Sherman County eNews #37


  1. Public Notice. Rufus City Council Meeting, Feb. 8

  2. Oregon Retired Educators Program, Feb. 21

  3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court, Feb. 15

  4. Oregon Historical Quarterly Winter 2016

  5. Editorial. Unreasonable Delay: Do We Care?

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

1. Public Notice. Rufus City Council Meeting, Feb. 8

The Rufus City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in Rufus on February 8, 2016. The agenda includes approval of previous minutes, financial report, Industrial Park update, Gorge Vista update, Community Center plans, city maintenance, mayor and city recorder reports and possible executive session per ORS 192. 660(2)(e) Real Estate 192.660(2)(a) Employment.

2. Oregon Retired Educators Program, Feb. 21

Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, the 21st, at the Hood River Elks. Hood River Sheriff Matt English will present the program.  Inquiries may be directed to Unit 20 President George Clark at 541-296-5933.

3. Public Notice. Sherman County Court, Feb. 15

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. will be in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.

During the February 15 court session, the Sherman County 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 10:30 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039.



4.  Oregon Historical Quarterly Winter 2016


The Unwanted Sailor. Exclusions of Black Sailors in the Pacific Northwest and the Atlantic Southeast by Jacki Hedlund Tyler

The Making of Seaside’s “Indian Place,” Contested and Enduring Native Spaces on the Nineteenth Century Oregon Coast by Douglas Deur

Essay. The Malheur Occupation and the Problem with History by William G. Robbins

Essay. Frederic Homer Balch (1861-1891), Romancer and Historian by Richard W. Eulain

Oregon Voices, A Conversation with Geoff Wexler, Photography and the Davies Family Research Library Collections by Jennifer Strayer

5. Editorial. Unreasonable Delay: Do We Care?

pencil.sharpIt’s the law. According to Oregon Revised Statute 192.440, a public governing entity is to respond to requests for public records “as soon as practicable and without unreasonable delay.”

The public entity is to respond with a choice of statements: that it does not possess the public record; that it is the custodian of some of the records with an estimate of time and fees required; that it is uncertain whether it possesses the public record and will search for the record and make an appropriate response as soon as practicable; or that state or federal law prohibits acknowledging existence of the record, including a citation to state or federal law.

Our request for Frontier TeleNet (FT) public records was sent electronically to board members, Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler County Judges Shaffer, Thompson and Morley, and staff, Myers and Burch, on October 20, 2016, and reminders on November 15, 2016, and December 11, 2016. No results.

It was sent again on January 22, 2017, this time to Gilliam County Commissioner Weimar, Sherman County Commissioners McCoy and Dabulskis, and Wheeler County Commissioners Ordway and Starkey, FT Marketing Director Smith, legal counsel Carey and The Times-Journal, as well, and we asked that this request be read into the record at the Frontier TeleNet board meeting on January 25, 2017. It was not.

Gilliam County Judge and Frontier TeleNet chairman Steve Shaffer’s apology on behalf of Frontier TeleNet on January 26, 2017, indicates that, “Not a single person remembered to add it to the agenda,” and offers assurance that it will be read into the record at the next meeting.

Our request is for public legal notices, requests for qualifications/proposals, agreements and contracts regarding and/or between Windwave Communications and/or Windwave Technologies, Inc., Inland Development Corporation, Management Resources and Sherman County or Frontier TeleNet, and between Rural Technology Group, Frontier TeleNet and Sherman County.

Frontier TeleNet has these records, does not have these records, doesn’t know if it has these records or believes state or federal law prohibits disclosing these records… or … it has the records and is deliberately denying access.

Frontier TeleNet’s test for “as soon as practicable and without unreasonable delay” appears to be in excess of 60 working days and is designed to discourage our interest and keep constituents uninformed.

It’s an extremely poor example to set for new commissioners … or anyone aspiring to a local government position.

We elected the Frontier TeleNet governing officials. It’s our organization. It’s our money. We should expect competence and lawful performance of their duties. We should care.

“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.” – Plato

We’re back to questions of competence and trust. Do we care?

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

bird.owl3Hatchery Salmon are Genetically Different

New Northwest Spuds Offer Strong Disease Resistance

The Beaver Tales Art Exhibit  at OSU

Confounding Contronyms

 If you thought Lady Gaga’s halftime show was apolitical, consider the origin of ‘This Land is Your Land’

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”    — Winston Churchill

Hyundai Just Won the Super Bowl

Green Comet Approaches Earth

The Youth Group That Launched a Movement at Standing Rock 

Mysterious toxic legacy persists on Apache land

Viewpoint. Oregon AG wrong in opposing Trump’s executive order

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