Sherman County eNews #295


  1. Election Night Results

  2. What Time Will the Polls Close? (And When Will We Know Who Won?)

  3. Ethics and Integrity

  4. Challenging Your Perspective – Part 2

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

1. Election Night Results 

The State established a new election results reporting link beginning with this election.  Sherman County Clerk Jenine McDermid has attached a link to the Sherman County website and also a direct link to the site.

Folks can go here to see updated unofficial election results for all counties throughout the evening and beyond. Unofficial results will be posted beginning at 8:00pm tonight.

2. What Time Will the Polls Close? (And When Will We Know Who Won?)

3. Ethics and Integrity

An organization’s success depends on the integrity of its employees. We have all witnessed the severe problems that result in the personal, professional and political arena, when anyone, at any level, acts without integrity.  When an organization’s reputation is damaged, there ensues a tragic loss of both customers and good employees. Organizations of all types are now taking a proactive approach to preventing problems by offering trainings about ethics and integrity.

We found that clients seemed confused about the differences between ethics and integrity. After reviewing the literature on these terms, we have defined ethics and integrity in a way people can understand and immediately use.  

Ethics + Integrity   =   Alignment  (Inside & Out)  

Ethics: is an external system of rules and laws. Usually there are rewards when we follow the rules and punishments when we break them. A professional board or committee often monitors compliance. Many organizations have developed a code of ethics that employees are expected to obey. 

Integrity: is an internal system of principles which guides our behavior. The rewards are intrinsic. Integrity is a choice rather than an obligation. Even though influenced by upbringing and exposure, integrity cannot be forced by outside sources.  Integrity conveys a sense of wholeness and strength.   When we are acting with integrity we do what is right – even when no one is watching.

People of integrity are guided by a set of core principles that empowers them to behave consistently to high standards. The core principles of integrity are virtues, such as: compassion, dependability, generosity, honesty, kindness, loyalty, maturity, objectivity, respect, trust and wisdom. Virtues are the valuable personal and professional assets employees develop and bring to work each day. 

The sum of all virtues equals integrity.

There is a dynamic relationship between integrity and ethics, where each strengthens, or reinforces, the other.  Personal integrity is the foundation for ethics – good business ethics encourages integrity.  A person who has worked hard to develop a high standard of integrity will likely transfer these principles to their professional life. Possessing a high degree of integrity, a person’s words and deeds will be in alignment with the ethical standards of the organization.

The right thing to do is not always the easy thing.

It can be challenging for organizations to establish and then comply with their own ethical standards. Whether ethics are defined or not, employees at all levels experience pressures to act against ethical standards and counter to their own integrity.  Some say one thing and then, in the heat of battle, do another.  It takes awareness and courage to act in that moment; to hold out for a choice that is in alignment with the stated ethics of the organization and the integrity of those involved.  

Integrity is what provides the inspiration to convert awareness into action.  The good news: There is intrinsic satisfaction in accessing courage at times when our integrity is tested.  ~ Bob Czimbal and Michele Brooks, The Abundance Company

4.  Challenging Your Perspective – Part 2

Yesterday, we talked about the valuable skill of Context Reframing and how it can help you turn negatives into positives. Today, let’s take it one step further.

Are you locked into your behaviors – trapped and controlled by them – or are you in charge of your actions, and fully accountable for the results you get in life?  If you want to take charge, one of the most important things you can do is to learn how to interpret your experiences in ways that help and support you rather than in ways that undermine and obstruct. 

You see, every experience has multiple meanings, depending on who is looking and what they are focusing on. Imagine two teachers looking at the same child. One says, “This child is a motor-mouth and never shuts up. Completely disruptive and difficult.”  The other teacher says, “This kid has a lot to contribute and is not a bit shy about doing so. Very active and has good verbal skills.”

Do you see the difference? How do you suppose these two teachers approaching the same student? How different would their approaches be? You can apply this same example to the workplace, families, anywhere personalities and behaviors can be observed.

You see, we behave not in accordance with the truth, but with the truth as we perceive it and believe it to be. Take a minute and think of situations in your life which are presently challenging you. How many different ways can you see each of these situations? What can you learn by seeing them differently? 

Can you assign different meanings to them by changing your point of view? And, most importantly, how does doing this free you to behave differently? Our thoughts control our actions, so it is vitally important that we stay in charge of our thoughts. ~ The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl.limbPlanning for 2017 Solar Eclipse in Eastern Oregon

Ethics & Integrity: The Abundance Company

What Time Will the Polls Close? (And When Will We Know Who Won?)

Oregon State Heritage Preservation Office & Oregon Heritage programs<

Judge’s Order Revives Movement to Remove Snake River Dams 

Local governments, schools bracing for PERS increases

Oregon State Ichthyology Collection



Sherman County eNews #294


  1. Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan Advisory Committee

  2. Order Now! Grapefruit, Oranges & Shelled Pecans | Sherman County Lions Club

  3. Sherman County School District Notice of Temporary Position

  4. Planning for 2017 Solar Eclipse in Eastern Oregon

  5. Oregon School Boards Convention, Nov. 10-13

  6. Challenging Your Perspective

  7. Editorial. Connecting the dots #1 

1. Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan Advisory Committee

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court is looking for interested Sherman County residents to become part of Sherman County Ambulance’s Ambulance Service Area (ASA) Plan Advisory Committee. The ASA Plan is a document outlining a process for establishing a county emergency medical services system. The plan addresses the need for and coordination of ambulance services. The ASA Plan is already in place; however, the court is changing the structure of the committee. The court is requesting representation from each of the communities in Sherman County, which are Kent, Grass Valley, Moro, Wasco, Rufus and Biggs Jct. Members can be emergency personnel or lay citizens. The remainder of the committee will be one member of the Sherman County Ambulance, one member of the 911 Dispatch Center, and one member of County Court.

The Advisory Committee’s function is to monitor performance measures and complaint and dispute resolution. This Advisory Committee will meet at the beginning of January 2017 to approve the updated ASA Plan and then must meet a minimum of every 4 years, unless called to meet sooner for any issues that may arise.

If you are interested in participating on this Advisory Committee, please send a letter of interest to Sherman County Court: P.O. Box 365; Moro, Oregon 97039. Letters of interest must be received no later than December 20, 2016 at 1:00PM.

If you have questions regarding the ASA Plan or Advisory Committee, please feel free to contact Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, at 541-565-3100. 

2. Order Now! Grapefruit, Oranges & Shelled Pecans | Sherman County Lions

food.orangesSherman County Lions are again offering the wonderful fruit from Texas….grapefruit and oranges and now shelled pecans, (as offered by AFS annually):

  • 18 to 20 wonderful pink grapefruit      $20
  • around 40 navel oranges                    $20
  • or a half and half box  for                    $20
  • New this year: 1# bag of shelled pecans $14.

Call Nell 541- 565-3517 THIS WEEK for delivery at the High school Bazaar on December 3rd.

3. Sherman County School District Notice of Temporary Position

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman County School District

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039

Notice of Temporary Position

Sherman County School District is seeking a Certified Temporary Teacher:


Temporary 2nd Grade Teacher

Start Date:

February 6, 2017

End Date:

May 5, 2017

Position Description:     

Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified and motivated Certified 2nd Grade Temporary Teacher. The district is looking for an individual with a strong understanding of Professional Learning Communities and the ability to work as a team. The candidate should also have a working knowledge of Common Core State Standards and effective teaching strategies. Moreover, the individual must possess the ability to communicate with students, parents and colleagues effectively.

This position will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and drug test is required.

If you are interested in this position, please email Wes Owens at

4. Planning for 2017 Solar Eclipse in Eastern Oregon

starCircleOn August 21, 2017 Eastern Oregon will play host to 2 minute event that will be witnessed by a mere 50,000 people coming from all over the world. The ‘never to happen again in our lifetime’ event is the total eclipse of the sun, and eastern Oregon sits right in the middle of the darkest of opportunities. Is your community ready? What plans are there to invite visitors to come early and stay late in the region? What if it is cloudy on the coast that day…will eastern Oregon see thousands more witnesses?

Eastern Oregon Visitors Association is working with Travel Oregon, the Governor’s office, OMSI, and the Office of Emergency Management to coordinate with communities across the region. Through a generous grant from Travel Oregon, EOVA and the John Day River Territory has hired a consultant who will oversee three primary coordination tactics:

First, work with the communities within Eastern Oregon who have already established a Solar Eclipse Team. Second, to create along with Travel Oregon and the Eclipse Teams, a strategic marketing and public relations plan, that will encourage visitors to come early and stay long after the 2.5 minute event. Finally, to gather information about any and all Eclipse related events, activities, facility opportunities that are happening in the region, and distribute to visitors via interactive media.

Don’t be caught off guard! People will be here on August 21, 2017. Make sure your business is ready by joining the Eastern Oregon Eclipse Team. Call EOVA for more information in your area. 541-856-3272.

5. Oregon School Boards Convention, Nov. 10-13

~  Oregon School Boards Association

The largest annual statewide gathering of local school board members and school administrators will take place Nov. 10-13 in downtown Portland. More than 800 attendees from Oregon’s K-12 school districts, education service districts, charter schools and community colleges are expected for the Oregon School Boards Association’s 70th Annual Convention at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 S.W. Naito Parkway.

A one-day workshop for administrative professionals will be held Thursday, Nov. 10. The full conference begins Friday, Nov. 11, and runs into the weekend, and includes workshops ranging from transgender issues to improving graduation rates to addressing cyberbullying in schools.

Featured speakers include motivational speaker Chad Hymas (Friday), author and education professor Pedro Noguera (Saturday), and Umatilla SD Superintendent Heidi Sipe (Sunday).

A full schedule of workshops and speakers can be found at

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

 6. Challenging Your Perspective

glassesToday, let’s talk about a way to look at things from a different perspective. It’s called “Context Reframing,” and it’s a technique you can use to help shift your perspective from negative to positive.

Our past experiences influence our ability to perceive what’s happening in the world and to interpret what we perceive. However, there are many ways to experience a situation. One of the keys to living a successful life is to consistently interpret your experience in ways that support you in getting the results you want.

Context Reframing is a technique that can help you do just that. It involves taking an experience that seems to be negative and imagining how the same experience can be an advantage, if you see it in another context. Children’s literature is full of context reframing. The ugly duckling suffered great pain because he was so different from his peers, but his difference was his beauty as a full-grown swan. Rudolph’s nose, at first an object of ridicule, turned into an advantage and made him a hero in the context of a dark, snowy night.

Many parents of disabled children help their kids turn what some call handicaps into special gifts. And plenty of folks have turned failure into learning experiences that helped them succeed in a big way down the line.

So, you see, it’s not what happens to you in life that makes or breaks you. It’s how you interpret what happens to you – and that decision is completely in your hands. ~ The Pacific Institute

7. Editorial. Connecting the dots #1 

pencil.sharpIn October, we expressed editorial concern about Frontier TeleNet’s process and transparency. Nothing inaccurate, personal, misleading, unfair, biased or conspiratorial is there. The facts are found in the public records and in The East Oregonian and The Times-Journal.

Oddly, the Sherman County Court, rather than the Frontier TeleNet board of directors, (Wheeler, Gilliam and Sherman county judges and the NCESD superintendent), convened on October 13th, “ … to discuss Frontier TeleNet, Frontier TeleNet employee contracts, and the Court’s response regarding recent press about Frontier TeleNet.”  

We appreciate and support the successes of Frontier TeleNet and have since its beginning with construction of the Tri-County Communications tower system and telecommunications services through Northwest Open Access Network.

To be clear, we are concerned about the lack of process and transparency in planning, developing and implementing the fiber optic telecommunications system, fiber ownership and use, position development, contracting practices and legal notices.

PROCESS. We expect a legal, ethical process as required by law for all government entities, and an effective professional performance in budgeting, planning, research, public engagement, legal notices and project development by the Frontier TeleNet board and staff.

Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) Chapter 279 provides specific rules for any contracting or procurement. It’s not enough for board members to claim that legal counsel was consulted and all requirements met. Public records will confirm that Frontier TeleNet meets these requirements.

TRANSPARENCY. Transparency guarantees access to public records, meetings and legal notices. Public officials, elected and un-elected, have an obligation to explain their decisions and actions to the citizens.

Yes, Frontier TeleNet board members and staff discuss business in public sessions and we can attend meetings and read the minutes, though most of us are at work when they meet. Public interest, participation and confidence in Frontier TeleNet are better encouraged by timely information in print and online.

Requested copies of Frontier TeleNet meeting minutes, 2015-current, and financial reports were forthcoming and appreciated; not so for specific legal notices, agreements and contracts requested on October 20. Frontier TeleNet does not appear to maintain an office.

In spite of Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties’ Intergovernmental Agreement Creating Frontier TeleNet to establish telecommunications capabilities for emergency 9-1-1, public health and safety, educational institutions and economic development, we note the absence of a website!