Sherman County eNews #348


  1. Sherman County Commissioner Dabulskis Sworn-in

  2. American Red Cross: Install or Check Smoke Alarms

  3. Grant Applications for Local Government Parks & Recreation Projects

  4. Oregon Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) Directory

  5. Marketplace at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles, Jan. 8

  6. Columbia River Gorge Bridal Show, Feb. 18

  7. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monthly Report

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

1. Sherman County Commissioner Dabulskis Sworn-in


L-R: County Clerk Jenine McDermid, County Judge Gary Thompson, Commissioner Joe Dabulskis and Sheriff Brad Lohrey, December 29, 2016, Sherman County Courthouse. ~ Photo contributed by Mike McArthur.

2. American Red Cross: Install or Check Smoke Alarms

fire2PORTLAND, Ore., December 30, 2016 — More lives are lost every year to home fire than to all other major disasters like floods, earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes.

Every day:
* Seven people in the U.S. die as a result of home fires.
* 36 people suffer injuries from home fires.
* The local American Red Cross helps an average of three families affected by disasters like home fires in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Resolve to take action and prevent fire-related tragedies. Homes with working smoke alarms reduce the risk of death and injury by home fire by 50%.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or find us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.

3. Grant Applications for Local Government Parks & Recreation Projects

Salem OR — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announces the opening of the 2017 Local Government Grant Program (LGGP) grant cycle for funding public parks and recreation projects.

Large, small and planning grants are available for cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, park and recreation districts, and port districts looking to fund the following types of projects: planning, development, rehabilitation, acquisition, and acquisition and development.

To help applicants navigate the process, OPRD will host a webinar workshop Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon and a live workshop in Salem Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration for workshops is required. To register and receive workshop notification, send contact information to Mark Cowan at

The Local Government Grant Program is designed to help local government agencies acquire property for park purposes and fund outdoor park and recreation areas and facilities. The grants are funded from voter-approved lottery money.

The LGGP awards more than $4 million annually to Oregon communities for outdoor recreation projects and has awarded nearly $50 million in grants since 1999.
Applications, a grant manual, application deadlines and other information are online at

4. Oregon Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP, 9-1-1) Directory

emergencydial911In December 2003, the FCC began collecting data to build a registry of public safety answering points (PSAPs). A primary PSAP is defined as a PSAP to which 9-1-1 calls are routed directly from the 9-1-1 Control Office, such as, a selective router or 9-1-1 tandem.

A PSAP is a call center responsible for answering calls to an emergency telephone number for police, firefighting, and ambulance services. Trained telephone operators are also usually responsible for dispatching these emergency services.

Oregon’s PSAP Directory – by County:

5. Marketplace at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles, Jan. 8

January 8th from 11-4 the Civic is hosting the first Marketplace of 2017! This free, family-friendly event is a showcase for local crafters. Items include clothing, wood crafts, locally made jewelry, crocheted hats and local honey. Plan to come check it out!

6. Columbia River Gorge Bridal Show, Feb. 18

weddingringsFebruary 18th the Columbia River Gorge Bridal Show returns to the Civic! Co-hosted with The Dalles Wedding Place, we’ll have over 25 exhibitors and 60 gowns. Admission will be $5.00. Hours are 11-4. Come get connected with local vendors to make sure your big day is perfect!

 7. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monthly Report 

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a monthly report on state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) data represents state Medicaid and CHIP agencies’ eligibility activity for the calendar month of October 2016. This report measures eligibility and enrollment activity for the entire Medicaid and CHIP programs in all states , reflecting activity for all populations receiving comprehensive Medicaid and CHIP benefits in all states, including states that have not yet chosen to adopt the new low-income adult group established by the Affordable Care Act.

Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP has grown by nearly 17 million individuals, comparing October 2016 to July-September 2013 (the period before the start of the first Marketplace open enrollment period in October 2013). Among the 51 states (including the District of Columbia) that reported enrollment data for September and October 2016, enrollment increased by 45,279 from September to October 2016.

Also, for the first time, the report includes separate Medicaid-only and CHIP-only enrollment figures in addition to the combined Medicaid and CHIP number.  Among the 51 states reporting October 2016 Medicaid and CHIP enrollment data, 68,858,877 individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and 5,511,011 individuals were enrolled in CHIP.

Among the 48 states reporting both total Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and child enrollment data for the current period, total enrollment is comprised of:

  • 51% Medicaid child and CHIP enrollment
  • 49% Medicaid adult enrollment  

The full report is available on at 

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

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Best uses (default) uses of Function Keys in Windows

If You’re a Fan of Space, 2017 Will be the Year for You!

Is Boring, Oregon Boring? 

Climate change expert sentenced to 32 months for fraud, says lying was a ‘rush’ 

They Piled Logs to Create Beautiful Works of Art

Reflections on the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot


Sherman County eNews #347


  1. Crab & Oyster Feed, Jan. 14
  2. Winter Wonderland Bingo, Dec. 30
  3. Gordon Durward Helyer 1937-2016
  4. Oregon Capital Insider, Capital Chatter: Subscribe
  5. Land Use Goal 5 Amendment Process Update
  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Crab & Oyster Feed, Jan. 14


Morrow County Grain Growers &

Sherman County Athletic Foundation

proudly present

Crab & Oyster Feed

Saturday, January 14 from 3:30-8 p.m.

Morrow County Grain Growers Wasco Location 

Mid-Columbia Bus Co. shuttle from Wasco School

Tickets are available at

Morrow County Grain Growers, Wasco

The Lean-To Café, Wasco

Huskey’s 97 Market, Moro

Wheatland Insurance, Condon

Maupin Hardware, Maupin

Dinty’s Market West, The Dalles

MCP Goldendale Farm & Home, Goldendale.

2. Winter Wonderland Bingo, Dec. 30

Winter Wonderland Bingo

Friday, December 30 at 7 p.m.

Ten rounds of Bingo with the last round being played for store credit. Hope to see you here! It will be ‘snow’ much fun. Everyone, have a fun and safe New Year. ~ Megan Jensen, Second Hand Made, Wasco 

3. Gordon Durward Helyer 1937-2016

flower.rose.starBedford, Texas — Gordon D. Helyer, 79, died Monday, December 26, 2016 at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital of natural causes.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, Patricia (Goodwin) Helyer; his daughter, Melissa Helyer Waschka and her husband, John Waschka; and two granddaughters, Kaitlin and Jamie Waschka.

Born February 6, 1937 in Bend, OR, the son of Durward Wilson Helyer and Eudora Long Helyer, he is pre-deceased by two brothers, Michael and Wilbur, and leaves two sisters, Beverly and Judith and one brother, Leroy.

He grew up in Sherman County Oregon and enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 in 1955. He met Patricia Goodwin while serving at Millington Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tennessee, and they married six months later, on November 27, 1957. He attended Vanderbilt University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Math and Physics. He completed Officer Candidate School and served aboard both diesel and nuclear submarines, retiring after 21 years as a Lieutenant Commander and Executive Officer of the USSBN John C. Calhoun.

Following retirement, he taught Nuclear Engineering at the University of Memphis where he then completed his Masters of Computer Science. He also taught at Tennessee State Technical Institute before establishing his own business in computer consulting in Memphis, Tennessee.

He and his wife moved to Bedford, Texas, following the birth of their first granddaughter, Kaitlin, in 1997. While in Bedford he was very active in teaching computers at the Senior Center and the local libraries. His second granddaughter, Jamie, was born in 2000 and he was devoted to both.

A funeral service will be held at a date to be announced at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a reception following at Brookfield Eden Estates, in Bedford, Texas. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice.

[Editorial note: Gordon “Butch” Helyer graduated from 8th grade in a ceremony for Grass Valley, Kent and Moro at the Grass Valley School in May, 1951. Grass Valley graduates were Keith Barnett, Barbara Blaylock, Mary Brady, Elaine Brinkert, George Kelley, Gary Schilling and Larry Smith. Kent graduates were Gertrude Buether, Norman Davis, Arthur Decker, Gordon Helyer and Frank McKay. Moro graduates were Ron Benson, Harold Brown, Carol Burnet, Harold Duncan, Joan Eakin, Elmira Edwards, Doris Holdaway, Joy Lane, Dean Martin, Don Miller, Frank Scherrer, Margaret Scherrer, Eloise Snow and Sherry Woods.]

4. Oregon Capital Insider, Capital Chatter: Subscribe

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Capital Insider was launched in February 2015 to provide a convenient source of specialized news for individuals and businesses that require a deeper understanding of the trends, issues and personalities in state government.

Two family-owned newspaper companies created Oregon Capital Insider to counter a disturbing decline in independent news coverage of state government. Pamplin Media Group and EO Media Group combined their resources to form a team of experienced journalists in Salem.

The goal: To produce regular watchdog coverage of state government and provide timely intelligence and in-depth reporting to subscribers.


This new venture comes at a time when the ranks of news reporters assigned to state capitals have declined significantly. A Pew Research study found that the number of newspaper reporters assigned full time to state capitols nationwide had declined 35 percent in the past 11 years. The ranks of capitol reporters are even thinner in Oregon, which, according to Pew, has one of the smallest statehouse reporting contingents when compared with the state’s population.

Oregon Capital Insider bureau brings together two companies with a wide geographic footprint in Oregon. Pamplin Media Group owns 25 twice-weekly, weekly and monthly newspapers covering Portland and its suburbs, as well as communities in the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon. EO Media Group includes 9 daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly publications serving communities in Eastern Oregon and the Oregon Coast. It also owns the Capital Press, which covers agricultural issues in the Northwest, and the Chinook Observer on the southern Washington coast.

Through their printed and online publications, the two companies reach about 1.5 million Oregonians each week — a number equivalent to roughly half of the state’s adult population.

“While statehouse news coverage is diminishing in Oregon and across the nation, our media groups have chosen to invest in increased scrutiny of state government,” said Steve Forrester, president of the EO Media Group.

Mark Garber, president of the newspaper division for Pamplin Media Group, added: “The Pamplin Media Group and EO Media Group are quite different in many respects, including the markets they serve, but they have several strengths in common. Both companies are owned by long-time Oregonians who care very deeply about this state. That’s why they are willing to invest in better coverage of state government even while other news organizations are cutting back. Both companies also have a strong tradition of balanced and responsible journalism.”

Adam Davis, founder of DHM Research in Portland, says his firm’s research over a period of many years has shown that Oregon residents want and need more information about how state government operates.

Said Davis: “Oregon Capital Insider represents an opportunity to start turning the tide of this negativity and low awareness with more coverage of the legislative, administrative, and judicial branches of our state government. This is so important considering Oregon is at a crossroads in so many ways and needs all three sectors of our economy — private, non-profit and public — working together with good information.”


5. Land Use Goal 5 Rule Amendment Process Update


The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) organized a citizen Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) to consider revisions to the Goal 5 Rule “Natural Resources, Scenic and Historic Areas, and Open Spaces,” as it pertains to historic resources. The rule revision was requested by the Governor’s office due to discrepancies between jurisdictions in how the Goal 5 Rule is applied and potential conflicts between the federal National Register of Historic Places and local land use processes, among other items. The RAC was authorized by a unanimous vote of the present members of the Land Conservation and Development Commission at their July 22nd meeting in Boardman, OR.

The Historic Resources Rulemaking Advisory Committee completed its recommendation to the Land Conservation and Development Commission regarding proposed amendments to the administrative rule implementing Statewide Planning Goal 5 for historic resources.

The advisory committee recommendation is available here<>.  The file includes a mark-up of the existing rule showing the proposed additions and deletions (pages 1-6) and a clean version showing just the proposed amendments (pages 7-11).

Instructions on how to comment on the proposed amendment to the Land Conservation and Development Commission follow:

The Land Conservation and Development Commission will conduct a hearing on draft amendments to the historic resources rule at its January 25-27, 2017 meeting in St. Helens, Oregon.  The meeting agenda is not complete so the time for the hearing on the Goal 5 rule is not known at this time.  It is expected to be on Friday, January 27.  When the agenda is issued, it will be available here<> and a link will be posted on this page.

A staff report to the commission will be distributed approximately two weeks before the hearing.  The report will also be available here<>.

The commission will accept oral and written testimony.  Persons who wish to testify are requested to follow these guidelines:

*   Complete a Testimony Sign Up Form, provided at the meeting handout table

*   Provide written testimony in advance to<> and<> (January 17 is the deadline to submit advance testimony if you wish to have the commission review it prior to the meeting).  If you are unable to supply materials in advance, please bring 20 copies to the meeting for distribution to the commission, staff and members of the public (January 17 is the deadline to submit advance testimony if you wish to have the commission review it prior to the meeting).  If you are unable to supply materials in advance, please bring 20 copies to the meeting for distribution to the commission, staff and members of the public

*   Recognize that substance, not length, determines the value of testimony

*   Endorse, rather than repeat, testimony of other witnesses with whom you agree

The commission has added the option of testifying by videoconference when the commission is holding a traveling meeting.  The videoconferencing will be available at the department’s office in Salem: Basement Hearing Room, 635 Capitol Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301.  Please note that the quality of video technology is not guaranteed.  In addition, written testimony will only be provided electronically.  Therefore, if your testimony is critical, please plan to attend the meeting in person.

Those testifying by videoconference are asked to follow the above guidelines for public testimony.

Please direct to Rob Hallyburton, Community Services Division Manager at<> or at Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development, 635 Capitol Street NE, Suite 150, Salem, OR 97301-2540.

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

Write.tabletGov. Brown shouldn’t oversee the public records advocate (Opinion) 

Opinion. East Oregonian: Many rural Americans seek less attention from Washington, D.C.

Return of The Glass Onion in Goldendale 

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Strategic Forecasting, Inc.— “Stratfor” – Strategic intelligence on global business, economic, security and geopolitical affairs.

Why I Don’t Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either 

Fake Academe, Looking Much Like the Real Thing 

Peabody Energy and Native Americans in Dispute Over Mining in Arizona

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Sherman County eNews #345


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1.Classifieds (new or corrected)


Sherman County eNews publishes free classified ads on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 10/18), contact information; under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Share your Joyful News and Thank You, Commendation and Congratulatory notes. ~ The Editor


applause1THANK YOU! Second Hand Made would like to thank the community for all of its support. We were amazed by the amount of Christmas shopping that was done locally. You made our first holiday season a big success. We have one last event this year, Winter Wonderland Bingo on Friday at 7 p.m. There will be 10 rounds of Bingo with the last round being played for store credit. Hope to see you here! It will be ‘snow’ much fun. Everyone, have a fun and safe New Year. ~ Megan Jensen, Second Hand Made, Wasco

CONGRATULATIONS, WOOLERY PROJECT! Hard work, determination, persistence and, now, non-profit status! ~ The Editor

THANK YOU, MR. BARTELS! A BIG thank you to Mr. Bartels for all the hard work you did preparing our children for the Winter Music Program. Your work does not go unnoticed. The children shined so in turn you SHINE! ~ Sue Mabe

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson

THANK YOU to Larry and Sherry Kaseberg for the oranges they purchased from the Lions. Also to Edwardo Rubio for the apples he got for the lunch program. The fresh fruit is great for the kids and it tastes wonderful. The donations to our Lunch Program at Sherman School are a real boost to the health of our kids. We appreciate all the families and businesses that donate to our program and school. ~ Sincerely, Ree Ella von Borstel : Food Service Manager for Sherman School District

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick

THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS! How would we get by without them?  Hope we don’t have to find out! Our volunteer helpers who get us through the high water, deep snow, or whatever are deserving of so much thanks!! Here in Moro we thank the fellows who blade our streets and sidewalks so we can safely drive and get about. There is so much more done for us than just that. Thanks to each and everyone who is doing good for people such as we. ~ Myrna Melzer and Nell Melzer

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

THANK YOU, TIMES-JOURNAL You’re keeping us informed with Sherman County athletics this week! Frontier TeleNet and Moro City Council made the news, as well!  ~ Larry and Sherry Kaseberg

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

MERRY CHRISTMAS, eNEWS READERS! We wish you happiness, health and courage for the present, hope for the future, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! ~ The Editor


A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye,
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest

JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries



People give to non-profit organizations because they:

     –are asked (the #1 reason!)

–believe in the cause

–experience peer pressure or guilt

–believe it’s good for their business

–want to give back for services received

–feel good about it

–receive status & ego

–receive a tax deduction

–want to build community

–like to have fun at fundraising events

–want to change the world

–want to make a difference.

BOOK SALE. Wasco City Community Library’s continuing sale in the Wasco Annex (old grade school). $5.00 per bag for used books or 25 cents to $1.00 per book. NEW books, CDs and DVD…$3.00 each. Used movies and  audio books….25 cents. FREE magazines and other free items. Monday, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or when the building is open. Questions? Call Danee Rankin  541-442-5834. 12/30

BASKETBALL GAME CONCESSIONS. There is an opening for a group to sell concessions at a Sherman High School basketball game on Friday, January 27. Games with Ione begin at 4:00. Interested groups may contact Ree Ella at 541-565-3500 or  1/20

DECORATE THE MITTEN TREE. Bring your donations of gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library located in Moro. Community, school staff and students are encouraged to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies which serve Sherman County. 12/30


KITCHEN ASSISTANT, SENIOR CENTER. Kitchen Assistant at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Permanent, part-time position, 10hr/week, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Primary responsibilities include assisting Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator in preparing and serving group meals and preparing home-delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels Program. For application and complete job description, contact the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at 541-565-3191or at PO Box 352, Moro, OR 97039.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017.  Successful applicant must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check.  Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 1/27
USDA FSA PROGRAM TECHNICIAN. “The U.S. Dept of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Program Technician in the Moro, OR office. This position is responsible for carrying out office activities and functions pertaining to FSA-administered programs, including ARC-PLC, Conservation and Program Eligibility. Knowledge of GIS mapping, computer use, and local agricultural practices are important. Excellent customer service skills are essential. Starting pay is $28,886 to $52,043/year (CO-1101-04 to 07), depending on experience and education. This position is a 180-day temporary, full-time appointment with option to convert to a permanent full-time appointment. Medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits are offered under permanent appointments. Detailed information on how to apply can be found on line at Search using the key word OR-2017-0010, and/or the location, Moro, OR. Complete applications must be submitted online at, and will be accepted until Friday, December 30, 2016, 11:59 pm EDT. If applying online poses a hardship, contact 509-323-3010 during core business hours (8:00am to 4:00 pm PDT) prior to the closing date. Complete applications must include ALL required documents, and must be received by the closing date in order to be considered. Please contact Roseanna Breeding, FSA, Sherman County Executive Director, at 541-565-3551 ext. 2, M-F 8am-4:30pm, or email, with questions regarding the application process and/or the position. “FSA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.” 12/30

ROAD MAINTENANCE. Sherman County Road Department is accepting applications for a Maintenance Worker. Applicant must possess a Class A CDL or have the ability to obtain one within six months of hire. The person will perform a variety of manual and skilled tasks involving heavy lifting; operating heavy and specialized equipment in the general construction and maintenance of county roads, bridges and related facilities. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are available on Sherman County’s website: and the Sherman County Road Department (phone: 541-565-3271 or 541-565-3623) in Moro, Oregon. All road department personnel are subject to random drug testing and before hiring, applicants will have to pass a drug test. The final day to accept applications will be January 12, 2017. 1/13

BASKETBALL REFEREES. Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association is seeking people interested in serving their community by becoming a basketball referee. “Get back into the game you love, get some exercise, meet new people and earn some money,” entices Chris Kaseberg, Mid-Columbia Basketball Officials Association commissioner. The average age of officials currently in the association is 46 years, and the association is looking for “the next generation” of officials. Anyone interested in becoming a basketball official for local games may contact Chris Kaseberg by calling 541-980-9449, or go on-line, 12/30

TEMPORARY TEACHER. Sherman County School District is seeking a Certified Temporary Teacher:

Position: 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 wowens@sherman.k12.or.us0/0

JOBS. The Times-Journal Classifieds

COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE, STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!   12/30

sign.forsaleFOR SALE:

BOOK SALE. Wasco City Community Library’s continuing sale in the Wasco Annex (old grade school). $5.00 per bag for used books or 25 cents to $1.00 per book. NEW books, CDs and DVDs $3.00 each. Used movies and  audio books 25 cents. FREE magazines and other free items. Monday, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 6pm or when the building is open. Questions? Call Danee Rankin 541-442-5834. 12/30

GORGE OUTFITTERS SUPPLY :: Just Listed :: $75,000; 102 East 1st Street, Rufus Oregon. MLS # 16657334. 1800 Sq Ft Commercial Building / Premium location / Continual Growth. The area’s only full season recreation retail sporting goods store. Great income, awesome location, well known in the entire area as a destination location for recreation supplies for the world class fishing that abounds. Strategically located on the mighty Columbia, on I-84 at exit 109, and in between the mouths of the Deschutes and John Day rivers. Sales have increased every year since established in 2011. New POS for tracking inventory and sales. Services include: Kayak rentals, ODFW licensing agent and FFL dealer. ATM machine generates $150-$300 month on average. An additional portion of the building could be opened for additional retail square footage potentially for Kite Boarding and Wind Surfing supplies. This is a first class establishment. Signage has been created by the PNW best sign company and constructed of high quality material. This is a turn key operation with plenty of great vendor support. Purchase price includes the following: (business only)
* All retail inventory (valued at our cost of 50K)
– actual purchase price will reflect current inventory value at time of closing adjusted up or down
* All retail furnishings, gondolas, freezers, refrigerators, coolers, shelving, safes, ATM
* Included in the sale is the name Gorge Outfitters Supply, all the marketing media, signage, intellect,
Facebook platform and current relationships with vendors and customers.
Priced aggressively for cash sale
Building can be rented at $850 month or purchased with terms for $115,000
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140
Licensed Oregon Principal Broker for Cheri Belander Real Estate  3/3/17 

1013 Clark St, Wasco Oregon
MLS# 16360875
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140.

670 +SQ FT Commercial Building
4800 SQ FT Lot
Rare Commercial building for sale in Wasco. Two individual office units with separate entries. New paint and flooring. Clean sharp building. Unlimited possibilities abound for this commercial property with fantastic street appeal.  12/23

DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. 0/0 

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, support & training]

ShermanCoLogoSHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. To add or update your business listing, please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez See businesses organized by town at 0/0



PRINTER. FREE (AS IS) Epson XP-310 Color Inkjet Printer Plus 27 Extra 200XL Ink Cartridges. My Epson printer has served me well for over a year. I have a big stock of ink cartridges on hand, too. Extra Ink: Magenta (5), Cyan (4), Yellow (6), Black (12). It recently started giving me an error that it was offline and I can’t figure out what is wrong with it. Rather than put any money into this printer, I’ve decided to upgrade to one of the new printers with the monthly ink subscription (as opposed to ordering your own ink as you need it). Anyone with a little technical expertise can probably figure out why it’s getting the error, and you’ll have a great little printer (it makes beautiful color prints). And the extra ink is included. Call Julie at 541-993-4860 and leave message. 12/30



PLANNING COMMISSION BOARD VACANCY. The Sherman County Court is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission Board. The term of this appointment will run through December of 2019. The role of the Planning Commission is to develop, maintain, and implement the comprehensive plan, to protect the integrity of the county’s planning process, and to foster the county’s long term interests. The candidate must be able to attend   monthly meetings as needed and make impartial decisions on land use issues that come before the board. This is a volunteer position. If interested, please stop by the Planning Department, located at the Steve Burnet Extension & Research Building, 66365 Lonerock Rd., Moro, Oregon, to pick up an application or call Georgia Macnab at 541-565-3601 for more information. Sherman County requires background checks for all county board positions. 12/30




2. Calendar (new or corrected)


31 Memorial Service for Bill Tatum 11 Grass Valley Baptist Church

31 New Year’s Eve



3 City of Moro Council Meeting 7 City Hall

4 Sherman County Court 9

4 Gilliam County Court 10

4 Wheeler County Court 10

6 Free Youth Mental Health/Substance Use First Aid Course,

                  South Gilliam County Emergency Services Building

10 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors 11-2 The Dalles

10 Sherman County Public/School Library Board Meeting 6:30 Library

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30

14 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

14 Crab & Oyster Feed, Sherman Athletic Foundation Benefit 3:30-8 MCGG Wasco


17 Sherman Broadband Coordinating Meeting 1-3 Mid-Columbia Economic Development

23 Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

23-26 National Association of Counties Conference, Washington, D.C.

25 Tri-County Courts 10-3 Wheeler County

28 20th Annual Robert Burns Supper 2-5 Condon Elks Lodge

30 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12, Workshop 12:30 Rufus 


1  No Sherman County Court Session


7 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

8 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee 12:30



16 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Regional Economic Development 9                         Hood River County



25 Happy Birthday, Sherman County! February 25, 1889


Sherman County eNews #344


  1. Oregon Cultural Donations & Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit Deadline

  2. Fundraising Basics

  3. Local Government & Legal Notices

  4. L-E-A-D-E-R-SH-I-P

  5. Teamwork

  6. New safety rules coming to construction industry in 2017

1. Oregon Cultural Donations & Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit Deadline

dollar.bills2The tax year ends in less than 60 hours. Have you claimed your cultural tax credit yet?

Now’s the time to add up your 2016 cultural donations and match them with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust…

You can also call 503.986.0088 to make a donation by phone between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday,  Dec. 31.*

Come tax time, you will be eligible for a state tax credit in the amount of your donation to the Cultural Trust. That’s right, you double the impact of your cultural donations for free!

Your donation to the Cultural Trust will be used to fund Oregon culture statewide, all 98,000 square miles of it. You’re helping to protect our unique quality of life!

Click here – to see if your favorite organization is one of our 1,400+ cultural nonprofits. [Camp Sherman Historical Society; Sherman County Historical Society]

No other state has this incredible benefit for funding culture.

Lucky Oregonians!

P.S.: Individuals are eligible for a tax credit of up to $500, couples filing jointly can claim up to  $1,000 and Class C corporations are eligible for up to $2,500.

2. Fundraising Basics

dollars.coins~ Grassroots Fundraising

  1. Were you recruited to the fundraising committee of your board?
  2. Were you recruited to the board without being told fundraising was your responsibility?
  3. Did you recently add fundraising tasks to your other work?
  4. Do you have a great idea to improve your community but need money to do it?
  5. Do you find that you know less about fundraising than you wish? 

Here are the three most important things to know about fundraising right up front:

  1. People give when they are asked, and rarely give when they are not. Even when people are asked, they don’t always give. So, you need to ask for more gifts than the number you need to bring in, and you need to be comfortable with people saying “No.”
  2. Donors are not ATMs. You need to thank them and keep them posted on what your organization is doing with their money if you want them to give more than once.
  3. You can’t raise all the money your group needs by yourself. Spend some time building a team of people to help you.

If you don’t have time to thank donors, you don’t have time to have donors.

3. Local Government & Legal Notices


193.020 Newspaper in which public notice may be published. (1) Any public notice of any description, the publication of which is now or hereafter required by law, shall be published in any newspaper, as defined in ORS 193.010, which is published within the county, city of which any part lies within that county, city, district or other jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given.

(2) If publication in only one newspaper is required by law, and if more than one newspaper fulfills the requirements of subsection (1) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper which the moving party considers best suited to give actual notice. However, nothing in this subsection prohibits the publication in more than one newspaper if desired by the moving party.

(3) If no newspaper is published within the county, city, district or jurisdiction where the action, suit or other proceeding is pending, or is to be commenced or had, or in which the legal publication is required to be given, public notice shall be published in:

(a) The newspaper published nearest to such county, city, district or jurisdiction; or

(b) Any publication that is published in such county, city, district or jurisdiction and that satisfies all the requirements for being a newspaper except that it is published less than once a week but not less than once a month.

(4) If more than one newspaper or publication fulfills the requirements of subsection (3) of this section, the public notice shall be published in that newspaper or publication which the moving party considers most effective for providing actual notice. [Amended by 1963 c.432 §1; 1979 c.760 §2; 1983 c.831 §1]

 4. L-E-A-D-E-R-SH-I-P

L Leave a legacy you are proud of, an accurate measure of your contribution to the team.

E Examine your leadership skills regularly. Keep your pride in perspective.

A Accept the responsibilities that go with your position. They are the reason you are there.

D Dive into the issues you encounter with zeal and commit yourself to resolving them.

E Entertain creativity. Keep an open mind to fresh ideas and new ways to alter the status quo.

R Reach out to your team with compassion and humanity.

S Serve the needs of others, and show a healthy respect for the privilege of leadership.

H Hindsight is 20/20. Learn the lessons of the past, apply them today, and carry them forward into the future.

I Instill performance and accountability as fundamental values in your organization.

P Prepare your team for increased responsibility. Everyone will benefit exponentially.

~Ronnie Mills, Atmel Corporation, Colorado

5. Teamwork

teamworkManyHandsThe principles of teamwork clarify our expectations for ourselves and our teammates or colleagues. An integral part of our daily lives, these principles lead to positive, productive performance… extraordinary success.

  • Everyone on the team is responsible for our success or failure. We!
  • Our communication must be open, honest, respectful, active and helpful.
  • Everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt.
  • Our team commitment is to actively seek solutions to issues and problems.
  • It is our responsibility to understand our individual, team and organizational responsibilities and expectations, and to do the best job possible.
  • We assume responsibility for our individual performance.
  • We assume responsibility for collaboration, communication and understanding.

~ unattributed. 

6. New safety rules coming to construction industry in 2017 

toolbox4(Salem) — In 2017, employers who do construction work in Oregon will see two major changes to rules they must follow to protect their workers from falling and injuring themselves.

The changes are as follows:

* Starting Jan. 1, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division’s (Oregon OSHA) 10-foot trigger height — the minimum height at which workers must be protected from falls — will lower to six feet.
* Starting Oct. 1, slide guards will no longer be allowed as a method of protecting workers from falling off of sloped roofs.

The new requirements mean that construction contractors will need to use some form of fall protection to prevent their employees from falling six feet or more to a lower level. Moreover, construction contractors using slide guards as a primary means of fall protection will need to use a different protection method.

Equipment is available to meet the new standards, including personal fall arrest and fall restraint systems. It is also important for construction contractors to make fall protection an essential part of an overall safety program that keeps workplaces free of hazards.

“We’ve come a long way in Oregon in reducing injuries and deaths from falls, particularly in construction, but we still have a ways to go,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “The new standards further underscore the importance of employers and employees working together to bring all of their safety tools to bear as we enter 2017.”

Falls to a lower level are the leading type of fall in Oregon’s construction industry. From 2013 to 2015, a total of 774 construction workers were injured by falling to a lower level. In 2016, general fall-protection requirements were the most-cited construction-industry rule, with 289 total violations (221 serious and 68 repeat) and initial penalties totaling $603,010.

Nationwide, the construction industry has the greatest number of both fatal and nonfatal traumatic brain injuries among workplaces, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. From 2003 to 2010, 2,210 construction workers died because of a traumatic brain injury.

The six-foot trigger-height requirement is not entirely new for Oregon construction contractors. It has been required for many years for work on established floors, mezzanines, balconies, and walkways that have unprotected sides and edges. Many large commercial construction contractors already require the use of fall protection at six feet.

More likely to be affected by the new requirements are contractors who do construction projects on single-family homes that have a ground-to-eave height between six and 10 feet, and those who do projects where slide guards are used for fall protection.

The rule changes stem from a federal OSHA decision several years ago to begin enforcing its existing fall protection requirements in residential construction. As a result, federal OSHA advised Oregon OSHA that the Oregon rules no longer met the requirement of both state and federal law and that the Oregon rules must be at least as effective as the comparable federal requirements.

In drafting changes to existing rules during the summer of 2015, Oregon OSHA took input from an advisory group of leaders in the commercial and residential construction sectors. Following those meetings, Oregon OSHA formally proposed changes to the rule and accepted public comment at five hearings held throughout the state in January 2016.

Oregon OSHA’s technical staff can answer questions to help employers understand how to apply rules to their workplace:

Phone: 503-378-3272
Toll-free: 800-922-2689

Employers may also contact Oregon OSHA’s no-cost consultation services for help with safety and health programs:

Toll-free: 800-922-2689
Field offices:

To get a fact sheet about the fall-protection rule changes, go to

For more information about fall protection, visit Oregon OSHA’s A-to-Z topic index at


Sherman County eNews #344


  1. City of Moro Council Meeting, Jan. 3
  2. Top Local Weather Events for 2016
  3. Local Red Cross Sees Double Digit Increase in Disaster Responses in 2016
  4. Editorial. Frontier TeleNet: Planning? Process?
  5. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

At the end of life, what really matters

is not what we bought, but what we built;

not what we got, but what we shared;

not our competence, but our character;

and not our success, but our significance.

Live a life that matters.

Live a life of love.

~ unattributed.

1. City of Moro Council Meeting, Jan. 3

City of Moro

Council Meeting

City Hall

7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The agenda includes swearing-in of new officials, selection of council president, consent agenda, visitors, correspondence, citizen comments, landscape project, Downtown Revitalization Program, water/wastewater mapping, 2nd reading of two ordinances, past due accounts, “Elected Essentials” League of Oregon Cities workshop, legal counsel changes, maintenance assistant position and city administrator salary.

2. Top Local Weather Events for 2016

rainumbrellaDennis Hull- KB0NYC, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Pendleton, provides monthly weather reports.

The June 8th supercell which produced a tornado, large hail, and damaging winds was 2016’s top regional weather related event as voted by staff members of the National Weather Service in Pendleton.   The supercell event received an average score of 9.8 on a scale of 1 to 11.

  1. June supercell (9.8)-On June 8, a thunderstorm over southern Wheeler County, Oregon rapidly developed into a supercell with golfball hail, damaging winds to 70 mph, and a brief tornado as it tracked northeast to near Monument and Ukiah.
  1. December snow and cold (8.2)-Widespread heavy snow was followed by arctic air during mid-December.  Snowfall averaged between 5 and 10 inches across the Columbia Basin and eastern mountains, but ranged up to between 15 and 20 inches in central Oregon.  The arctic air following the snow dropped temperatures below zero in many areas.  By the end of December, mountain snowpack had surged to 115 to 130 percent of normal.
  1. Fire outbreak (7.4)-Triple digit temperatures and humidity in the 5 to 10 percent range helped to spread an outbreak of fires at the end of July.  The Weigh Station fire occurred east of Pendleton and shut down I-84.  The Rail Fire near Unity, Oregon burned nearly 42 thousand areas in rugged terrain before being contained in early September.  The Range 12 fire started on the Yakima Training Center and burned for a week on 176 thousand acres of mostly grass and sage on BLM, state, and private lands.
  1. Wet October (6.4)-Rainfall was 1 to 3 inches above normal and ranked in the top 5 wettest Octobers across the region.  It was the wettest October on record in Washington at Bickleton, Prosser, Selah, Mill Creek, and Whitman Mission.  Trout Lake, Wash. at 14.58 inches beat their previous record by 3.62 inches.
  1. TIE. Strong El Nino to weak La Nina (6.4)-One of the strongest El Nino patterns on record last winter was reversed in a matter of months to a weak La Nina by mid-Summer.  
  1. TIE. Launch of GOES R (6.0) -The next generation of weather satellites began with the launch of GOES R on November 19.  GOES R reached geostationary orbit as was re-named GOES 16 at the end of the month.  After sensor deployment, calibration, and checkout, it promises to revolutionize satellite imagery and data collection.  It has 4 times the image resolution and can take an image every minute.  It also has the capability to track thunderstorm lightning.
  1.  Tri-Cities tornado(6.0)-An intense, but short lived thunderstorm brought a brief EF0 tornado in Kennewick on the late evening of May 21.  The thunderstorm also produced hail up to ¾ inch, damaging winds which downed trees, and localized flash flooding. 
  1.  Warm Dry April(4.4)-It was the warmest April on record in Washington at Walla Walla, Ellensburg, Yakima, Cle Elum, Kennewick, Moxee City, and Richland.  In Oregon, it was the warmest April on record at The Dalles, Hermiston,  LaGrande, and Pelton Dam.  Ellensburg beat their previous record warm April by near 5 degrees.  Couple the unseasonable warmth with a drier than normal month and the mountain snowpack virtually disappeared.

9 TIE.  Snowless January and February (4.2)-Many stations in the southern Columbia Basin went through the entire months of January and February without measurable snowfall.   In Washington, this included Dayton, Ice Harbor Dam,  Walla Walla, and Whitman Mission.  In Oregon, a snowless end of winter was observed at Heppner, Hermiston, Madras, Milton-Freewater, Pendleton, and Pilot Rock.  Snowpack in the mountains also suffered decreases.

9 TIE.  Drought Eased-(4.2) Moderate to severe drought was diminished in March, made a comeback in June, and

finally eased to just abnormally dry in December.  The mid December rating was the least drought coverage for the area since November 2013.

  1.  November warmth-(3.4) Indian Summer continued into November across eastern Washington and eastern Oregon.  In Washington, it was the warmest November on record statewide and second warmest on record in Oregon.  Individual stations in Washington which set records for warmest November include Walla Walla, Ellensburg, Pasco, Yakima, Easton, and Moxee City.  In Oregon, record warmth was set at The Dalles, Hermiston, Pendleton, Antelope, Grizzly, La Grande, and Monument.   Precipitation was below normal and mountain snowpack well behind normal.

3. Local Red Cross Sees Double Digit Increase in Disaster Responses in 2016

Red Cross logoPORTLAND, Ore., December 28, 2016 — With three days still remaining in 2016, the local American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington has had an extremely busy year, responding to 74 more disasters this year compared to last year.

Disaster Response:
In 2016, the Red Cross responded to approximately 668 local disasters. That’s a more than 12% increase in disaster responses in one year. We have also helped 2,410 people affected by these disasters, which include home fires, floods and wildfires.

“We responded to an extraordinary number of disasters in 2016,” said Amy Shlossman, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. “When families lost everything in a fire or a flood this past year, the Red Cross was there to help thanks to the generosity of our local community. With the support of our volunteers and donors, we will continue to be there to help people affected by disasters in the years to come.”

Deployments to Relief Operations:
In addition to responding to disasters at home, 177 volunteer responders deployed to 24 disaster relief operations throughout the nation. In 2016, we saw an increase in large scale relief operations due to disasters throughout the U.S. (17 in 2015 compared to 24 in 2016). The local Red Cross more than doubled the number of volunteer responders that deployed to help at national relief operations (67 volunteers deployed in 2015 compared to 177 in 2016).

In 2016, 72 responders deployed multiple times throughout the year to relief operations including floods in Louisiana, floods in Texas, floods in Mississippi, floods in West Virginia, wildfires in California, a hurricane in Florida, floods in Iowa, a hurricane on the Southern East Coast, and wildfires and tornadoes in Tennessee.

Service to the Armed Forces:
The local Red Cross also provided emergency assistance to members of the armed forces and their families 860 times in 2016. We participated in 59 other military service and support events, including 18 reconnection workshops, which help members of the military reconnect with their families following deployment.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of local donors to fulfill its mission.

– A donation of $250 provides a night of emergency shelter and meals for a family of five.
– A donation of $335 helps deploy an emergency response vehicle to provide assistance to a community in need.
– A donation of $500 provides comfort kits which include toiletry and other comfort items for 200 armed service members.
– A donation of $1,650 enables the Red Cross to deploy a volunteer to a relief operation for 11 days — the average length of a disaster deployment.

People can help those who need it most through the Red Cross in four ways:

– Make a financial donation to the Red Cross at
– Schedule an appointment to give blood at
– Send cards to members of the Armed Forces through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program at
– Give the gift of time by becoming a Red Cross volunteer at

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or find us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.

4. Editorial. Frontier TeleNet: Planning? Process?

pencil.sharpWe continue to be disappointed and concerned about transparency and process. We are increasingly concerned about the lack of planning, short-range or long-range, illustrated here by comparing the minutes of a Frontier TeleNet board meeting to the report published by The Times-Journal.

The Frontier TeleNet board of directors met in regular session on December 20. Please keep in mind that these minutes will not be approved until the next meeting, Jan. 25.





“DECEMBER 20, 2016

         “The regular meeting of the Board of Directors for Frontier TeleNet was called to order by Chairman Judge Steve Shaffer at 10:09 AM.  This meeting held in the conference room of the North Central Education Service District, 135 S. Main Street, Condon, Oregon.

         “Directors Present:  Judge Steve Shaffer, Judge Gary Thompson, and Judge N. Lynn Morley.

         “Also Present:  April Stream, Ken Gross, Mac Stinchfield, Les Ruark, Rachel Weinstein, Rob Myers and Jeanne Burch.

         “Public Input/Comment:  Les Ruark asked if he could make a comment on items on the agenda?  Directors pointed out that later in the agenda he would have a chance to make comments.

         “Directors Changes to Agenda:  None

         “Minutes:  Minutes of November 10, 2016 meeting reviewed. Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve minutes as presented. Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         “Financial:  Financial information reviewed.  Steve Shaffer noted that revenue appears to be slow to come in.  Steve Shaffer asked Robert Myers about the progress of the core update and if it was in budget?  Rob Myers reported that everything is progressing on time and within budget.  Steve Shaffer inquired about the upgrade to Roosevelt Tower?  Rob reported that work was progressing as weather permitted.  Jeanne Burch reported to the Board that a transfer of funds from contingency to personal services will be necessary to accommodate contract with Executive Marketing Director.  Resolution No. 4, a Resolution Transferring Funds from Contingency to Personal Services line items in 2016-2017 Frontier TeleNet Budget was reviewed. Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve Resolution No. 4, transferring $55,000.00 from contingency to personal services line item in 2016-2017 Frontier TeleNet Budget.  Motion carried with all present aye.

         “A lengthy discussion held on the need to loan money to Financial Digital Network from Frontier TeleNet. This loan is necessary as the SIEC grant is a reimbursement grant and there will not be sufficient funds in Frontier Digital Network to advance this money. This item will be discussed in the Frontier Digital Network Board Meeting.

         “Discussion/Possible Action on Request for Quotes (RFQ) #816 and #817.  RFQ 816 is for connectivity Arlington to Fossil. REF 827 is for connectivity Wasco to Rufus.  Rob asked if we can arrange a contract based on RFQ versus Request for Proposal (RFP) Rob has made inquiries with contacts at the State and other sources but they have not answered. Solution might be to advertise for RFP and make some items more specific.  Lynn noted that Wheeler County has voted to go aerial versus buried fiber.  “Discussion on aerial versus buried fiber but there will be a backup with the wireless system.  Conclusion was that it makes sense to issue a RFP for these projects.           “Discussion on proposed partnerships.  Formal partnerships require a RFP.  Lynn pointed out a big difference between a partnership and a contracted service.  Lynn Morley moved to draft RFP 816 and 817.  Motion died for lack of a second.  Lynn Morley moved to draft RFP  816 Arlington to Fossil, 817 Wasco to Rufus and 818 Fossil Project.  “Discussion:  Gary Thompson pointed out that route on 817 is not acceptable.  Does not want to go down Scott Canyon Road.  Sherman County has recently constructed a new road on this route and Sherman County Road Department does not want digging in the new road.  A different route was proposed and that will be included in RFP 817.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         “NCESD Withdrawal:  The North Central Education District has tendered their withdrawal from the Frontier TeleNet ORS 190 Organization.  Steve Shaffer will be working with Legal Counsel, Will Carey, to ascertain the proper documentation for this withdrawal and also what other alternatives may be an option for Frontier TeleNet and Frontier Digital Network.

Public Comment:

         “Ken Gross from Home Telephone suggested that an engineering firm be retained for work on the RFP details.  Ken pointed out the engineering firm can work out all details so that those responding to the RFP would have complete details.  Rob Myers questioned how to retain engineering firm?  Ken also mentioned his earlier suggestion that a construction loan could be made to the RFP recipient and this would generate money back for Frontier TeleNet.

         “Les Ruark from Rock Creek, Oregon asked if it was a proper understanding that North Central Education District had withdrawn from Frontier TeleNet and was the withdrawal accepted?  Les also questioned how the ORS 190 would be restructured?  Judge Shaffer reported that the North Central ESD withdrawal letter was accepted and that legal counsel was being consulted to draw up the proper agreements regarding the ORS 190.  Les also asked some quality questions about the structure of the Frontier TeleNet organization.

         “Rachel Weinstein asked if there was not a sense of urgency for a plan to secure the grant money for Wheeler County portion of project?  Lynn Morley answered they are working with the State of Oregon and presenting a plan that will secure the funds.  Rachel also asked for clarification on obtaining an engineering firm?  Rob Myers answered that he needed to research the proper way to obtain a firm.

         “A discussion held on the technical term Hand Holds” (sic) for the system and what it means.

         “Next Meeting:  The next meeting of Frontier TeleNet will be January 25, 2017 at 2 PM in Fossil following the Tri-County Court Meeting.

         “There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 11:30 PM.

“Respectfully Submitted:

“Jeanne E. Burch

“Frontier TeleNet Staff”

/// ///

The Times-Journal, on December 22, 2016, published a report about the December 20 meeting, posted here with permission:

Frontier TeleNet directors now rethinking process to determine costs of ‘fiber build,’ other matters

         “Frontier TeleNet directors learned at their meeting Tuesday this week that the Request for Quotes process it used to determine the costs of installing a fiber optic cable on two separate projects – one from Wasco to Rufus in Sherman County and one from Arlington to Condon in Gilliam County – is not likely sufficient for securing contracts on the projects.

         “According to Rob Myers, Frontier TeleNet manager, he can’t find the answer to whether a contract can be awarded on the basis of a request for quotes.

         “Frontier TeleNet directors, county judges from Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties – Gary Thompson, Steve Shaffer and Lynn Morley, respectively, agreed Tuesday to re-write the requests and send them out gain as requests for proposals.

         “Ken Gross of Home Telephone Co., one of two companies that had responded to Frontier TeleNet’s earlier request for quotes, suggested that Frontier TeleNet go through the process of selecting an engineer to design the work that needs to be done, then submit the designed project to prospective contractors and request bid proposals. Having an independent engineer design the project to Frontier TeleNet’s specifications would allow contractors to submit bids on exactly the same specifications, and likely provide a more realistic cost of the project.

         “Also adding confusion to the matters Frontier TeleNet directors are dealing with is the recent announcement by the North Central Education Service District that the ESD directors had voted to withdraw from the Frontier TeleNet entity, which is an ORS 190 organization formed cooperatively some 15 years ago by the three county governments and the Education Service District.

         “It has been determined that the ESD’s withdrawal from, and the subsequent reformation of, the ORS 190 will require a public process involving all three counties.

         “Also discussed at the Dec. 20 meeting in Condon was the matter of cumbersome bookkeeping and supplemental budget processes and fund transfers from one entity – Frontier TeleNet – to another entity – Frontier Digital Network – which have here-to-fore operated as separate entities, but with the same directors. It was suggested that the two entities combine to simplify management and administration.

         “After two hours of discussion, Frontier TeleNet directors agreed that the matter of rethinking the ‘fiber build’ projects and processes requiring requests for proposals, the matter of processing the ESD’s withdrawal from the ORS 190, the matter of reforming the ORS 190, and the matter of combining the Frontier TeleNet and Frontier Digital entities whould all be submitted to legal counsel for advice.

         “The next public meetings to discuss these matters will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25. A meeting of the Tri-County Courts, which includes the county commissioners from each county, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at the Jeanne Burch Building in Fossil. The Frontier TeleNet meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 25, and the Frontier Digital meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the same location.

         “The meetings are all open to the public.”

/// /// ///

The Times-Journal reporter and the Frontier TeleNet scribe were, indeed, at the same meeting.

As for planning and process, the NCESD gave notice that they were considering withdrawing from Frontier TeleNet months before doing so, giving plenty of time for legal advice and appropriate organizational response.

The matter of RFQ or RFP is a planning and process failure that hints at a predetermined outcome.

We believe the elected officials of the three county courts and Frontier TeleNet staff are complicit in the on-going negligence, deceit, mismanagement, and lack of planning, legal process and transparency.

And for transparency, by the way, it is now 70 days since we requested Frontier TeleNet public records of legal notices, agreements and contracts.

Holding our local government entities accountable is one very good reason to subscribe to The Times-Journal!  

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

bird.owl3Commentary. Thomas Sowell: Farewell

Thomas Sowell

Building Permits at 500 Court Street, Moro   According to the local building department, there were 5 building permits filed at this property over the past 2 years. 4 of them have valuations, the total of which is $6,017,790 

Historical & family history in Glengarry County, Ontario

Commentary. The Complexity of Creation

Manward Press. Liberty. Know-How. Connections.

Medical News Today



Help More Americans Understand How Economics Works! 

Mercatus Center, George Mason University

Commentary. Leave the U.N.


Sherman County eNews #343


  1. Oath of Office in Sherman County, Dec. 29

  2. County College, a Program for New County Commissioners

  3. Sky Lanterns Illegal in Oregon, Jan. 1

  4. Community Renewable Energy Association [CREA]

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

Twenty years from now

you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do

than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.

Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

~ Mark Twain.

1. Oath of Office in Sherman County, Dec. 29


Sherman County Swearing-in


Elected Officials

9 o’clock


Thursday, December 29, 2016

I, (name), do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Constitution of the State of Oregon, and the laws thereof, together with the ordinances and laws of Sherman County, and will faithfully and honorably discharge the duties of (office), to which I have been elected, to the best of my ability, so help me God.

2. County College, a Program for New County Commissioners

Oregon.Flat.poleThe County College program began in 2006 in partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service, and for four years, ran every year. Since the 2009 class, it has run every other year in odd years. Designed primarily for new commissioners and high-level staff, the program offers a comprehensive overview of the responsibilities and authorities of a county, and a county commissioner or judge, including legal, government ethics, public meetings and records, parliamentary procedure and much more.

Sherman County Commissioner-elect Joe Dabulskis is participating in this year’s class.

The program also covers the primary service areas of community & economic development, finance, human services, infrastructure & public works and public safety, in addition to sessions on leadership and management (risk management, communications, emergency management, personal and courthouse security, etc.). The strong partnership between counties and the Oregon State University Extension Service is also explored.

With a class size of between 18 to 22 members, one of the most valuable benefits is the networking that takes place and the relationships that are built.


3. Sky Lanterns Illegal in Oregon, Jan. 1

As of January 1, 2017, sky lanterns (also known as aerial luminaries, Chinese lanterns, mini hot air balloons, UFO balloons, wish lanterns, etc.) are illegal to release into Oregon airspace.

A sky lantern is a paper sack suspended over a flame, usually from a small candle or other lit device. The hot air from the flame causes the balloon to rise into the air and be carried off by the wind.

“Although they are pretty, sky lanterns are uncontrolled, open-flamed devices that pose an extreme fire hazard to people, property, and the environment” said Oregon Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “Once released you have no control over where they may land. They could end up on someone’s rooftop, in a tree, or a pile of debris and cause an unwanted fire.”

A number of states, as well as countries such as Germany, Australia, and Brazil have outlawed sky lanterns.

As of January 1, 2017, releasing a sky lantern into Oregon airspace will be a Class A violation subject to a maximum penalty of $2,000.

4. Community Renewable Energy Association [CREA]

electricpowerlineEstablished in 2007, our organization worked closely with the Oregon Department of Energy’s (ODOE) Renewable Energy Work Group and others interested in renewable energy to define Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). CREA is an ORS 190 intergovernmental association. Members include counties, irrigation districts, councils of government, project developers, for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations.

CREA works with local communities, counties, state and federal agencies, Congress, the Oregon Public Utilities Commission and the Legislature to advocate for improved policies that support development of more community renewable energy in Oregon. Our members and staff help educate policy-makers and interested communities on steps toward progress for renewable energy development. We also work with parties to make projects happen, providing technical expertise for developers, landowners and counties where projects are under consideration.


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

constitution-wethepeopleWay of Necessity 

Commentary. Michelle Malkin: Thank You, Professor Sowell

Veteran Health Care – Agent Orange 

The Electoral College Preserves Inclusion

China’s 1st aircraft carrier sails into South China Sea

The Fight to Save Thousands of Heirloom Apple Trees

The 26 Largest Islands In The World Compared

 12 Fantastic Thomas Sowell Quotes in Honor of His Retirement


Sherman County eNews #342


  1. Notice. Sherman County Court, Jan. 4

  2. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online Dec. 7 and Agenda, Jan. 4

  3. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, Jan. 4

  4. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 21

  5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center January Meal Menu

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

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye,
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest

1. Notice. Sherman County Court, Jan. 4

ShermanCoLogoThe link to the draft agenda for the Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039, may be seen here:

During the January 4 court session, the Sherman County Court will hold a public hearing regarding the Ordinance Transferring Jurisdiction Over Establishment of Ways of Necessity to the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for Sherman County, Repealing Ordinance No. 02-2014, and Declaring an Emergency at 11:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

During the January 4 court session, the court will hold a public hearing regarding the Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 29-2005, Defining Procedure for Mass Gathering Permit Application, and Declaring an Emergency at 11:15 in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

2. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online Dec. 7 and Agenda, Jan. 4

Approved minutes for the December 7 Sherman County Court session and the draft agenda for the January 4, 2017, Sherman County Court session are now available on the county website at Agenda updates will continue to be posted on the website.

3. Sherman County Court Draft Agenda, Jan. 4



4. Sherman County Court Notes, Dec. 21

ShermanCoLogo~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the January 4 court session on the Sherman County website at

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on December 21, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • heard from Christa Rude and Amber Degrange, Four Rivers Early Learning Hub, several contracts and funding recommendations have been approved by the Early Learning Hub Board; Christa explained the court was presented with the documents to create a record of the agreements so they can be referenced for accounting purposes; Christa suggested the court have county counsel review legal agreements to ensure the county’s interests are met; Commissioner McCoy expressed he does not feel the court should re-approve all documents the Early Learning Hub Board has already approved, and the court should accept the actions of the board; Amber explained Sherman County is the financial backbone of the Hub, and the finance director would like the court to approve any funds being sent out; a format similar to the Commission on Children and Families could be used, which would allow the court to review all documents and have the chance to ask questions; the court expressed it did not wish to approve contracts the board has already approved and would only like to be notified if a problem occurs; instead of having Sherman County counsel review the contracts, Commissioner McCoy suggested the Hub’s counsel should review them; Sherman County counsel reviewed and approved the original Hub agreement contract; the court does not want to review specific allocations the Early Learning Hub Board has already approved; the court can sign off on allocations and be made aware of contracts, but the court trusts the board’s decision; if a problem occurs, the board and the court will discuss the issue; if Sherman County’s county counsel reviews a contract and the county incurs an expense, Sherman County will be reimbursed from the Hub for this expense; only documents legally required to be reviewed will be reviewed by county counsel; the court requested a simple one-page summary spread sheet showing how funds are being distributed and briefly detailing the Early Learning Hub Board’s actions; Amber and Christa will look into which documents require legal review; the court approved the amendment to the Early Learning Hub Intergovernmental Agreement Sherman County has with the State of Oregon and authorized Judge Thompson to sign pending approval by county counsel;
  • heard from Cindy Brown and Bryan Tuck, Sherman County Extension Office, Oregon State University is working on filling Sandy Macnab’s position; the position will focus on dry land crops and hopefully will be filled within the next year; Bryan explained he would like to look into the opportunity of having an open campus in Sherman County; this would link Extension with Oregon State University and work with families to help direct kids into high education; Cindy reported she is working on end-of-the-year reports; 4-H begins in January; she continues to partner with the afterschool program to provide afterschool cooking once a week; Cindy attends various meetings as a representative of Sherman County;
  • heard from Katie Paul and Julie Davis, Sherman County Community Outreach, that Local Public Safety Coordinating Council Coordinator interviews were held; LPSCC is trying to decide where to locate the coordinator when working in Sherman County; funding was provided from the State of Oregon for three years for the position; the employee will work full-time between Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties; Association of Oregon Counties will provide the employee with a car and laptop; the Wasco Annex has space to house the employee, but Katie and Julie will look into using an empty judge’s chamber or the jury room; when the new courthouse facility is built, the employee can use the flex space;
  • held a public hearing regarding the Sherman County Mass Gathering Ordinance; Judge Thompson opened the hearing and explained the hearing would be continued to allow for further public comment; the court discussed the time frame during which mass gatherings should be prohibited due to fire danger; prohibiting mass gatherings from June through October was discussed; the court would like the fairgrounds to be exempt from the ordinance; Georgia Macnab, Planner, explained the fairgrounds and racetrack are automatically excluded from the ordinance as long as their events are fair and racetrack related; any private entity wanting to use either venue for an event would not be excluded from the ordinance; Judge Thompson explained, according to the ordinance, an event must  continue in excess of 48 hours, including set-up and clean-up, to be considered a large or mass gathering; Georgia stated the hour limits are determined by state statute; the court emphasized it would like to prohibit all festivals in Sherman County during fire season; even fireless festivals bring fire danger with smoking, cooking, and vehicles; Georgia suggested discussing the June through October time frame with county counsel; she also suggested expanding the time frame required for application from 45 to 90 days before the event to allow for paperwork and processing; Judge Thompson stated 120 days prior to the event would be better because if there are any complications in the application process, there will be adequate time to resolve them; the court specified a large or mass gathering would be more than 250 persons at any time during the gathering; Shawn Payne, Emergency Services Director, suggested the sheriff and other emergency personnel have the chance to look at the ordinance for feedback or suggestions; the hearing will continue on January 4;
  • determined it needed more information about the RV Park laundry building roofing estimate and the proposal to upgrade the RV Park receptacles; Jennifer Zimmerlee, RV Park Host, will explain each proposal to the court at the next court session;
  • approved the Memorandum of Agreement for Building Inspection Program between the Building Codes Division through the Department of Consumer and Business Services and Sherman County to allow Mid-Columbia Council of Governments to administer the building inspection program for Sherman County and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • re-appointed Jennifer Zimmerlee and Rick Jauken to the Fair Board, as recommended by the Fair Board, for a term of three years to expire on December 31, 2019;
  • appointed to the Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan Advisory Committee for a term of two years to expire December 31, 2018: Rick Whitaker representing Sherman County Ambulance; Renee’ Heidy, representing Frontier Regional Dispatch; Jeff Holliday, representing Rufus; and Bryan Cranston, representing Wasco;
  • corrected the September 7, 2016, motion offering up to $200 to North Central Education Service District for the purchase of a refrigerator and freezer to read, “Motion to approve offering up to $250 to North Central Education Service District for the purchase of a refrigerator and freezer for use for events at the Wasco Annex”;
  • discussed a network technology discovery survey by solutions IT in The Dalles; reviewed a letter of concern about the solutions IT proposal from Debbie Hayden, Finance Director; solutions IT has done excellent work for Mid-Columbia Council of Governments; if a proposal for a network technology audit is over $10,000, the proper Request for Proposal process will be followed; the initial assessment is free of charge; solutions IT will present findings from the assessment and give the court a proposed quote if further network assessment is needed; after the initial assessment, the court will consult with Debbie and Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace, on the decision to move forward; the court agreed solutions IT is a reputable firm and agreed to trust the company to do the initial assessment; the court authorized solutions IT to perform an initial network discovery for no charge in order to get a complete picture of technology used by the county, to recommend solutions to any problems found, and to formulate a quote based on the size and complexity of the network assessment needed;
  • authorized budget transfers/payments, including $57,905 from General Fund, $69,950 from Renewable Resources, $1,477,187.14 from Community Service Fees Fund, and $5,259,189 from SIP Additional Fees Fund for a total of $6,864,231.14 as recommended by the Finance Director and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • approved writing a letter to the insurance company of McDonald’s in Biggs to explain why water service went down between November 28, 2016, and December 1, 2016, and authorized Judge Thomson to sign;
  • discussed a Cottonwood State Park Planning Department request, consideration of referral of transferring Way of Necessity cases to Circuit Court, and a Wasco Annex proposal;
  • heard reports from court members about regional board activities.

5. Sherman County Senior & Community Center January Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

January 2017

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at #565-3191, the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & UP $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2 3 4 5 6
Closed for New Years Baked Potato Bar/Chili Chicken Oriental Beef Stew Pizza/loaded w/meat
Veggies Rice Pilaf Biscuits & Veggies Veggies
Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
9 10 11 12 13
Hamburger w/Gravy Quiche Lorraine Meatloaf Mac & Cheese w/ham Chili w/cheese & onion
Mashed Potatoes Veggies Roasted Red Potatoes Veggies Cornbread
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice Cream
16 17 18 19 20
Closed for MLK Jr. Day


Oven Fried Chicken Lasagna Turkey Gravy/Biscuits Potato Soup
Potatoes/Gravy & Veggies Veggies Veggies Reuben Sandwich
Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert
23 24 25 26 27
Chicken Strips Sweet & Sour Meatballs Roast Pork w/gravy Spaghetti w/meat sauce Chicken Divan
Tater Tots Rice & Veggies Veggies Veggies Veggies
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit Green Salad & Ice Cream
30 31 Menu subject to change due to availability

ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of foods are prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

Beef & Bean Burrito Chicken ala King
Tortilla Chips Biscuits & Veggies
Green Salad & Dessert Green Salad & Fruit

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

bird.talkOSU Research, The Evolution of Barley, Malt & Beer Flavor

Early stripe rust (in wheat) raises researchers’ concerns

Random Thoughts, Looking Back

Card Trick: Pray for Paris 

“Around the World from 80 Countries” Exhibit

Holocaust Encyclopedia