Sherman County eNews #314


  1. Shop to Support Local Groups on Saturday, Dec. 3

  2. Christmas Shopping at the Museum, Dec. 3

  3. Sherman County School Facebook: Congressional App Challenge

  4. Update Your Free Lodging Listing for Official Visitor Guide

  5. Editorial Notice: Joyful News

  6. Editorial. Questions & Answers

  7. Congressman Walden: 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34)

1. Shop to Support Local Groups on Saturday, Dec. 3

  • The Museum Store 10-3 Sherman County Historical Museum
  • Holiday Bazaar 10-2 Sherman County School (Sponsored by Sherman Co. Fair)
  • Sophomore Class Christmas Tree Sale 10-2 Sherman County School

Remember to take a gift for The Mitten Tree at the Sherman County Public/School Library and enjoy the basketball tournament at Sherman County School!

2. Christmas Shopping at the Museum, Dec. 3

m_returnThe Sherman County Historical Museum Store in downtown Moro, Oregon and will be open for your Christmas shopping on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Come shop, enjoy refreshments, and tour the Sherman County Historical Museum! Get a collection of Sherman County stemless wine glasses, Sherman County Christmas ornaments or cute farm animals that walk and talk for the special people on your list!  Take a Walk on the Rural Side and we will see you on December 3rd at the Sherman County Historical Museum Store!

For more information contact the Sherman County Historical Museum at 541-565-3232 or email

3. Sherman County School Facebook: Congressional App Challenge

Here is a link to a Congressional App Challenge that was submitted by three of our freshman students from STEM class: Will Evans, Marcus Henricksen, and Hunter Stafford. Great job, gentlemen!

To learn more about the Congressional App Challenge, click here:

4. Update Your Free Lodging Listing for Official Visitor Guide

Properties Statewide Receive Free Listing in Travel Oregon’s Official Visitor Guide

Lodging suppliers from Eastern Oregon must have their updated information in to Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) + Travel Oregon to be included in the 2017 Travel Oregon Visitor Guide. You do NOT need to be a member of ORLA to receive a listing.

Through a strategic alliance between Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association and Travel Oregon, all lodging properties are afforded a free basic listing in the Official Visitor Guide – the only statewide print piece for comprehensive lodging listings in Oregon.

Properties must update or verify their listing information is accurate by December 9, 2016 in order to be included in the guides.

Lodging property owners or general managers received a letter in the mail from ORLA mid-October that provided log-in credentials for updating your listing online. Go to for more information or contact

5. Editorial Notice: Joyful News

babyfootprintSherman County eNews will happily publish JOYFUL NEWS – births, engagements, weddings and anniversaries – with Friday Classifieds. Thank you, Sue Mabe, for proposing this idea!

The deadline is the same as for classified ads, Wednesday at 5. Sherman County connections are required. Links are welcome; no photos. Please use the Submit News page.

And then, please, send your birth, engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements to The Times-Journal via

6. Editorial. Questions & Answers

pencil.spiralOn September 22, we posted an editorial menu of questions for eNews subscribers to ask county commissioner candidates. A few subscribers sent these questions to eNews!

We did not respond to the following questions that are best addressed by the Sherman County Court or the Frontier TeleNet board of directors:

  • “At one point we were putting away 30% of the SIP money. Is that still true?”
  • “How do you award a position to an entity that doesn’t exist yet? Where was it advertised? How long? Was the position listed with WorkSource Oregon, WorkSource Washington, or on craigslist?”
  • “Is it legal for a government entity to contract with a non-registered entity? Who is Connections, LLC?”
  • “We have had problems with Rural Technology (internet) … Is it working for most people? Is it working for just the towns? How much has it cost the county? How much will it cost in the future, and what are the plans once the SIP runs out?”

As for this one, “Sherry, did you ever get your questions answered on the county internet and fiber optics?” We did not request, expect or accept answers to the questions from candidates, but we did conduct a little research for our own satisfaction.

And the Sherman County Court’s response, Sherman County Court Explains Fiber Optic Project,” was published in the October 17 Sherman County eNews and the October 21 issue of The Times-Journal.

We published an editorial to answer these questions: “Who is the editorial we?” “Who is the editorial board?” “Who made that list of questions?” “I was wondering who sits on the Editorial Board for the E-News publication?”

Our research included the meeting minutes of Sherman County Court, Gilliam County Court, North Central Education Service District, Frontier TeleNet, Frontier Digital Network, Frontier Regional 911 Agency, City of Condon, City of Condon Fiber Committee and Sherman County School District; and The Times-Journal, The East Oregonian and Sherman County Citizen-Reporter.

7. Congressman Walden: 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34)

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), a sweeping, bipartisan initiative cosponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) to bring hope to millions of Americans suffering from deadly diseases.

“This really means a lot. This will make a difference in real people’s lives back home in our communities. And I’ve heard from those people, like Carol Fulkerson in Bend, who has MS. She’s ecstatic about this. She said ‘it’s a great step toward making it possible to find a cure to MS.’ Can you imagine what that means in a person’s life?” said Walden in support of the bill. “These are critical reforms and improvements on mental health and substance abuse programs, as we’ve heard. These changes will help people all across America, and certainly in Oregon.”

Of the 10,000 known diseases in the world (7,000 of which are considered rare), there are treatments for only about 500 of them. Yet, the cost and time associated with conducting clinical trials are at all-time highs (it takes upwards of 15 years to bring a new drug to the market, and the cost of developing new drugs has doubled since the early 1980s). This bill would boost medical research and streamline the approval process for new treatments to help accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of cures. The 21st Century Cures Act also brings sweeping reforms to the treatment of drug addiction and mental illness, largely based off of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646), a separate bill Walden cosponsored that passed the House in July.

Walden has held seven round table meetings with patients and health care professionals in southern, central, and eastern Oregon to solicit feedback. He spoke of input he received from community health providers in Oregon such as Judy Kennedy, Director of Marketing at Interpath Laboratory in Pendleton, who would benefit from this initiative. And Walden talked about Oregonians like Justin Hon and Carol Fulkerson, whose lives will be positively impacted by the hope 21st Century Cures brings to patients and their families. He concluded by saying, “We’re going to do so much to improve the health — both mental and physical — of the lives of the people we represent when this legislation becomes law. I think it is an enormous step forward in so many ways.”

The research and technology community in Oregon praised this bill. “The 21st Century Cures Act is important new legislation that will help our country leverage the benefits of Precision Medicine-based approaches for improved public health, as well as improved efficiency and success rates in the development of new medicines. It provides much needed funding to expand the use of these specific, molecular approaches to understanding disease. Furthermore, it provides the framework and funding for speeding up the process of getting these new approaches to the patients that need them most. As a Bend, Oregon-based company, we are enthusiastic about the leadership role that Oregon is taking, both in Congress and in the private sector, in this space. We believe that the changes this Act will encourage will lead to improved public health and profitable medicines,” said Dr. Adam Carroll, Chief Science Officer of Amplion Inc. in Bend.

“Clinical laboratory services are vital to the promise of precision medicine, providing physicians the tools needed to ensure individuals receive the right treatment at the right time.  Community laboratories in Oregon employ a skilled scientific workforce right in the community, bringing the more precise diagnostic testing services to rural and other underserved communities across the state. It is reassuring to know our leaders recognize the devastation and cost of chronic diseases. The funding will put an emphasis on solving this significant burden in the U.S. We are thankful for that,” said Judy Kennedy, Director of Marketing at Interpath Laboratory in Pendleton about the provisions advancing precision medicine in the bill.

Patients in Oregon suffering debilitating diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and addiction also lauded the initiative. “As a person who has lived with Multiple Sclerosis for almost 24 years, and having made many friends who also live with MS, I have seen a wide range of issues related to MS. Many people experience a reduced ability to lead their lives independently and have been impacted by lost or reduced income, and needed medical care brings significant increases in health care and medicine costs.  The 21st Century Cures Act will benefit a large segment of society, is a great step towards making it possible to find a cure for MS, will improve the quality of life for people who live with MS and their loved ones, and will give researchers access to vital information.” said Carol Fulkerson, an MS advocate in Bend.

“Drug addiction and mental health issues go hand in hand. My addiction manifested for 20 plus years because I never got the right diagnosis or mental health support early on. It wasn’t until I was an adult with numerous convictions for drugs, and after multiple attempts at treatment, did I finally get the help I needed through dual diagnosis treatment program where they got to the core of my addiction and why I was using drugs,” noted Justin Hon, a Medford resident who overcame his battle with addiction through a dual diagnosis treatment program that got to the root of his addiction.  “So my opinion is we definitely need a boost in resources to help people in need and to save their lives.”  

Provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act represent the most significant reforms to the mental health system in more than a decade, including funding for addiction treatment programs like the one that helped Justin overcome his own battle.

This bill represents an agreement between House and Senate leaders. After receiving strong support in the House, this bill now heads to the Senate for final approval, expected in the coming days.