Sherman County eNews #280


  1. Notice: Sherman County Court Meeting Agenda, Nov. 2

  2. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 13

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 19

  4. Your Personal GPS

  5. Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers welcomed home from deployment

  6. History Tidbits: WWI Sherman County Casualties

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

1. Notice: Sherman County Court Meeting Agenda, Nov. 2

A Sherman County Court session is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Please note, this session will be held at the Sherman County Extension Office, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro 97039.



2. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 13

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

ShermanCoLogo(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the November 2 court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in special session on October 13, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard the history of Frontier TeleNet (FTN) from Will Carey, County Counsel; an ordinance was passed establishing Frontier TeleNet as an Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 190 entity; Northern Oregon Regional Corrections and Mid-Columbia Council of Governments are both Chapter 190 entities; a Chapter 190 entity is spelled out by Oregon statute, including its creation, bylaws, and how the entity is run; FTN was formed by Wheeler, Gilliam, and Sherman counties; each county has the right to appoint one member from its elected body to sit on the Board of Directors; the board makes policy and decisions; the North Central Education Service District also joined as a member of FTN; Chapter 190 entities function under the same rules as the member entities; the board of FTN functions under a ‘different hat’ when it sits as the FTN board to conduct business than it does when members function as parts of their own entities;
  • Judge Thompson explained FTN has served Wheeler, Gilliam, and Sherman counties for the last fifteen years; it was created to provide emergency services communications for all law enforcement, fire, ambulance, 911, and internet needs; at the time of its creation, no other entity would or could provide these services, so FTN built a broadband system through grants and user fees in order to meet that mission;
  • discussed how communities without high-speed internet have difficulty attracting growth; discussed how the current internet system was disintegrating due to overuse and overload;
  • Commissioner Smith clarified the county negotiated with other providers in the area to see if they could provide high-speed internet, but no company would commit to the project or reveal the location of fiber; the court looked to see how it was possible to get fiber to the county and found a company already moving through; this allowed the cost to be brought down to a reasonable level; the 911 center in Condon provides 13 full-time jobs and is only able to do so because of FTN; Sherman County tried to negotiate with other providers but received no response; the fiber project was discussed for three years, and finally it was planned and implemented; the State of Oregon is providing a $820,000 grant to support the project; installing fiber has provided the opportunity for companies to use the fiber to provide high-speed internet to an area no one was previously willing to serve, but it also creates the opportunity for a backup 911 center in Sherman County;
  • Brad Lohrey, Sheriff, explained Sherman County was providing data for law enforcement to use, but uses of the system have changed and higher-speed is needed; mission critical fiber is important for emergency and law enforcement communication;
  • Commissioner Smith explained fiber will allow the county to join a national broadband emergency services network;
  • heard from Chris Kaseberg, private businessman and citizen of Wasco, that government interferes with private business; he expressed he was not opposed to fiber but had a problem with not engaging private companies to help build it; Commissioner Smith replied the court talked to private companies about bringing in fiber and were told no; the installation of fiber created the opportunity for companies to provide local service; internet service providers are welcome to use the fiber to provide service; Chris stated the county had internet before fiber through satellite; Commissioner McCoy replied this type of internet is expensive, has data caps, and does not perform with adequate speed, and fiber will;
  • Chris asked who built the fiber and if companies had the opportunity to bid; Sherman County gave the opportunity for several internet providers to provide internet services or fiber; the county continues to invite internet service providers to use the fiber to provide service;
  • heard from Bryan Adams, Lightspeed Networks (LSN), LSN has been explicitly denied access to FTN facilities; LSN is looking to expand service and has been told they cannot use the fiber; Commissioner Smith replied FTN looked to find a marketing director to deal with those issues; the fiber is an open system available to anyone to use; Commissioner McCoy added the fiber isn’t complete yet, and there are marketing issues that need to be corrected;
  • Windwave is burying the fiber; discussion was held about Inland/Windwave ownership and if it was a government owned subsidiary in Morrow County; Chris expressed concern about how the project was done and whether it was done properly; Commissioner Smith replied the process was handled legally and was done as inexpensively as possible;
  • Sherry Kaseberg, eNews Editor, asked to see how it was advertised to get Windwave involved; Will replied it was advertised in The Times Journal, The Dalles Chronicle, and The Eastern Oregonian; the add was placed for the required time period and was then awarded to Windwave;
  • Commissioner McCoy asked what the process was for FTN to hire a new Director of Marketing; Will replied it was advertised in The Times Journal, The Dalles Chronicle, and The Eastern Oregonian; the add was placed for the required time period, and anybody who responded was interviewed; Commissioner Smith added this is his area of expertise; the job requires incredibly specific understanding of government, boards, and technical knowledge; he looked through ORS to see if there were conflicts with him applying for the position, and there didn’t appear to be; he also received a ruling from the ethics committee that verified there were no conflicts with him taking the position; Commissioner Smith’s individual contractor business Connections LLC was awarded the contract, though terms have not yet been negotiated;
  • the court composed a letter answering questions that have been raised by recent press in eNews and The Times Journal; Sherry stated the court has had ample time to explain the fiber project; Commissioner Smith replied fiber updates have been given regularly in County Court, articles have appeared in the Reporter, and articles have appeared in eNews; Sherry suggested the Citizen Reporter be expanded to report more on the actions of the County Court; this would aid in transparency; the Reporter is mailed, delivered to local businesses, and posted online; news releases are sent to The Times Journal, court notes are posted in eNews, and minutes are posted online;
  • the court came to the consensus to summarize the content of this special session in an article that explains FTN, how FTN relates to the new fiber system, and how Sherman County plans to proceed from here; this article will be sent to local press sources;
  • Judge Thompson explained he heard Windwave didn’t have a franchise agreement with the City of Moro; LSN has a franchise agreement in Wasco and Moro; Commissioner Smith reported he spoke to Windwave and was told franchise agreements were applied to in both cities; this is not something the court or FTN controls; the court agrees if a service is being provided, a franchise agreement is necessary;
  • Mac Stinchfield, The Times Journal, asked who owns the fiber; Sherman County provided money to FTN to get the fiber installed; Windwave owns the fiber and will maintain the line; Sherman County owns bandwidth on the fiber;
  • the court briefly discussed Sherman County’s weed control laws and Biggs Service District.

3. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 19

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

ShermanCoLogo(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the November 2 Court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on October 19, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard a quarterly report from Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace; revenues were above the projected level, and total traffic related filings are up from the first quarter of last year; there were seven fish and wildlife cases filed and three marine cases filed;
  • heard a quarterly report from Jan Byram, Senior Center Director; Citycounty Insurance performed a routine walk-through appraisal; the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments survey was distributed and returned; the new head cook Cindy Heater-Judah is doing a great job, and numbers are up for lunches; Brian Hulke is the new Senior Center Advisory Committee member; meal fees have increased, and patrons have been accepting of this; delivering to-go meals has been successful; Jan is working on organizing another pizza nite and silent auction; FLI Landscape will winterize the Senior Center in November;
  • heard a quarterly report from Brad Lohrey, Sheriff; although speed limits did not change in Sherman County, speeding on Highway 97 has increased; accidents have increased compared to last year at this time; mental health calls have reduced by half since the county received a full time mental health worker; the Sheriff’s Department was offered a bay in the old building after the new bay is built in Rufus; Sheriff Lohrey is looking into hiring a seasonal, part-time employee to work the marine program in summers instead of using a deputy;
  • heard a quarterly report from Wes Owens, Sherman County School District Superintendent; staff and students are getting settled into the new building; upcoming events include homecoming week and the Mid Columbia Producers dinner; the Hall of Honor program was started this year and Wes hopes this is built on for many years to come; the school is transitioning to the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports system which emphasizes respectful, safe, and responsible behavior;
  • heard a quarterly report from Georgia Macnab, Planning Director; a few non-farm dwellings have been approved; Georgia is reviewing the site plan for the new Weed District facilities; currently, there is one resolved zoning violation and one zoning violation in review; the R.V. Park recently purchased a new washing machine; dead trees were recently removed; Georgia will look at the budget to see if a local contractor can be called to fix or replace the roof of the laundry facilities; Georgia attended many meetings and will conclude her term as Association of Oregon County Planning Directors President this November;
  • received a written quarterly report from Jessica Metta, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) Economic Development Coordinator; Jessica has been helping the county explore options to encourage the development of rental housing; MCEDD currently has $1.9 million available for housing loans; Biggs Service District needs to formally add water services to its purpose in an order to be considered eligible for a water loan; a public hearing will be held for this;
  • heard a quarterly report from Sandy Macnab, Extension Services; Cindy Brown withdrew her request to transfer to Oregon State University employment; currently there is $31,800 in reserves, and typically $25,000 is carried; it is unsure if this is the total amount of the reserves or the amount of money that was not spent in the 2016 fiscal year; Sandy will determine how much money will be returned to the county; Sandy has been in contact with Mary Corp about phone and internet use at the Extension Office; access to secure, wireless internet at the Burnet Building was discussed; Sandy retired December 31, 2015, and has been working on a half-time basis but plans to be completely finished December 31, 2016;
  • heard a quarterly report from Marnene Benson-Wood, Community Transit Coordinator/Treasurer; total passenger one-way rides totaled 1,382; elderly and disabled one-way rides totaled 1,088; revenue operation hours totaled 1,563; revenue service mileage totaled 42,821; grant money is still available, and Community Transit hopes to purchase a self-lowering bus for approximately $121,136; there were no accidents, alcohol or drug problems, or civil rights complaints; Marnene explained building a new Bus Barn is needed, and discussion was held about possible placement of this building; the court approved the Transit Periodic Report for the 1st quarter for 2016-2017;
  • met with Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, about the Ambulance Service Area (ASA) Plan Advisory Committee; a meeting was held with the previous ASA committee to determine the makeup of the revised committee; those in attendance could not come to a unified decision; Shawn explained the ASA ordinance and ORS rules state the County Court is responsible for appointing members to the ASA committee; she, as Emergency Services Director, recommended the County Court consider the composition of the committee; discussion was held about different options for appointing members to the committee; the court will set forth a proposal to the previous ASA committee and ask for feedback before determining the makeup of the committee;
  • met with Nate Stice, Regional Solutions; discussed workforce housing and informed Nate about housing partnerships and projects that were discussed in the past; the court explained what it is doing to work with Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to promote housing-for-rent; Nate stated he is impressed with the work the county has done regarding broadband; the raceway in Grass Valley may want infrastructure improvements in the future, so Nate will begin to formulate a path to provide services there as a long-term project; discussion was held about the parks bill in the House and Senate; the court summarized Starvation Lane issues and discussed the Federal Lands Access Program Grant; Nate is working on a few other Sherman County projects including the Biggs Service District water improvements, a Macks to the mouth trail, and the Rufus Industrial Park;
  • met with Andy Anderson, Mayor of Moro, about the Sherman County Fiber project; Andy stated getting fiber optics and high-speed internet is important to the town and the people of Sherman County; the City of Moro was approached by Lightspeed Networks about bringing in internet and entering into a franchise agreement; the City Council is not in the loop about the fiber going through town and does not know who to contact when problems arise; Windwave is installing the fiber and has not entered into a franchise agreement with the City of Moro; franchise agreements give the city some control over making sure internet (or other service) is offered equally to all residents; the court gave a brief summary of the background and makeup of the Frontier TeleNet entity; before providing any service, Windwave needs to enter into a franchise agreement with the City of Moro; several individuals are unhappy with how their property was left after fiber was installed; the court gave Andy contact information for Windwave to make sure this is taken care of; Andy asked as the project moves forward, the court communicate to all vendors that they need to approach the city for franchise agreements so all Moro citizens are ensured the availability of service;
  • the court entered into executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel to discuss a letter of complaint;
  • approved the Stepping Up Initiative Resolution to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities (NORCOR), commit to sharing lessons learned with other counties, and to support a national initiative for county officials, employees, and residents to participate in Stepping Up;
  • approved an Intergovernmental Agreement creating the Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors to promote public works activities, to promote the professional application of land surveying, to promote the ethical practices of the profession, and to give all counties in Oregon the advantages of these professions in all phases of county services and authorized Judge Thompson to sign pending approval of County Counsel;
  • approved signing up for the National Association of Counties’ Rural Impact County Challenge;
  • discussed an update on the Wasco Annex, the format of the Citizen Reporter, and the Sherman County website;
  • heard reports from court members about regional board activities.

4. Your Personal GPS

glassesDo you know what you want out of life? Or do you have trouble answering this question?

Do you know anyone who seems constantly lost in a fog of confusion? They go one way and then another. Sometimes, they latch on to something as if it’s the solution to all their problems, only to downgrade it a few months or weeks (sometimes days) later and move on to something or someone else. They just don’t seem to know what they want.

Maybe you’re a bit like this yourself. If so, perhaps it is time for you to get back in touch with your dreams, but do so in a very focused way. You see, you can’t achieve your goals if you don’t know what they are. You can’t even set goals, if you don’t have any dreams for yourself or your future.

So ask yourself, what would you like the end-results, the outcomes, to be for yourself at the end of five years? How about at the end of one year? Once you have that outcome, what will you see? What will you hear? What will you feel? Be as specific as possible, and write your answers down.

Yes, write your answers down. Writing them down makes them real, not something floating in and out of your consciousness. Writing it down also gives you something solid to go back to, to refresh and reinforce. So whether you use paper and pencil or some electronic device, write them down. This will be your “future reference” for comparison.

Then, examine current reality – and write it down. How is it different? Again, be specific and detailed.  Finally, take a good look at the “gap” between Current Reality and your Future Reference.  Fill in that gap, by listing, in order, the steps you will need to take to move from current reality to your desired end-result.

This process will take some time, so stay with it. But when you’re done, you’ll have a roadmap you can use to guide you to a very personal kind of success. Think of it as your personal GPS – your Goal Projection System. ~ The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers welcomed home from deployment 

flag.starsSALEM, Oregon – Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation, were honored in a demobilization ceremony, October 22, 2016, at the Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF #2) in Pendleton, Oregon. The unit recently returned from a deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Approximately 60 Oregon Soldiers deployed alongside Washington and California Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB), 40th Combat Aviation Brigade. The unit performed heavy helicopter airlift operations, transporting personnel and equipment using CH-47F Chinook helicopters throughout the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

The ceremony also marked the rollout of new F-model Chinooks for the Pendleton-based unit. The F-models include new, updated electronics and cargo loading systems.

In attendance at the ceremony were Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, on behalf of Oregon Governor Kate Brown; U.S. Representative Greg Walden (OR-District 2); Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk; and Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, among others.

6. History Tidbits: WWI Sherman County Casualties

World War I 1917-1918 – Official List: Sherman County Casualties

Names of officers and enlisted men from Oregon who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces during the World War:

Henry S. Baker Grass Valley Henry Samuel Baker’s draft registration card indicates he was born at Rhodes, Iowa, October 14, 1896. He was 21 years old, a resident of Grass Valley, single, and a station helper at the O.W.R.R. & N. Co in Grass Valley. The American Legion Post was named Henley-Baker.
Harold G. Dixon Moro  
Alex Henley

(or Hanley)

Grass Valley Alex Henley was 21 when he filled out his draft registration card, indicating that he was born September 20, 1895, at Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, not a citizen, but had declared his intent for naturalization, and was a laborer working for J.J. Conroy of Grass Valley. The son of Albert and Jane Henley, the family was enumerated in the 1901 census of Ontario, Canada, and the 1910 census of Seattle Ward 11, King County, Washington. He and his parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1905. Canadian birth records give the year of birth for Alexander Percival ____ Henley as 1896, son of Albert and Jane (Menzies) Henley. He petitioned for naturalization in the Western District of Washington (state), September 20, 1917, while he was at Camp Lewis, Washington. The American Legion Post was named Henley-Baker.
Bonnie H. Morrow Wasco Bonnie Harold Morrow, son of Susan E. (McCullough) (Foster) and James Jerome Morrow of Wasco, born at Monkland, Sherman County, Oregon, March 13, 1897, nephew of Mrs. Ed Kaseberg. He died November 29, 1918, and is buried at Sun Rise Cemetery near Wasco.
Jim Reid Moro  
Alvia Venable Wasco James Alva Venable was the son of James B. and Kate (Woolen) Venable and brother of Harold Rex, Oral and Frances “Fanny” Venable. He died in 1918 while serving in the U.S. Navy.
Raymond White Moro Raymond White’s draft registration card gives his age as 27,  his birth date as February 26, 1890, near Boise, Idaho, and his occupation as laborer for Tom Alley of Wasco.

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

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Health After 50

The Energy Trap. Do the Math. Using physics and estimation to assess energy, growth, options

Powerline – News & Blog

The Federalist – $4/month

Refugee Crisis: What does it mean to help one family?

 [A good read on understanding the Middle East. Yes, it’s long, and worth your time.] Unpacking the Global Conflict in Syria – Whose Side Are We Really On?

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Clinton Thug Robert Creamer Planned ObamaCare in Jail

The Final Debate — Trump Was Right

Why Should Trump Accept the Election Results?

Obamacare Premiums Up 30% in TX, MS, KS; 50% in IL, AZ, PA; 93% in NM: When Does the Death Spiral Blow Up?

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Speaking Truth to Power Becomes Sucking Up to Power

Charles Barkley has something to say about race in America

White House Watch

Most Still Say Clinton Should Have Been Indicted