Sherman County eNews #297


  1. Sherman County Huskies vs. North Douglas Warriors Venue Change, Nov. 12

  2. The Dalles Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11

  3. Sherman County Election Results 

  4. State-wide Election Results

  5. Flea Market at the Civic Auditorium, Nov. 13

  6. Oregon State Parks launches holiday gifts online

  7. Editorial. Connecting the dots #2

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

1. Sherman County Huskies vs. North Douglas Warriors Venue Change, Nov. 12

sport-football-whistleVENUE CHANGE

OSAA 1A Football State Championships
Round 2 – Semi-Finals
Sherman County Huskies vs North Douglas Warriors
Saturday, November 12th at 1:00 p.m.
Game moved to Sutherlin High School.

Come cheer on our local football boys to victory!

OSAA Ticket Prices:
Adult – $6 Student – $4
Children under the age of 5 – Free
Only passes accepted:
–OSAA Gold Card, OSAA VIP Pass, OSAA Media Pass
–OSAA Football Media Pass, OSAA Football Discount Ticket
NO school, athletic district, officials association, etc., passes are accepted.

Bill Blevins, Principal

Sherman County School  541-565-3500 

2. The Dalles Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11 

Flags StarsWhat: The Dalles Veterans Day Parade
10:30 a.m., Friday, November 11
Where: Old Armory, 713 Webber Street, The Dalles


3. Sherman County Election Results 

Sherman County 82.94%

1,031 ballots cast

1,243 eligible voters

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.

4. State-wide Election Results 

Oregon.Flat.poleState-wide Voter Turnout 75.82%



5. Flea Market at the Civic Auditorium, Nov. 13

Flea Market

Civic Auditorium

The Dalles

Sunday, November 13


Event is free to the public!

6. Oregon State Parks launches holiday gifts online

Impossible holiday shopping list? Looking to avoid the crowds at the mall? If so, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites you to check out its new line of gift gear, designed to add style and function to any outdoor adventure. Check out or go to, and click on “shop” at the top.

But shoppers need to act quickly. Merchandise is on sale now, and supplies are limited. Purchases can be made only through the Oregon State Parks’ store, or by calling 1-800-551-6949. Free shipping is included with all items.

“We are excited to announce our first line of products featuring the state park shield,” said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. “The shield represents all state parks, and it’s a symbol that Oregonians take pride in. It’s one of the most recognized and happiest symbols in Oregon.”

An interesting, even eclectic, selection of gift gear awaits shoppers. Browse for essentials like baseball caps, water bottles, portable coolers, a pocket knife, a picnic blanket and even a set of telescoping skewers for toasting marshmallows. Stocking stuffer items include a collapsible solar lantern, a portable pet food bowl, reusable eating utensils and a full color Oregon State Park shield key chain that doubles as a dog tag.

For the kids, the state park mascot J.R. Beaver is featured on several items: a hat, a lightweight stainless steel water bottle, a colorful cinch sack and a special polar fleece hoodie that is too cute to be believed.

Feel a need to fling something? OPRD has created a signature set of three discs that show the location of OPRD’s nine courses throughout the state. The discs come with a special carrying satchel that holds up to six discs and a water bottle.

The Gift Gear campaign will rotate new items onto the website as they become available.  “This is an experiment,” Sumption said. “We want to get a feel for what our visitors like, and what kind of demand exists for parks-branded items.”

7. Editorial. Connecting the dots #2

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

FIBER OWNERSHIP. Sherman County’s fiber ownership, as shown in the records, has been inconsistent. It now appears that there is a long-term lease or ownership of Sherman County fiber in which Windwave was paid for installation and will have total use and maintain and pay taxes on it.

The answer is in the October 13 minutes of the Sherman County Court, “Sherman County provided the funds to Frontier TeleNet to facilitate the fiber project. Frontier TeleNet negotiated with Windwave that Windwave could claim ownership of the line if it provided a certain amount of data and bandwidth and maintained the line. The county owns capacity but not the fiber itself… Sherman County provided the opportunity for a private company to own and maintain the fiber.”

Because we’re interested in private economic development, we took a look at Windwave. Windwave Communications is an assumed business name registered by Windwave Technologies, Inc., a domestic business corporation. Windwave is not in the Secretary of State’s database of active non-profit corporations. Inland Development is in the database of active non-profit corporations and was the registrant of Windwave Technologies, Inc. (a for profit corporation). Windwave Communications, Windwave Technologies, and Inland Development all list the same address for their principal place of business: 162 N Main, Heppner.

Continued from the October 13 Sherman County Court minutes, “Windwave, a private company out of Morrow County is installing it. Sheriff Lohrey asked if Windwave put any of their own money into the project. The County saved money over the last few years and then put out a bid for the project. Windwave had to invest in fiber installed outside the county to get to where Sherman County could hook into it. Windwave had already invested in fiber to get to the Portland area. This is what saved the county so much money… Commissioner McCoy replied Windwave is a private company. Commissioner Smith explained Sherman County is not a public utility, but Frontier TeleNet is, so Sherman County gave the task of installing fiber in Sherman County to Frontier TeleNet. Windwave is a private entity and used their non-profit company to do the fiber project…”  [When] asked if Inland Development Corporation owned Windwave. Commissioner Smith replied they do, but they have a non-profit section to work with to complete government projects… Inland is a non-profit company… [on whether] Port of Morrow or Morrow County owned Inland, but the Court did not know…  Regarding Windwave, “… it was advertised as a sole-source award in The Times-Journal, The Dalles Chronicle and The East Oregonian. A sole-source award was chosen because after checking with a number of agencies, the only one that could offer the county dark fiber was Windwave… The advertisement was placed for the required time period and then the job was awarded to Windwave… No other company would give the county dark fiber or meet the price to keep costs down.“

A Memorandum of Agreement, dated January 20, 2016, by and between Sherman County, Oregon (County) and Frontier TeleNet (Frontier), an ORS Chapter 190 intergovernmental entity, offers these recitals: County helped form Frontier and has been a member since its formation; Frontier has authority granted from the Oregon PUC to operate Intrastate Private Line fiber-optic cable communication transport; Frontier has entered into a Memorandum of Terms for a proposed transportation with Inland Development Corporation, an Oregon nonprofit corporation (Inland); the terms of the transaction, described as Segment A (Erskine to Wasco) and Segment B (Wasco to Arlington) are set forth in Memorandum of Terms attached as Exhibit A (not shown here) … Frontier will provide County with wholesale intrastate private line transport agreement which will include service level and operation and maintenance standards; dark fiber-optic cable license, operations, and maintenance agreement; escrow disbursement agreement, and the term for 20 years, plus the right to a renewal tem for the economic useful life of the fiber-optic cable and the right to request Frontier to negotiate in good faith with Inland for maintaining continuity of service by replacing fiber-optic cable. County agrees to escrow the total amount of $1,486,599 to Frontier to be disbursed as provided in the definitive agreement. /s/ Gary Thompson, Mike Smith and Tom McCoy for Sherman County and Gary Thompson, Steve Shaffer, Patrick Perry and Robert Waltenburg for Frontier TeleNet.

No legal notices, Requests for Proposals (RFP) or Requests for Qualifications (RFQ), or other agreements or contracts for Windwave or Inland Development Corporation have been found. 

USE OF THE FIBER. Use of the fiber has been less clear. Public records indicate that it is built so that any Internet Service Provider (ISP) could use it, and that Frontier TeleNet makes the final decision of who can use or purchase rights of the fiber in the Sherman County line and would sell bandwidth to any ISP or other entity not otherwise in competition with Frontier TeleNet. At a July 28 meeting the Sherman Fiber Project was described, how it works for private business and the fact that public comes first. Frontier TeleNet is a wholesaler of bandwidth and an individual ISP must purchase for retail. On September 28, Judge Shaffer asked that the following be read into the minutes: “The goal of Frontier TeleNet is to utilize the system to provide broadband to each area. From there a local internet provider (ISP) would provide service to individual customers.”

On October 13, Sherman County commissioners noted that it is an open system. In response, a representative of Lightspeed Networks stated that his company had been denied access.

Perhaps a more accurate term for open system is that it offers non-discriminatory access in which no preference is given to any user or group of users. Stay tuned.

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

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