Sherman County eNews #63


  1. Watch Live-Streaming Sherman County Huskies Championship Game, March 4

  2. Sherman County Emergency Services February Activity Report

  3. Wisdom Warriors: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

  4. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

  5. Letter to the Editor: Frontier TeleNet

  6. Federal Agencies Report Evaluating Columbia & Snake River Salmon Recovery

  7. Portland Story Theater’s Urban Tellers® On The Road to Benefit Civic Auditorium

1.Watch Sherman County Huskies Championship Game, March 4

sports-basket2ballFor those unable to make it to Baker City:
>>> If the Sherman boys play in the championship round, the Sherman County tennis team will be live-streaming the game at the commons of the Sherman County School on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. Admission will be $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family. We will have refreshments for purchase. Come out and watch the game and support your Sherman Huskies!

2. Sherman County Emergency Services February Activity Report

ambulance.back~ Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

February 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
2-04 3:03 PM Breathing Difficulty Wasco
2-04 10:12 PM Seizure Linda’s Restaurant in Biggs
2-04 11:42 PM Chest Pain & Hypertension Moro Fire Station
2-07 3:15 PM Difficulty Breathing Moro
2-08 8:26 AM Sick Person Moro
2-08 11:35 AM Multi Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 104
2-08 6:51 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Rollover US 97  MP# 31
2-10 2:32 AM Abdominal Pain Wasco
2-14 6:21 PM Difficulty Breathing Pilot in Biggs
2-15 6:02 AM Semi Crash – Shoulder Pain I-84  MP# 109
2-16 10:24 AM Seizure I-84  MP# 105
2-17 4:51 PM Fainting Episode Wasco
2-18 12:27 PM Breathing Problem Moro
2-20 7:26 AM Possible Stroke Wasco
2-25 1:45 PM Chest Pain Wasco
2-26 10:39 AM Possible Stroke Wasco
2-27 8:38 AM Back Pain Kent

North Sherman County RFPD

February 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
2-08 11:45 AM Multi Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 104
2-15 7:25 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 114
2-20 7:26 AM Ambulance Assist Wasco
2-25 1:45 PM Ambulance Assist Wasco
2-26 10:39 AM Ambulance Assist Wasco

Moro Fire Department

February 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
2-08 11:50 AM Traffic Control for Multiple Crashes US 97  MP# 18

3. Wisdom Warriors: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Empowering Individuals to Help Themselves and Others

  • 1 day a week, 2.5 hour class for 6 weeks
  • Free book upon completing the course
  • The class is for anyone with a chronic illness or those caring for someone with a chronic illness

Topics include:

– Pain & Fatigue Management

– Making action plans to set & achieve goals

– Problem Solving

– Dealing with Difficult Emotions

– Healthy Eating

– Communication Skills

– Working with your health care provider.

Where: Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (Board Room), 1113 Kelly Ave., The Dalles, OR 97058

When: March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6 & 13

Time: Noon-3 p.m. – lunch will be provided.

For more information contact:

  • Melissa Howtopat, Care Coordinator, MCCOG – Area Agency on Aging 541-298-4101
  • Tina Antone, Community Health Representative, Yakama Nation – Area Agency on Aging –
  • Title VI Elders Program 509-773-3786

4. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

For the 13th year, the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling dedicates March to helping people “have the conversation” about problem gambling. “Problem Gambling is an addiction that affects approximately 2.6 percent of adult Oregonians yet it remains largely not talked about,” said Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Thomas Moore. “That’s why we participate in National Council on Problem Gambling ‘Have the conversation’ campaign to help raise awareness of this addiction and the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling.”

National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a grassroots effort that brings together a wide range of stakeholders – public health organizations, advocacy groups and gambling operators — who work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist. “Creating awareness of problem gambling and available resources is a statewide commitment that is reflected in the official proclamation that Oregon Lottery and the Oregon Health Authority worked with the Governor’s office to develop,” added Stacy Shaw, Director of Social Responsibility for the Oregon Lottery.

Researcher and Oregon Council Board member, Dr. Jeffrey J. Marotta notes, “The impact of problem gambling extends beyond the gambler, affecting families, friends and entire communities. That makes it so important to have the conversation to raise awareness and create action.”

But the “Have the conversation” campaign is more than just all talk. Last year, visits to the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website increased dramatically during March as result of all the focused marketing and outreach efforts. “It’s inspiring that a grassroots campaign can have a measurable and meaningful statewide impact,” said Moore, “and we are working for even greater results in 2017.”

To get help for a gambling problem for you or a loved one, call 1-877-MYLIMIT. Treatment is free, confidential and it works. For more information about problem gambling and how to have the conversation, go to or

5. Letter to the Editor: Frontier TeleNet

About 15 years ago our counties emergency services along with schools were in need of a better local communication system. Private companies were not willing to service such a small customer base. Frontier Telenet was formed by the three counties (Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler) and the North Central ESD. A tower system was built with grant money. This system has not used local taxpayer dollars and is debt free. Our county government, schools, police, fire, and ambulance services have a high quality communications system at no cost to them. That is an anomaly in Oregon.

To piggy back with this system, two more ORS 190’s were formed. Frontier Regional 911 operates on state supplied 911 dollars and again does not cost our taxpayers. Our local 911 center could not operate without the existence of the Frontier Telenet system. Frontier Digital Network was formed because a digital switch was needed to stay in compliance with federal regulations and also to attract agencies to our 911 system.

Jefferson County was added which increased operating revenue by $500,000. It takes all three of these ORS 190s, working together, to operate the local 911 system.
The system is maintained by contracted experts. By statute, the organization goes through the same budget process every year as all local governments. The board is constantly advised of needed future upgrades including costs and revenue sources to obtain these. Management is in communication with other 911 management teams and the possibility of incorporating more programs is becoming more and more feasible as their own operation costs soar. Our 911 communication system has been commended as one of the best operations in Oregon. The State of Oregon paid the entire cost of connecting to Frontier Telenet’s system in order to improve their own communications in our region.

Pat Shaw

Condon, Oregon

6. Federal Agencies Report Evaluating Columbia & Snake River Salmon Recovery

fish.salmon1Portland, Ore. – Federal agencies issued a report that evaluates eight years of progress as they work to protect and improve conditions for Columbia and Snake river salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The Federal Columbia River Power System 2016 Comprehensive Evaluation describes the federal actions implemented since NOAA Fisheries issued the 2008 FCRPS Biological Opinion, as supplemented in 2014. The federal agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration and Bureau of Reclamation, will continue to implement the biological opinion until a new one is issued in 2018.

“Federal agency efforts have contributed to a significant increase in the survival of salmon and steelhead migrating past Columbia and Snake river dams,” says Lorri Bodi, vice president of BPA Environment, Fish and Wildlife. “Through hard work and regional partnerships, we are helping bring fish back to the Columbia River Basin.”

Providing safe fish passage through dams is the centerpiece of federal conservation efforts.

“Performance tests indicate juvenile fish passage survival rates at eight mainstem dams along the lower Columbia and Snake rivers are on track to meet the biological opinion performance standards for young downstream migrating fish,” says Rock Peters, fishery program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division.

Part of this success is due to science-based spill levels and the significant investment in new surface passage systems that allow young fish to move past dams near the water’s surface where they naturally migrate.

Federal agencies and their partners have also made significant improvements to salmon and steelhead habitat in Columbia River Basin tributaries and the estuary, thanks to partnerships with tribal, state, local and non-government organizations across the region.

“Together with our partners, we have improved natal habitat, and our monitoring has demonstrated that tributary restoration projects increase the size and abundance of smolts before they enter the mainstem Columbia River system,” says David Mabe, deputy regional director of the Bureau of Reclamation.

Highlights from the report include the following:

* Restoration projects have opened more than 3,445 miles of spawning and rearing habitat to salmon and steelhead — roughly equivalent to the driving distance between Seattle, Washington and Miami, Florida.

* More than 8,835 acres of estuary habitat — an area equivalent to nearly 6,700 football fields has been protected and restored, providing critical feeding habitat for young fish migrating to sea.

* Water temperatures for adult salmon migrating through the Lower Granite Dam fish ladder during hot weather have been improved by the addition of cool water pumps.

The 2016 Citizen’s Guide to the Comprehensive Evaluation is a 16-page companion publication to understanding the Comprehensive Evaluation. Printed copies are available on request at the BPA Visitor Center by calling 503-230-4636 and the electronic version is available at

7. Portland Story Theater’s Urban Tellers® On The Road to Benefit Civic Auditorium

The Dalles Civic Auditorium and Portland Story Theater present
Urban Tellers® On The Road
Saturday, March 25th
Door 6:30 pm | Stories 7 pm
The Dalles Civic Auditorium

(18+ and over due to mature content)
Tickets $10, The Civic, Klindt’s Booksellers, and at the door.

Urban Tellers® is part of the phenomenon that we’ve seen all around the country: real, true stories told on stage in front of a live audience. For more than 12 years, Portland Story Theater has been leading the way to create a unique fusion of wit and bare-bones emotion expressed on stage, and we have the chance to bring it this year to The Dalles Civic Auditorium! This show is fun, fast-paced and filled with personal stories that bring the culture of community to life. Our story show is a world away from a strait-laced book reading. No notes. No memorization. Just the story, the teller, and you! The space is intimate, relaxed. Urban Tellers® On The Road runs about 90 minutes, including intermission.

The show is sponsored by The Dalles Civic Auditorium and tickets are $10. All proceeds benefit The Dalles Civic Auditorium. This program is made possible through generous grants from the Autzen, Kinsman, and Miller Foundations. Portland Story Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit. For more information, visit