds between projects and removing one vehicle purchase.
  • approved the bid proposal from Bend Commercial Glass in the amount of $7,400.00 to remove and install storefront frame and glass to fix the window leak at the Sherman County Public Library, and to have a local contractor to supervise and observe.
  • approved minutes of August 20, 2018, as presented.
  • approved minutes of August 29, 2018, as corrected.
  • approved the Claims for the month of September 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were the County Owned Tables and Chairs.

3. On the Subject of Trust

How trustworthy are you? What does it mean when we say we can be trusted? In any situation, whether your position is leadership or front line, parent or neighbor, your influence is enormous if you are trusted. But if you are not trusted, it doesn’t matter what your title is or how much authority you are supposed to have, your influence is virtually zero.

You see, when you are trusted, it means that you can be relied on. Relied on to do what? The right thing, whatever that may be. You build trust by sharing information that is timely, accurate, objective and complete. You build trust by keeping your word, doing what you say you will do, when you say you will do it. How can you trust anyone who is mostly talk and no action?

Trust is fragile, too. It must be earned, and re-earned. Even small omissions or errors can damage it quickly. If you are trustworthy, it says a lot about your character. It means you have integrity – your values and your behavior are aligned, and you stand up for what you believe in.

If you make a mistake, you don’t cover it up or try to make it look like someone else’s fault, even if it’s going to make you look bad. And when you make decisions, you make them after thoughtfully considering alternatives and consequences. When you are trusted, other people listen to you, ask for your advice, and feel confident that you can be relied on. When you are worthy of that trust, you feel accountable to use your influence responsibly.

In today’s world, trust is a precious commodity, far more valuable than gold or diamonds. Think about it: Who do you trust, and why? And who has placed their trust in you? What do you do to justify that trust? ~The Pacific Institute

4. Frontier TeleNet Assessment – Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler  

~Assessment performed by AOC County Solutions Fall 2017

At the request of the Frontier Telenet Board of Directors, the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) County Solutions program has undertaken an assessment of its structures and review mechanisms in order to improve coordination, partnering and public engagement for the intergovernmental entity. The assessment also examined the organization’s capacity to provide administrative, marketing, and operations functions.

This assessment was conducted through interviews with Frontier Telenet’s board members and staff, local government officials and staff, stakeholders and interested members of the public. In addition, the responsibilities of an intergovernmental entity have been reviewed. The following provides categories of work that this assessment addressed. Following the background in each category, the report offers recommendations for the Telenet Board’s consideration in next steps to address issues identified in the assessment. 

PLANNING Background Frontier Telenet was established in 2001 to support the 911 function and serve the region’s schools and libraries. Much has happened in the field of telecommunications since that time and new challenges and opportunities have emerged. Today, broadband technology continues to evolve at a rapid rate. This creates the need for an adaptive organization that can both plan for and respond to the opportunities and challenges that exist in the present and in the future.

  • Conduct a systems audit The infrastructure that makes up the Frontier Telenet system has been built over time and while staff associated with the organization have knowledge of its components, a comprehensive inventory is needed. An asset map should also include the status of leases and agreements that support the infrastructure. An inventory would help the organization identify what upgrades are needed and prepare for the next generation of technology. Additionally, cataloging Frontier Telenet’s current customers and the status of their accounts is needed to accompany the infrastructure audit in order to provide a baseline for future planning.
  • Establish a vision Given the changes in technology, there are new opportunities that should be considered going forward, such as the new generation 911, which connects personal cell phones and tablets. Developing an integrated technology strategy would require particular kinds of system upgrades. The organization should determine its vision in relation to the role they play relative to retail and residential customers. Opportunities for economic development should also be considered to determine how to best position the region going forward. A vision that has regional ownership – including the counties, cities and users – will serve the organization in developing a solid business plan.
  • Develop a Business Plan A business plan should build on the asset map, and be based on the vision to establish what kind of service is needed. The plan should outline the system upgrades that are needed and a strategy for how to pay for them. The plan should also develop a strategy to sequence new investments in the region and ensure expectations of service do not exceed the capacity of the systems to deliver them. The plan needs to be adaptable and should be reviewed at least every two years given the rapid pace of technological evolution in the field. To build ownership in the business plan, it should be developed in a transparent manner with opportunities for engagement with stakeholders.
  • Develop a Marketing Plan While Frontier Telenet has taken steps to focus on marketing by hiring staff to pursue opportunities, a more detailed marketing plan, which follows the development of the vision and, more directly, the business plan would be useful. The marketing plan also needs to be adaptable as the opportunities have changed over time and the demand is changing rapidly as well.

GOVERNANCE Background Frontier Telenet is governed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of one member from each of the participating counties. The governing body of each county appoints a representative to the Board under Article ll of the intergovernmental agreement that created Frontier Telenet. Board Members serve at the pleasure of the respective governing body. The Board elects a President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer. Collectively, these are the “Officers” of the Board. Under Article ll, the Board elects Officers who serve a term of one year. This is done annually, at the beginning of the year.

  • Communication with Boards of Commissioners Given the growing importance of Frontier Telenet to the counties and the region it is important that the county governing bodies are well informed about the plans and activities of the organization. Each member of the Telenet Board should provide regular updates to each Board of Commissioners. This is particularly important given the need to have well informed members who can seamlessly assume board duties when commissioners retire or leave office.
  • Consider forming an umbrella ORS 190 organization that includes multiple Lower John Day counties functions There are several county functions that are provided in the three-county region, in addition to Frontier Telenet, such as: veterans services; economic development; building codes; community corrections, etc. Combining functions, such as these, under an umbrella ORS 190 organization could allow the three counties to have a more centralized capacity that could benefit operations.

ADMINISTRATION Background Article ll of the founding agreement outlines the duties of each Officer of the Board, including the Secretary/Treasurer, which states: “The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep the minutes and official records of Frontier Telenet. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for the fiscal administration of all funds of Frontier Telenet. The Secretary/Treasurer and the President shall act as co-signers of checks drawn upon the accounts of Frontier Telenet. The Secretary/Treasurer may delegate the administrative functions of his or her office to another person who need not be on the Board. A unanimous vote is required to decide financial matters, the hiring and discharging of employees and for the acceptance of Scopes of Work for each project undertaken by Frontier Telenet including any contractual arrangements. Each Scope of Work shall be maintained by the Secretary as a part of Frontier Telenet’s corporate records.”

Frontier Telenet has been staffed by a part time contracted manger since its inception. The responsibilities of managing the organization have transitioned over time given the evolving complexities of the telecommunications landscape, the new demands for service and the competition among private providers. As the organization has no employees and relies on contractors, it has required Board Members to assume many functions of management. In the area of fiscal administration, Frontier Telenet is owed approximately $900,000 in E-Rate dollars that have gone unpaid over the past three to four years.

  • Formalize delegation of Secretary/Treasurers duties The responsibility of the Secretary/Treasurer is well defined in the bylaws and the delegation of various components of that responsibility should be documented in writing along with expectations in order to ensure accountability.
  • Specifically delegate responsibility to collect E-Rate dollars owed Frontier Telenet These funds are important to the fiscal sustainability of Frontier Telenet. Past assurances that this issue will be resolved have not borne fruit. A new strategy is needed.
  • Consider hiring a manager for Frontier Telenet Given the changing, increasingly complex environment noted above, the job of managing Frontier Telenet has become very demanding. It places too high a burden on Board Members who have other significant responsibilities carrying out their duties as County Commissioners. Also, given the competition among various providers, it would be beneficial to hire an individual who is an employee of Frontier Telenet. Negotiations as infrastructure is built out and plans are developed and implemented require sustained focus.

TRANSPARENCY/RECORDS Background Frontier Telenet is an ORS 190 organization which means that it is an intergovernmental organization that carries responsibilities for transparency and maintenance of records, among other functions. There have been public requests for information and transparency that need to be addressed on an ongoing basis. Frontier Telenet is moving to establish an office space in Sherman County and to provide a website where the public can track the activities of the organization. It is also exploring the establishment of an accessible phone system that makes it easier to have a centralized point of contact for the public.

  • Clarify responsibility for records management The responsibility for records management lies with the Board’s Secretary/Treasurer, which can be delegated to an individual not on the Board. This delegation should be clearly articulated, and expectations should be outlined to ensure accountability
  • Continue efforts to establish a transparent organization The value of transparency is an informed public that can contribute to the success of Frontier Telenet. Efforts underway should continue and evolve with the needs of the organization. Creating a culture of openness among all Board Members, staff, associated partners and stakeholders will create a shared mission for the region. A session with an expert on the transparency requirements and functions of 190 organizations would help in taking next steps for the organization.
  • Consider creating an Advisory Committee Frontier Telenet should consider creating an Advisory Committee of key stakeholders to review and comment on important plans and programs in a more interactive setting than an official meeting of the Board. An advisory committee could also provide a new forum to resolve differences in the region.

5. Editorial. Frontier TeleNet Assessment One Year Ago… Results?

pencil.sharpOne year later. We reviewed the 2017 Association of Oregon Counties’ County Solutions assessment by Greg Wolf of Frontier TeleNet’s structure, vision, governance and transparency. As of this month one year later, board meeting minutes indicate that board members, staff and contractors gave it scant attention.

Considering that the board requested this assessment and paid several thousand dollars for it, we see little in the way of results recorded in the minutes of their public meetings.

Some Frontier TeleNet agendas and minutes are online here:

We took note of whether the Assessment is mentioned in the minutes and noted related issues. Excerpts from the minutes are here:

July 21, 2017: “…Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Assistance Contract:  The Directors agreed that the quote for AOC Assistance at $17,000.00 was too high for a small organization. Steve Shaffer will discuss with AOC to see if there can be a lower rate…” 

August 25, 2017: Draft minutes. “… Financials: Financial Statement for July presented.  Steve Shaffer was interested in how much we pay each month for Broadband Service from the individual carriers. Each carrier is noted on the financial statement and the amount paid. Tom McCoy is concerned about the amount paid to Inland Development on behalf of Sherman County. Tom McCoy asked if a marketing plan is being developed and feels that is a necessity. Mike Smith agreed and said that a marketing plan has been developed and reminded Commissioner McCoy that this had been presented to the Sherman County Court several months ago… AOC Assistance Update: Greg Wolf of Association of Oregon Counties is working on this project.  Greg has done 7 or 8 interviews and will be doing more in September 2017…”  

September 15, 2017: “…AOC Assistance Contract:  Greg Wolf has met with several people regarding Frontier TeleNet and will conduct a few more to interview. Greg will have a report in the next few weeks. Greg suggested an audit of Frontier TeleNet Equipment might be helpful …” 

October 20, 2017: “… AOC Assistance Update: Steve Shaffer had not met with Greg Wolf. He knows that Greg Wolf intended to meet with the founders of Frontier TeleNet and a report should be available for the November meeting…” 

November 3, 2017: “…AOC Assistance Update:  Steve Shaffer called Greg Wolf regarding this project but has not heard back.  Final Report should be complete by December Board of Directors Meeting.”

December 15, 2017: “… AOC Assistance Update Report:  The report from Greg Wolf representing Association of Oregon Counties presented. Steve Shaffer gave a background on this report. AOC contracted to do a study on Frontier TeleNet and the ORS Structure.  The recommendations in this report were as follows: Background:  Establishing how Frontier TeleNet organized. Need to Conduct a Systems Audit: Asset Maps, leases and inventory need to be updated. Establish a Vision:  Need to establish ongoing opportunities, technology strategy and need for system upgrades. Develop A Business Plan:  Need to develop an asset map and establish a vision and plan for what services are needed. Develop A Marketing Plan: Need to focus on marketing and hiring staff to pursue opportunities. Governance Background:  Establishing how Frontier Board of Directors is governed. Communication:  Need to have Board of Directors report to their respective County Courts on a regular basis regarding Frontier TeleNet. Umbrella ORS 190:  Suggested that a multiple Lower John Day Counties organization might be organized that covered multiple county activities. Administration:  Covers duties of Secretary/Treasurer. E-Rate Dollar:  Consider specific delegate responsible for collecting E-Rate dollars. Consider Hiring a General Manager. Transparency of Records: Records Management: Responsibility for maintaining records. Establish Transparency:  Important that transparency is maintained for an informed public. Advisory Committee:  Consider creating an advisory committee of stakeholders. This complete report is on file at the Frontier TeleNet Office and available on request…”

January 19, 2018: No mention of the Assessment, but possibly in response to the Assessment… “…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.”  [Note: Smith’s contract requires, as part of his services, “Provision of all necessary office space, utilities, furniture and all office equipment including computers, fax/copy machines, telephone, and file cabinets required in the ordinary operation of Frontier TeleNet…”]

February 16, 2018: No mention of the Assessment.

March 16, 2018: No mention of the Assessment. “… Frontier TeleNet and 911 Center:  An extensive conversation was held regarding what does Frontier TeleNet get from the 911 Center. Mike Smith replied that each county receives public emergency services for police, ambulance and other services as needed. The need for a reasonable payment from Frontier Regional 911 to Frontier TeleNet was discussed and this will be presented at the Frontier Regional 911 Budget Meeting.”

April 20, 2018: No mention of the Assessment. “… Request from citizen to explain what Management Resources does for Frontier TeleNet.  Mike Smith explained that Management Resources contracts to handle all the Oregon Health Network allocations for Health Clinics.  They do the paperwork to apply for reimbursement of costs from Oregon Health Network and also the individual clinics to pay for bandwidth service.  This contract has been in place since February 5, 2011.”

May 18, 2018: No mention of the Assessment.

June 29, 2018: No mention of the Assessment. “… Steve Shaffer spoke on the need for Frontier TeleNet to take a good hard look at how business is done.  Feels we need to separate internet service and public safety. Future looks bleak and e-rate is becoming competitive. Steve Shaffer feels that revenue is dwindling and need to take a hard look at structure and pricing. 5G Technology is in the near future and Frontier TeleNet needs to be organized. Steve Wynne pointed out that not all the towers are capable of supporting carrier information. Mike Smith responded that Frontier TeleNet is in a good position to meet the future with the Frontier TeleNet infrastructure…”

July 20, 2018: No mention of the Assessment. “…Letter from Sherry Kaseberg request to have read into the minutes.  Legal Counsel has advised that since this has been published in other media that it is not necessary to read into the record but to attach it to the record.  Mike Smith stated that since this letter was regarding erate dollars it is necessary to be clear that all the erate dollars Frontier TeleNet have been  properly awarded.   Frontier TeleNet has complied with all the contracts for service.  Frontier TeleNet has properly billed for every year of the contracts but the Federal Government is bad about paying.  Frontier TeleNet has been diligent to work with legal counsel to be sure that we have followed all requirements.  For the current erate application, July 16, 2018 was the end of the review period and July 20, 2018 is the five day period for comments. Frontier TeleNet has continued to provide service to the NCESD even though the period we are in right now has not been funded by the Government.  All previous services have been fulfilled as contracted and appropriate billings were done by Frontier TeleNet.”

August 17, 2018: No mention of the Assessment. “… Windwave:  Mike Smith and Jeanne Burch met with Windwave at Boardman. Went over all the billings and able to cut the price.  It was recommended that this needs to be reviewed every two years… Inland Development Master Service Agreement:  This agreement is being reviewed by legal counsel…

September: No board meeting.

October 1, 2018: Emergency Executive Session.

October 16, 2018: No mention of the Assessment. “… Gary Thompson noted that Sherman County Government has been receiving free internet for the last few years. Steve Shaffer noted that Frontier TeleNet purpose is to provide service to public safety, schools and Governments… …  E-Rate Funding: Jim Deason has been working on the E-rate funding.  He feels that all the proper forms and information has been provided for the payment of $236,000.00 that is the current amount due Frontier Telenet for 2017.  Frontier TeleNet has retained Jim Deason and a private company, Inteserra, who specializes in E-rate funding.  Inteserra reports that everything has been done correctly.  A copy of the Inteserra report is on file at the Frontier TeleNet Finance Office in Fossil, Oregon.”

November meeting minutes will be approved at the December meeting.


Sherman County eNews #318


  1. Rufus Food Pantry Schedule Update; Santa to Visit, Dec. 20

  2. Notice. The Times-Journal Deadline for Last Half of December

  3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Dec. 19

  4. Public Hearing Notice. Sherman County Court Golden Hills SIP Agreement, Dec. 19

  5. Oregon State Police: Are you prepared for winter travel?

  6. It’s All About the Team

  7. First Day Hikes in Oregon State Parks

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


I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know

Where the treetops glisten, and children listen

To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all your Christmases be white.

~ Irving Berlin.

1. Rufus Food Pantry Schedule Update; Santa to Visit, Dec. 20

Christmas.Santa5Rufus Food Pantry is open every 2nd Friday of the month from 10am-1pm and also every 4th Friday of the month from 4pm-6pm. located on the very west end of the Rufus Community Center (old Rufus school). Everyone is welcome. We do have a schedule change this December– we will be open THURSDAY Dec. 20th instead of Friday Dec.21st. SANTA will be there on THURSDAY from 4pm-6pm with gifts and goodies. Hope to see you there!

2. Notice. The Times-Journal Deadline for Last Half of December

pencil.sharpDec. 20 will be our last issue before Christmas.


Friday, Dec. 20 by 12 noon.

Merry Christmas Season!

The Times-Journal

Ph. # 541-384-2421

Fax # 541-384-2411

3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court Session, Dec. 19

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. Agenda topics include Katie Woodruff’s Victims’ Assistance Life Jacket Update; Sheriff Lohrey’s Quarterly Report; Georgia Macnab’s Planning Commission Energy Development Zone; John Day River Territory Annual Contribution; Golden Hills SIP Public Hearing. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

4. Public Hearing Notice. Sherman County Court Golden Hills SIP Agreement, Dec. 19

Sherman County Court will hold a Public Hearing December 19th at 10:15 am in the Commissioners Meeting Room at Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street in Moro Oregon 97039, regarding the approval of the Golden Hills SIP Agreement.

5. Oregon State Police: Are you prepared for winter travel?

sign_slowOregon winter weather is starting to set in across Oregon. Are you prepared? With the increase chances of snow, freezing rain, and ice on the roadways it is more important than ever to #Knowbeforeyougo.

Checking is the best way to get information on highway closures/construction, minimum chain requirements and road conditions utilizing their traffic cameras.

Those traveling in lower elevations, expect rain and wet roadways.  Which means you will need to increase your following distances due to decreased traction on those wet roads.

OSP is also urges all motorists to plan their travels by:

  • Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels- Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip
  • Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask a passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.
  • Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.
  • Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
  • Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Wear your safety belt. Ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained too. We see too many crashes where people would have walked away with minor injuries.
  • Get a designated driver (plan ahead) if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

Our partners at Oregon Department of Transportation recently reminded drivers about the dangers of not checking the roads before you go and only utilizing GPS. When roads are closed and your navigation systems direct you onto a detour route, keep in mind that the device you count on for guidance could instead guide you into trouble. 

6. It’s All About the Team

Are you a team player?

If your answer is “No,” take a moment and think again. If you are alive, you’re on a team. Maybe it’s your family, your relationship, your department or division at work, or your neighborhood or community. Maybe it’s your country or your planet. But no matter how you look at it, you are a member of a team.

If you ask people about the richest experiences in their lives, they will usually come up with something they did as part of a team. Sometimes it’s a sports team, but more often it’s a business team, or family members, community orchestra or choir, or some other group where the members were helping each other achieve a common goal.

You can sit on the bench and watch, or you can get up and play. For your mental and physical health, “Be a player.” Get involved. Have a say in calling the plays. Participate! Vote! It’s a lot more fun and, yes, you are correct, it is more work, too. But the more you give, the more you will get. It is all about the opportunity to contribute to something beyond yourself, a chance to express your inner sense of purpose.

“How do I find something to join?” you wonder. Well, what do you care about? What is important to you? There are other people out there who care about that, too. Why not join with them in a common cause? If there is one benefit to the Internet, it is that it provides a wealth of information about people joining together to accomplish a goal.

You know, a sense of your own personal power is a fine thing, but the ultimate power is the tremendous energy created by people working together toward a positive end-result. No one can make your unique contribution, and no, they won’t get along just fine without you. It is the whole that is nearly always greater than the sum of its parts.

So, what are you waiting for? You are a team player – so go find your team! ~The Pacific Institute

7. First Day Hikes in Oregon State Parks

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites Oregonians outdoors on New Year’s Day for the annual First Day Hikes event. Visitors can choose from 32 hikes in 31 parks across the state. All hikes will be guided by a park ranger or volunteer who will share stories about the park’s history, geology, wildlife and plants.

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

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

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

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

Participating parks and meeting areas are below. Full details for each hike are also on

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

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

bird.owl.limbOregon’s Top 30 School Districts for 2019 – Sherman County

US National Weather Service Pendleton, Oregon

Facebook Road Conditions & Accident Reports for The Columbia River Gorge Area

The Forgotten Oregon Facebook Group

Sherman County Historical Museum Facebook

Oregon public records often come at high cost, glacial pace, expert finds

Other views | Ranchers shouldn’t bear cost of wolves

Americans Still Prefer Watching to Reading the News – and Mostly Still Through Television

Pew Research Center: What we know about illegal immigration from Mexico

Peak Oil News

Watch Your Language: Misuse Becomes Common


Sherman County eNews #317


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

  2. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Committee Meeting, Dec. 12

  3. How Healthy is Your Soil?

  4. Subscribe. The Other Oregon: The Voice for Rural Oregon

  5. Community Breakfast to Benefit Goldendale Fire Department, Dec. 9

  6. Begin, Again

“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.” —Samuel Adams (1780)

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

 Sherman County Classifieds Facebook Group

Sherman County Facebook Group

Oregon Capital Insider, Capital Chatter

The Other Oregon: The Voice for Rural Oregon

Warm Springs Reflections

1855 Treaty with the Tribes of Middle Oregon

The Museum at Warm Springs

Capital Chatter: Merkley White House run could cost him Senate 

Oregon Encyclopedia: Maraschino Cherries

2. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Committee Meeting, Dec. 12

The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday December 12th, 2018 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

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

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

3. How Healthy is Your Soil?

Chewed-up, ripped, torn, threadbare, riddled with holes, completely, utterly soiled–the undies in Oregon’s farm country are falling to pieces. And that’s just the way farmers like it.

Whether you’re on crop, range or forestland, the quick and dirty way to test your soil health is by “planting” a pair of new, cotton underwear in the site you’re curious about. Wait at least 60 days, then dig them back up. The more the undies are deteriorated, the healthier your soil.

100% cotton vanishing act

Here’s more:

4. Subscribe. The Other Oregon: The Voice for Rural Oregon

Our aim: to create a stronger connection between urban and rural Oregonians.

The Other Oregon is a quarterly magazine and monthly e-newsletter to address, from a rural perspective, the issues, values, culture and lifestyle uniquely important to rural Oregon. Content will focus on key areas, such as health care, economic development, water, workforce, transportation and education, along with impacts from federal and state legislation and the urban-rural interface.

The magazine will also celebrate rural life by covering rural culture and the people that uniquely define the non-urban side of Oregon. TOO magazine will be distributed free of charge to key decision makers in state and federal government, economic development groups, chamber boards, and other recipients suggested by our steering committee.


The Other Oregon magazine is distributed in print by mail to 5,000 key decision makers in Oregon each quarter:

  • Oregon’s U.S. Congressional delegation
  • State legislators and heads of state agencies
  • County commissions and judges
  • Mayors and city managers
  • Leaders of chambers and economic development groups
  • Major foundations
  • Heads of colleges and universities
  • Media organizations
  • Leaders of large businesses in metro areas
  • Others by request


To help shape our coverage and defray our distribution expenses, we have asked a select group of rural Oregon entities to join our steering committee, based on their ability to provide a unique perspective on rural Oregon issues. The committee as a whole will represent a wide-ranging, diverse group that can help generate content and advocate for rural Oregon.

5. Community Breakfast to Benefit Goldendale Fire Department, Dec. 9

Goldendale American Legion Community Breakfast

Benefiting the

Goldendale Fire Department

Sunday, December 9th 2018

8:00 am to 10:00 am

All You Can Eat Pancakes $5.00

includes orange juice and coffee

Additional Items:

1 Egg $1.00

1 Ham Slice $1.00

2 Sausage Patties $1.00

1 Biscuit w/Gravy $2.00

Hash Browns $1.00

Gravy $1.00

Milk $1.00

Orange Juice $1.00

Coffee $1.00

6. Begin, Again

In the last decade, many places around the world have been hit with some pretty bad natural disasters. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and wildfires take their toll on homes and possessions leaving many homeless and without material resources. Economies are in turmoil, leaving a lot of folks wondering about their financial futures. Political upheaval has many living life as refugees far from their homelands. The toll on human life and spirit can sometimes be unbearable.

While it’s natural and certainly understandable to feel devastated for a while in situations like this, some folks bounce back far more quickly than others. Instead of sitting around feeling hopeless and helpless, they will pick themselves up and do whatever it takes to start over again. Instead of dwelling on what they’ve lost and becoming depressed, they will focus their energies on what they still have and what they need to do to recover.

Now, this quality of resiliency, or the ability to take a hit and bounce back, has a lot to do with your overall feelings of self-worth. It also has a lot to do with your belief about whether your life is largely controlled by you, or by forces outside yourself.

People with high self-esteem and an internal sense of control over their lives just naturally bounce back more quickly than those who feel their lives are controlled by some thing or someone “out there.” The question becomes, is the power within us or not? (Hint: The answer should be “within” us.)

It is important for you to know that your thinking is not set in stone, unless you want it to be. Resiliency and esteem are qualities that you can develop in yourself and in your children. You can learn to be so internally strong and resilient, that no personal setback can keep you down for very long.

Disasters can be gut-wrenching, and it may be difficult to see beyond the immediate. By giving ourselves a mindset shift in how we perceive what goes on around us, and within us, we also give ourselves a clean slate in order to begin again, creating a better future. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #316






church.family1Choose this day whom you will serve…” {Joshua 24:15}.

We have entered the Christmas Season, the time when much of the World celebrates, in some form, the birth of Jesus Christ, Messiah, Lord and Savior of the World. The Christmas season always brings with it, like it or not, the necessity to make a choice as to whether Jesus was who he said he was, or that he was a liar, or maybe he was just a crazy lunatic thinking himself God.

Whether we like it or not, Christmas season bring Americans face to face with Jesus Christ—even if you do not celebrate Christmas in any way. Even the most hardened atheist cannot get away from Christ at Christmas.

It brings those who try and make Christmas only about Santa, parties and presents, into a time of making a choice of acceptance or rejection of Jesus as Lord and Savior, however subtly the acceptance of rejection though it may be.

No matter how much any particular American tries to ignore and blot out Christmas and Christ, it hits them right in the face. There is absolutely no place to go to hide from the Christmas and the reason for the season.

Some of my Christian brothers/sisters just see Christmas as a pagan holiday about Satan Claus. However, I view it as something more than that.

I see God using it as another attempt at waking up the world to the glorious truths—to the Savior born—to the Savior dying on the cross as he takes our sins upon himself—to the Savior in victory over death at the resurrection.

So again, whether you want to or not, you will, subtly or maybe not so subtly, make a choice this Christmas season as to the validity for or against the reason for the season—-Christ Lord and Savior.

So I will take a little freedom and put Joshua 24:15 this way—Choose this Christmas season whom you will serve….

But give it some thought because your eternal destiny depends on it.

Merry Christmas from the Congregation at the Wasco Church of Christ “Christian.”



Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.  ~ Oren Arnold.

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected) 




children.cartoonCOLUMBIA GORGE CASA, OTHERS. Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive for over 120 children in the Gorge who will spend their holidays in foster care. Help make them a little brighter by donating a holiday gift!  Avenue Properties, Columbia Gorge CASA and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation have joined forces to create a Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive that will run from November 27 until December 15. During this time, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Avenue Properties offices located in The Dalles (406 E 2nd St) and Hood River (116 3rd St #209).  Gifts can also be brought to the Festival of Trees “Community Day” event on Saturday, December 8th from 9AM to 12PM at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  CASA will also be on hand with information about their program. 12/14



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


Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.



HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available. Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 12/22

VEHICLES AT PUBLIC AUCTION. Trans-Tow Towing will hold a Public Auction on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Viewing of these vehicles will be available the morning of the Auction beginning at 9:00 a.m.
1983 Dodge D150 – Flatbed
1992 Honda Civic
1998 Pontiac Bonneville
1995 Honda Accord
The Auction will be held at 1007 1st Street in Moro.
If you would like more information, please contact us at 541-565-3005. 12/7



PIANO. Baldwin Piano, spinet style, model – HOWARD: Give someone the gift of music for Christmas. Free to a good home – it’s in great shape; I believe my piano tuner told me it is a 1964.  Plays well, but I don’t.  😐. Call or text Jeanne at 541-714-5740. 1/25


FRIDAY KIDS’ GYM. Beginning this Friday, and continuing most every Friday through March, Wasco School Events Center (WSEC) will be hosting “Kids Gym.”   This will be an opportunity for parents and their pre-school children to play inside for a couple of hours when the weather is too cold to be outside.   Kid Gym will go from 10 a.m. to noon, and parents who attend with their pre-schooler(s) will need to sign a release form to participate. Cost is $5/week, or free if you are a member of the WSEC Fitness Center. This is not a babysitting service; children must be accompanied by an adult.   Feel free to bring toys, trikes, etc. for your child(ren) to play with. 12/28

LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 12/28





3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar


7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8 Gala of Trees Drawing 12 noon MCP Farm Store

8 War Declared on Japan 1941

8 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Flying Around the World

8 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church

9 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church

9 American Legion Benefit for Goldendale Fire Department Pancake Breakfast 8-10

10 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

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

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

13 Sherman County Health District Hearing 5:30 Sherman County Clinic, Moro

13 North Central Livestock Association –  Riverside in Maupin

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

15 BILL OF RIGHTS DAY; Iraq War Ended 2011

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

19 Sherman County Court 9

20 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

21 Frontier TeleNet 10 ___

21 Winter Begins


31 Official End of WWII 1946



7 Grass Valley City Council 7

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2

8 North Central Public Health Board 3

9 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory 12:30

9 Rufus City Council 7

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

15 Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Board Meeting 1

15 Wasco City Council 7

16 Sherman County Court 9

18 Frontier TeleNet Board 10

19 North Central Livestock Assoc. Annual Meeting 5 Jefferson County Fairgrounds


23 Tri-County Courts’ Meeting 10 Fossil

26 22nd Annual Robert Burns Supper 2 Condon


4 Grass Valley City Council 7

5 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Court 9

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

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




Sherman County eNews #315


  1. Program: History of the Columbia Gorge Air Mail Beacons, Dec. 9

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

  3. Midterm Election Sees Second Highest Ballots Cast in Oregon History

  4. The Possibilities of Optimism

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1955 Moro Yearbook Advertisers

  6. It Is Better To Be Alone Than In The Wrong Company

1. Program: History of the Columbia Gorge Air Mail Beacons, Dec. 9

Airplane.vintageairplane2Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th, at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, Oregon, for a presentation on the History of the Columbia Gorge Air Mail Beacons. Susan Buce of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will be telling a great story and history of our local beacons. Beacons stretch across the United States and in some areas large concrete arrows positioned to give visual indictors for airplane pilots flying overhead along specified airway corridors to find their way. Being able to deliver mail from coast to coast in a reliable manner is an interesting story and the building of the beacon towers around the gorge is what brought Susan’s family to this area. Do you remember Sherman County beacons? How many did we have here in our community? Today most of the beacons are gone but thank you, Susan, for sharing our local history! This event is free and there will be light refreshments.

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

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

3. Midterm Election Sees Second Highest Ballots Cast in Oregon History

Oregon.Flat.poleIt’s official! Today we certified the November 6th General Election, and I’m pleased to report that the Oregon midterm November General Election had the second highest number of ballots cast in Oregon history. Our office also pioneered a number of voter engagement efforts, including a first-of-its-kind outreach to Oregon inactive voters through Facebook of Oregon’s 36 counties has provided their official certified election results to us here at the Secretary of State’s office. This included a manual, by-hand audit of a percentage of ballots cast to confirm they were counted accurately. In all, 1,914,923 ballots were cast. Wheeler County had the highest turnout in the state at 90.3%.

Turnout among voters by age demographic was:

  • 18-34: 50.7%
  • 35-49: 67.5%
  • 50-64: 77.1%
  • 65+: 85.8%

Turnout by political party shows:

  • Democrats with 81.8%
  • Republicans with 81.1%
  • Independents with 70.5%
  • Non-Affiliated with 47.5%
  • Constitution with 61.2%
  • Libertarian with 64.3%
  • Pacific Green with 73.4%
  • Progressive with 69.2%
  • Working Families with 44.9%

You may recall that last year my office took action to protect the voting rights of over 60,000 eligible Oregon voters. I’m pleased that these voters were sent ballots for this election and thousands were able to vote due to this historic expansion of voter access.

Because of the large turnout during this election, the number of valid signatures that will be required to put initiatives and referenda on the ballot for the next four years has increased by 21.3%. Our constitution says that the number of signatures required to put initiatives and referenda on the ballot is a percentage of all votes cast for governor in the previous election. There were 1,866,997 total votes cast for governor. To add a constitutional amendment will require 149,360 signatures, which is 8% of the total number of votes cast for governor. An initiative statute requires 6%, which equates to 112,020 signatures, and a referendum requires 4%, which is 74,680 signatures.

If you would like to see the detailed statistics from the General Election, go to

I am thankful to the Elections Division team and county election officials, who successfully administered another smooth, safe, and secure election. We will continue to work to make Oregon elections as safe and accessible as possible to all eligible voters.

~ Dennis Richardson, Oregon Secretary of State

4. The Possibilities of Optimism

Why is it that optimists seem to be so much happier than pessimists?

There is something really wonderful about optimists. They’re fun to be around, aren’t they? No matter how bad their situation, optimists can always find something to enjoy – usually simple things like the taste of a good cup of coffee, the smell of the air on a fine spring day, the sound of a wind chime tinkling in the breeze.

Now it’s important to understand that optimism is not saying “everything is getting better every day in every way.” Nor is it saying that the worst is behind us, or seeing sweetness and light, when what’s happening is evil and ugly. Optimists don’t ignore reality. They just choose to look at it from a different perspective.

Optimists know that for all its faults, the world is also filled with good things to be savored and enjoyed. These positive people know that our experience in life is largely determined by where we choose to focus our attention and how we choose to respond to what happens to us.

Optimists understand that happiness is not so much a matter of what we have and what’s going on around us, as it is a choice we make. The wonders and beauty of life are all around us, right now, right where we are. All that is required is for us to be attentive and open to them and that we make a conscious choice to see and hear and experience them.

Some days, it’s simply the difference between looking down, and looking up. And yes, for some of us, making that shift is a difficult thing to do sometimes. But it is possible! And if we accept the possibility of optimism in nearly every situation, then we open the door to seeing new solutions to the challenges that face us and the path to making positive change.

Do you choose to be happy today? It is, after all, up to you. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1955 Moro Yearbook Advertisers

Advertisers in the 1955 Moro High School yearbook, in addition to The Dalles businesses, were Keith McDonald, Standard Oil Distributor; J.K. McKean Texaco Products and International Farm Implements; Catherine Anderson, Standard Oil Products, Grass Valley; Dunlap Insurance Agency; Harold Owens, Union Oil Dealer; C & C Food Store, Grass Valley; Alley’s Confectionary, Grass Valley; Baumgartner Insurance Agency, Grass Valley; Kent Shell Oil Company; The Wagon Wheel in Grass Valley; Grass Valley Equipment & Repair & Massey Harris Dealer Bud Eslinger;  Douma’s Grocery and Market, Moro; Moon Equipment Company in Wasco; Sherman County Journal; May Electric, Moro; Al & Ella Rasmussen’s Husky Hut in Moro; Moro Motors; Moro Lumber & Fuel Company; The Tavern, Moro; Mt. View Stock Farms, Cox & Son, Grass Valley; Grass Valley Grain Growers with warehouses at Kent, Bourbon and Grass Valley; Paul Syron’s Chevron Station, Gas, Oil and Steam Cleaning; Moro Grain Growers Association with stations at Erskine, Moro, DeMoss and Hay Canyon; O’Meara Supply & Implement Company in Wasco; Valley Inn, Grass Valley; Wasco Market; May & Son Groceries in Moro; Quality Shop for Women’s and Children’s Apparel in Moro; Flatt Trucking Service, Moro; Dale’s Clothing in Wasco; Beefo’s Steaks & Sandwiches, Moro; Hartley Service, Grass Valley; and Dr. Frank Reid, dentist in Moro.

6. It Is Better To Be Alone Than In The Wrong Company


Tell me who your best friends are, and I will tell you who you are. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.

  • A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.
  • The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate – for the good and the bad.
  • The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.
  • Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.
  • An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.
  • As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb, will want you to crawl.
  • Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you, will eventually decrease you.

Consider this:

  • Never receive counsel from unproductive people.
  • Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how.
  • Not everyone has a right to speak into your life.
  • You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.
  • Don’t follow anyone who’s not going anywhere. With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it.
  • Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life.
  • Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships.


Sherman County eNews #314


  1. Public Notice. City of Wasco Special Meeting, Dec. 5

  2. Letter to the Editor: Remember Salvation Army Services During the Fires

  3. Sherman County School Board Invites Public Comment, Dec. 10

  4. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Dec. 10 

  5. Use common sense when using GPS navigation

  6. Mindset for Happiness

  7. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

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

1. Public Notice. City of Wasco Special Meeting, Dec. 5

arrow.blueswishSpecial Meeting-Wasco City Hall-Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1:00PM.
In accordance with ORS 254.575 (1) & The City of Wasco Charter Chapter VI Section 24, there will be a public meeting to break the tie vote between Erik Glover and William Minter to determine the successful candidate for Wasco City Council Position.

2. Letter to the Editor: Remember Salvation Army Services During the Fires

pencil.sharpDuring this giving time of the year. I hope you all remember the generous giving of services and time that the local Salvation Army staff gave to the residents, firemen , EMS and other supporting services  to Sherman, Wasco and Hood  River counties during this past devastating fire season.  Contact the Salvation Army, 623 E 3rd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058.


Carol MacKenzie

Wasco, Oregon

3. Sherman County School Board Invites Public Comment, Dec. 10

Join US!

The Sherman County School District Board would like your input during a public comment session.

“Should the Sherman County School District consider rezoning board positions to five at large positions?” 

December 10, 2018

6:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

Public/School Library

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039

4. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Dec. 10 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018, that will include a public comment session.

During the public comment session at 6:30 p.m., the Board will receive public input from constituents regarding possible rezoning of board positions to five at-large positions. 

 The regular board meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. Agenda topics include the public comment session, recognition, consent agenda, reports, unfinished and new business, visitor comments. Next meeting will be January 14.

The agenda will be found here:

5. ODOT: Use common sense when using GPS navigation

When roads are closed and your GPS navigation system directs you onto a detour route, keep in mind that the device you count on for guidance could instead guide you into trouble. Most navigation tools don’t take current road or weather conditions into consideration. They may direct you onto remote roads that are neither maintained nor passable in all weather conditions.

Already this season someone had to be rescued after following their GPS navigation device off the main highway and onto a snow covered forest service road near Mount Hood. Fortunately, they received help and everyone was safe. This has not always been the case.

Navigation systems and similar smartphone apps are great tools, but travelers may need to verify the identified detour route is appropriate given current conditions and the vehicle they are driving. Here are a few tips to consider:

What you can do
• Be aware that the app on your phone or in your GPS device might not have the latest information – don’t follow it blindly!
• Use (available on your computer and on your phone) to get the latest on state road conditions, or call 511.
• Remember, in winter conditions (or in summer’s fire season), roads can be impassable, so USE COMMON SENSE.
• If you are not familiar with an area and current road conditions, stay on state roads and don’t attempt detours onto roads you don’t know.
• Alter your travel plans.  If you are not sure of the route and road conditions your GPS device directs you to, ask local folks for information and consult a map. It is better to stay the night in town rather than be stuck on a remote road in the middle of nowhere.

What we will do
• ODOT crews work continually to keep state highways safe, but during certain conditions, such as blowing snow and freezing temperatures, you may want to avoid travel altogether.
• ODOT will issue media flash alerts if roads are closed. These will be updated continually on

6. Mindset for Happiness

Ever a figure of interest and respect in the history of U.S. presidents, Abraham Lincoln seems to have been a keen observer of human behavior and a pragmatic viewer of the skills of others as he went about the business of keeping a nation together, before, during and after – however briefly – a wrenching civil war.

Lincoln also had a fine grasp of that most uncommon of senses – common sense. He once said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” One hundred and fifty-odd years later, cognitive researchers have scientifically proven that Lincoln was correct.

Now the word “cognitive” simply means having to do with thought or perception, and cognitive psychologists operate on the principle that it is your thoughts, not external events, that create your moods and the way you view your days, your work, your relationships – your life.

In other words, it’s not so much what happens to you, but rather how you respond to what happens to you that determines how you feel. And that’s a “mindset,” something we have the opportunity to create for ourselves.

You see, the good news is that you can learn to respond in ways that create success and happiness instead of failure and depression. You can learn to spot your negative thoughts and stop them in their tracks, and you can learn to substitute more useful thoughts in their place.

You see, you have already learned how to create your current moods and attitudes, so you can unlearn them as well. Millions of people around the world have done the same, and there is no special college degree required. The information is out there, but you must take accountability for seeking it out and using it – and for making the changes you need to make in order to grow.

As the saying goes, “There’s no time like the present.” Choose your mindset, and watch how your life changes, dependent on the mindset you choose. ~The Pacific Institute

7. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, December 5 @ the Wasco Methodist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. Thank You, Red Gibbs

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