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!