Sherman County eNews #293


  1. Lions Club Meeting Today, Nov. 7

  2. Republican Precinct Committee Persons Meeting Notice, Nov. 12

  3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

  4. Oregon Farm Bureau Statement: The Spotted Frog

  5. EDITORIAL. To be clear: questions & observations  

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

“The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold on us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

1. Lions Club Meeting Today, Nov. 7

LionsClub.logoMonday, Nov 7th, at noon the Lions club will have their District Governor as their special guest for their meeting, which will be held at the Senior Center at  noon in the side meeting room.  Come and share the meeting with members.


 2. Republican Precinct Committee Persons Meeting Notice, Nov. 12

flag.starsThe Sherman County Republican Precinct Committee Persons will meet on November 12, 2016, 11:30 AM in Wasco, Oregon at the Lean-to Cafe.

The purpose of the meeting is to elect county party officers and delegates to the Oregon Republican Party Central Committee.

Only Sherman County elected precinct committee persons may vote for the officers and delegates. Contact info:

3. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

dollars.coinsSherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms for projects and/or programs in Sherman County are available. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from SDL are not eligible to apply until their current grant requirements have been met. Revolving loan funds are also available to for-profit entities and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2016, and grants will be awarded by February 1, 2017.

To receive appropriate grant/loan application forms, please submit a letter of request which includes:
— A brief description of your project.
— State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
— Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:
Sherman Development League, Inc.
P.O. Box 11
Moro, OR 97039

Questions? Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

4. Oregon Farm Bureau Statement: The Spotted Frog

SALEM, OREGON, November 2, 2016: “For over 20 years, Central Oregon irrigation districts have worked closely and collaboratively with local family farmers, the Warm Springs Tribe, and other stakeholders to protect the waters of the Deschutes Basin.

The two lawsuits involving the spotted frog were baseless and without any regard to this decades-long effort to balance conservation objectives with local economic and social needs.

We support the irrigation districts and thank them for their efforts to protect local irrigators in the face of this frivolous litigation.

Oregon farmers are committed to environmental conservation and efficient water use, many making sizable investments in the latest irrigation technology.

While the settlement will reduce uncertainty about water availability and will allow irrigators to plan for 2017, the fact that it developed as a response to meritless lawsuits is extremely concerning. Litigation should not take the place of collaborative efforts in achieving conservation goals.

Oregon Farm Bureau worked closely with Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook-Wheeler County Farm Bureaus on this issue on behalf of our members for over a year.

‘Farmers impacted by the litigation will be wary of working with environmental groups like WaterWatch in the future,’ said Mickey Killingsworth of Jefferson County Farm Bureau. ‘The livelihood of Central Oregon farm families was threatened by these unjust lawsuits, and the ramifications will last long after the settlement.’ ”

5. EDITORIAL. To be clear…  

pencil.sharpEditorials are an expression of opinion intended to influence and inform. In recent weeks we published Letters to the Editor, news releases, meeting notices, and editorials, including about Frontier TeleNet and the Wasco School. 

Letters to the Editor, on the other hand, are individual or group expressions of opinion intended to influence and inform, and are shorter than editorials and often published on the same page.

Questions for Candidates. In a September 22 editorial we provided a menu of questions intended for eNews subscribers to ask county commissioner candidates.

To be very clear: Candidates’ answers to these questions were not requested, expected or accepted by eNews out of respect for their political campaigns. Yes, we made it clear that we would not publish a candidate’s answers to the menu of questions.

Sherman County eNews regularly publishes, and will continue to publish, Sherman County Court Notes, notices, news and agendas, including an article on October 17, “Sherman County Court Explains Fiber Optic Project.”  

Questions after Questions. Following our posting of the “menu of questions,” we received 24 questions from subscribers. We hope they were also sent to the appropriate jurisdiction. For example: “What do county commissioners do? Are they paid?”

Briefly… Our county judge and commissioners regularly meet twice a month, and occasionally in special meetings, to conduct county business. Their work is substantially supported by staff, legal counsel and other elected officials. They also represent the county on governing boards of regional and local agencies that deliver services to Sherman County, a routine part of their duties and also supported by staff. Their reports on these meetings are made during regular meetings of the County Court. See

In each case, a county judge or commissioner works in partnerships and claims no personal credit for the group’s accomplishments. It’s very unusual to hear “I” in their reports or conversations. Most know that their achievements are collaborative. It’s also unusual for a county official to bully or interfere with the decisions of other boards, but it happens.

The current compensation for the full-time County Judge position on a seven-step salary schedule is $7,381/month, the top salary for the county judge position of $7,097, plus longevity pay of $284/month.

The current compensation for the half-time position of County Commissioner (Smith) on the seven-step salary schedule is $3,219/month. This is the top salary for a commissioner and is a .50 FTE (full-time equivalency) position (20hrs/wk).

The current compensation for the half-time position of County Commissioner (McCoy) on the seven-step salary schedule is $2,919/month, at the fifth of seven steps and the same .50 FTE (20hrs/wk).

These officials are eligible for all county benefits, PERS and health insurance based on FTE and mileage. Compensation for all 47 county employees is calculated on the schedule according to their classification, FTE and longevity, some on a merit basis.

Observations. The political flyer for the candidate running as a write-in for commissioner would have us believe that the county commissioner position is “a full time job.”  At a recent County Court session he stated, “… although the work load is full-time, the pay is half-time.” The salary schedule puts it at .50 FTE.

Does that make folks wonder if candidate Joe Dabulskis has time for the job? He does.

Increased interest in Frontier TeleNet resulted in an October 13 special meeting of the Sherman County Court to discuss – Frontier TeleNet, its contracted positions and recent press. Why? Why not the Frontier TeleNet board? Why then?

Sherman County eNews Special Editions. From time to time, Sherman County eNews posts a series of, or content from, Special Editions A-H in the spirit of community support and collaboration: A. Boards, Governance, Recruitment, Orientation; B. Character, Workplace Etiquette, Conflict Resolution; C. Ethics, Teamwork, Personality Types, Character, Gossip; D. Leadership, Networking, Communication, Community Conflict; E. Shared State & County Service, Public Officials, Public Records, Legal Notices, Meetings Law; F. Conducting Meetings, Meeting Checklists & Ground Rules, Committee Functioning; G. Fundraising; and H. Fundraising for Non-Profits, Community Partnerships.

 6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do We Are As a People—The Syrian Refugee Question

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Revisionist History Distorts Slavery’s Roots

Democracy’s Majesty and 2016’s Indignity

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Defense News

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Tommy Hitchcock and the P-51 Mustang

Job Openings – Mid-Columbia Economic Development District

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Request for Proposals