Sherman County eNews #126


  1. National Day of Prayer, May 4

  2. Frontier TeleNet Special Board Meeting Agenda and Notice, May 5

  3. Sherman County Emergency Services April Activity Report

  4. Sherman County Court Minutes & May 17 Agenda

  5. Outside Influence on Behavior

  6. Stories & Songs, Celilo Falls & the Columbia River, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, May 31

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

First, voting on a 1,600 page bill released at 2am Monday and voted on two days later is disrespectful of American taxpayers and the Members of Congress they elected to represent them.  Conservatives—even those who are members of the House Appropriations Committee—were frozen out of the process and were not given the privilege of knowing what was in the bill, a privilege extended to Democrats. ~ The American Conservative Union, May 3, 2017

1. National Day of Prayer, May 4

National Day of Prayer

May 4th

“For Your Great Name’s Sake”

Hear us. Forgive us. Heal us.

“If we ever forget that we are

One Nation Under God,

Then we will be a nation gone under.”

~ President Ronald Reagan

~ Dick Sargent, former area coordinator.

2.  Frontier TeleNet Special Board Meeting Agenda and Notice, May 5

Frontier TeleNet Special Board Meeting Agenda

 May 5, 2017  2:00 p.m. Gilliam County Courthouse – Courtroom

Agenda topics include:

  • Discussion of Contracting and Procurement Rules
  • Discussion of Records Request Policy as Provided by Counsel
  • Discussion of Records Retention and Location for Storage
  • Discussion of LSN Contract Change Request at Slatt Site
  • Budget Calendar/Committee/Adoption
  • Request by Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Agency For Dispatch/9-1-1
  • Connectivity to Burns-Paiute Tribe
  •   Future Meeting Dates

The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).

3. Sherman County Emergency Services April Activity Report

~ Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

Sherman County Ambulance

April 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
4-04 9:25 PM Fall Down Stairs Wasco
4-05 4:06 PM Seizure and Unresponsive Giles French Park
4-09 6:40 AM Arm Pain Wasco
4-10 7:44 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 56
4/12 7:59 PM Hang Up Call Wasco
4/14 5:59 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  MP# 104
4/17 9:55 AM Chest Pain Moro
4/17 3:39 PM Arm Injury John Day Dam
4/17 10:05 PM Motor Vehicle Crash Bargeway Rd in Biggs
4/18 9:19 PM Assault Giles French Park
4/20 10:08 PM Smashed Hand in Door Pilot in Biggs
4/22 1:35 PM Lift Assist  Moro
4/22 6:31 PM Low Blood Sugar Grass Valley
4/26 5:26 PM Unresponsive Male Wasco

Moro Fire Department

April 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
04-18 5:55 AM Truck Brake Fire I-84  MP# 100

North Sherman County RFPD

April 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
4-04 8:04 PM Medical Assist Wasco
4-05 9:49 AM Grass Fire US 97  MP #21
4-09 6:54 AM Assist Ambulance Wasco
4-10 2:00 AM Chip Truck Fire Rufus
4-11 6:34 PM Motor Vehicle Crash Macnab Lane
4-14 5:59 PM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84  & US 97
4-17 10:05 PM Motor Vehicle Crash Bargeway Road in Biggs
4-17 3:39 PM Crushed Arm John Day Dam
4-17   Burn Complaint Wasco
4-25 3:53 PM Car Fire I-84  MP# 102.5
4-26 5:26 PM Medical Call Wasco

4. Sherman County Court Minutes & May 17 Agenda

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the April 19, 2017, regular session are now available on the county website at The most current draft agenda for May 17, 2017, is pictured below. Updates will be available on the website.

5. Outside Influence on Behavior

If you see something violent in a movie, video game or on TV and you imitate it- who is responsible? This is an interesting question, and one that bears some serious thought.

If a kidnapper imitates something she saw in a movie, are the moviemakers responsible for her actions? For a lot of people, that answer is “no.” If a murderer says he was inspired by something he saw on a TV show, is the TV show responsible? It’s a question that is being presented to juries these days. (If you are interested, check out “Twinkie Defense” on the internet.)

Should our entertainment media aim for high-quality productions that improve character and inspire us to live better lives? A lot of people would say “yes.” But the best way to ensure that this happens is to “vote with your feet” so to speak. In other words, refrain from buying products sponsoring shows that conflict with your moral values, and write to the sponsors telling them how you feel. Recent events have proven that this is an effective way to be heard.

The same goes for movies. Don’t plunk your money down at the box office if you’re concerned about the movie’s message, no matter how long the lines are to get in the door. And let’s not be confused about personal accountability, either. Except in the case of a genuine and serious mental illness, each of us is responsible for our own actions, no matter what the circumstances.

It does no one any good to blame a TV show, a movie, the media, the so-called “system,” or society in general for individual acts of violence or immorality. Personal accountability is the cornerstone of a healthy society just as it is an essential part of a healthy individual. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Stories & Songs, Celilo Falls & the Columbia River, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, May 31

Pendleton Bottling Co./Pepsi presents another program in the Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum series – “Stories & Songs”. On Wednesday, May 31, 5:30pm, at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, three Oregon Folklife Network culture keepers who are also closely associated with the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla will explore the traditions of Ncíwana, the big river, through songs and stories for a multi-generational audience from northeastern Oregon. Admission is free.

Fred Hill, Thomas Morning Owl, and Toby Patrick collectively have profound knowledge learned from their families about ceremonies such as “first fish”, self-regulation of fishing practices under the system of reciprocity, tribal songs and prayers about water and salmon and life, and the traditional tools and containers that river people, Wanapam, and first salmon people, Wykanashpam, created.

All three are master singers on both hand and big drum and participate in leadership of the Umatilla Longhouse. They each have prepared fish for feasts there as well. All of these men were schooled in Plateau cultural manufacture of goods for trade and practical use.

For audience members from the ‘greatest generation,’ Celilo Falls may be a real place in their memory. For the younger generation, it may be a place they’ve heard stories about from their families. But for today’s young people, the magnificent fishery is a myth, a legend, or an imaginary place.

The storytellers’ stories and songs have the power to bring to life what is often referred to as a “dead” river, now a series of reservoirs behind dams where once a ferocious yet benevolent force sustained Plateau peoples for millennia. The program will also make Celilo real again – for at least an hour or so.

Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, go to 

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

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