Sherman County eNews #274

CONTENT

  1. An Invitation: Sherman PK-12 Grand Opening Ceremony, Oct. 18

  2. Letter to the Editor & Residents of Sherman County

  3. Conservation Assistance Available to Oregon Farmers and Ranchers

  4. Sherman County Court Explains Fiber Optic Project


 1. An Invitation: Sherman PK-12 Grand Opening Ceremony, Oct. 18

 Logo.Sherman High School

YOU ARE INVITED!

Please join us at the

PK-12 Comprehensive Facility

Grand Opening Ceremony

Celebrating our New Elementary

and Remodeled Jr./Sr. High School including:

  • The Elementary Wing
  • Remodeled Classrooms
  • Event Center Lobby
  • The James Weir Agricultural Science and Technology Center
  • The New High Tech Science Lab
  • The New Kitchen
  • Remodeled Restrooms

Date: October 18, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Where: Sherman County School

Address: 65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

We look forward to seeing you at this special ceremony!


2. Letter to the Editor & Residents of Sherman County

Over the 32 years I’ve lived here, I’ve been involved with local government and other boards that have reason to work with the Sherman County Court.  I served on the Moro City Council for nearly 16 years, the health district board and fair board.

The current election for County Commissioner is an extremely important one that deserves your consideration. I believe that the election of Joe Dabulskis will give us a solid County Court that will work for the people.

I believe that government’s role should be limited. We have seen county government expand into areas best left to private industry. From RV parks to Internet, and looking into building duplexes, it appears that there is a desire by some to do what the private sector should be driving. I believe Joe Dabulskis would do his best to hold the line on county government’s role in competing with industry.

I have seen a heavy-handed approach toward other county organizations. We should not tolerate these tactics from any elected officials. The County Court must develop an attitude of accepting decisions of other boards and committees. I believe Joe Dabulskis will bring this attitude to the county court.

County commissioners need to be above the appearance of ethical impropriety. Joe Dabulskis will bring high ethical standards to this position.

Possibly the most important quality the person in this role needs to have is a “heart” for Sherman County. County commissioners must serve the ENTIRE county. This is not a position for one to build for political clout. We need a person who has invested in the community, understands the community, and is a part of the community. I have never expected to agree with anyone 100%, but if I believe that they are acting for the good of the whole community then, agree or disagree, I can support the individual. Joe Dabulskis brings all of these things to the table.

Joe is a family man and has been farming for all the years I’ve known him. He and his wife Jeanie raised three very respectful, hard-working kids that I had the pleasure of working with in the 4-H program. I believe you teach hard work and respect by living it.

Joe is honest, intelligent and open-minded, and will bring much needed new ideas. I am certain that he will bring strong character traits to the role of County Commissioner.

I strongly encourage everyone to vote for Joe Dabulskis for Sherman County Commissioner. He’s a man with a heart for Sherman County and its citizens.

Bert Perisho

Moro


 3. Conservation Assistance Available to Oregon Farmers and Ranchers

autumn.treesbareApply for funding by Nov. 18 with the Natural Resources Conservation Service

PORTLAND, Ore. – (Oct. 17, 2016) — Attention Oregon agricultural producers: Have you ever looked across your farmland, rangeland or forestland and thought about some changes you would like to make? For example, saving water through more efficient irrigation systems, enhancing wildlife habitat, installing a high tunnel, or reducing the risk of catastrophic forest fire?

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has funding available to help Oregon farmers, ranchers and family forest owners improve the health and vigor of their land through voluntary conservation.

 

The funding is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS offers EQIP funding every year, with several “cut-off” application deadlines throughout the year.

The first EQIP application deadline for 2017 funding is Nov. 18, 2016. EQIP works similar to a rebate. The producer pays for the costs up-front to install conservation practices, then NRCS certifies the completed work and issues a payment. Producer and land eligibility criteria apply. To learn more, visit the Oregon EQIP webpage.

Oregon EQIP funds are available to producers within targeted areas in each county to address priority natural resource concerns. These targeted areas are identified each year by partners and landowners through a locally-led strategic planning process. Learn more about NRCS Oregon’s Strategic Approach to Conservation on the NRCS Oregon website at www.or.nrcs.usda.gov.

To find out what kinds of EQIP funding opportunities are available in your county, contact your local USDA Service Center or visit the Oregon NRCS website. Find a list of Oregon USDA Service Centers by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab.

In fiscal year 2016, NRCS awarded $20.4 million in EQIP financial assistance to help Oregon agricultural producers implement conservation on more than 170,000 acres of private farms, ranches and woodlands. 


4. Sherman County Court Explains Fiber Optic Project

Recently, there have been articles in the local news discussing Frontier TeleNet (FTN) and Sherman County’s fiber optic project. These issues are as important as they are complex, and the Sherman County Court hopes to answer some of the questions that have been raised.

FTN has served Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties for over 15 years. It is an entity created by the three counties in order to provide Emergency Services communications for all police, fire, ambulance, and 911 radio and Internet needs. At the time of its creation, no other entity would or could provide these services, so FTN built a system through grants and user fees to meet this need. At the same time FTN was building the system, it also recognized the need to provide high-speed Internet to the schools and residents in our highly rural and greatly underserved area. No other provider would make Internet service available to everyone, so FTN met that challenge and has been a provider of Broadband/Internet ever since. FTN sells Broadband to multiple Internet providers and many schools in the three counties, making it possible to have choices about Internet where once there were none.

The need for fast and reliable Internet has grown exponentially over the last few years, so Sherman County attempted to negotiate with other providers to meet that need. Since no providers would build the infrastructure needed for better service, the court planned and funded a fiber project, managed by FTN, to significantly improve the speed of our Internet system. The new fiber line will be open to any Internet provider so better service and choice will be available in our counties. It also serves a critical role in our emergency communications and creates the opportunity for a back-up 911 center in Sherman County. Without this project, that opportunity would not exist.

The fiber project was openly discussed, planned, and saved for over the last three years. Updates on the progress have been reported at many court meetings in the last several years. The State of Oregon recognized the good work of the county and awarded a grant in the amount of $820,000.00 to help expand the project.

As for the future of FTN, the board recognizes the need to expand usage of the system and to allow for as many users as possible so FTN will continue to be self-funding and of no cost to its member counties.

The court is proud of the accomplishments of FTN and would like every citizen to understand how valuable this entity has been in serving the needs of our area when no other provider would. Thanks to the creation of FTN, we have something that few rural areas have: an open, available, and enviable Emergency Services radio and Broadband network.

More information about Sherman County fiber will be coming through future communications.

~ Sherman County Court


 

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