Sherman County eNews #148


  1. Frontier TeleNet board discusses policies for contracting, public records, record retention

  2. Expressing Yourself

  3. Sherman County, Memorial Day, Military, Obituary & Cemetery Records

  4. Sherman County Burn Ban in Effect Beginning June 1

  5. Angus “Doug” Douglas Tumilson 1946-2017

  6. New Homecare Worker Orientation – Statewide Schedule

  7. Wyden, Merkley, Walden Push FEMA for Transparency in Federal Disaster Declarations

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

1. Frontier TeleNet board discusses policies for contracting, public records, record retention

pencil.spiralFrom The Times-Journal, May 11, 2017, with permission:

Working from an agenda which was originally released with six items listed for discussion, then revised to include a seventh and the day of the meeting revised a third time to eventually contain 13 items, directors of Frontier TeleNet met Friday, May 5, at the courthouse in Condon for the second time this year.

Public comment included a long-standing request from Sherry Kaseberg of Wasco for a number of public records of Frontier TeleNet. The information was first requested last fall and has not yet been sent to her. Other public comment was relayed by Judge Steve Shaffer, who chairs the Frontier TeleNet board and who had received a phone call from Gilliam County resident Les Ruark concerned that board decisions are being made without quality information.

Kaseberg’s original request, first dated Oct. 20, 2016, was read into the record, requesting “all legal notices, requests for qualification/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.

“All legal notices, requests for qualifications/proposals, agreements and contracts regarding and/or between Rural Technology Group and Frontier TeleNet, Sherman County, Windwave Technologies, Inc. and/or Inland Development Corporation.”

Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson, a Frontier TeleNet board member, questioned what specifically Kaseberg was asking for.  Judge Shaffer indicated he wasn’t clear either. Frontier TeleNet staff Jeanne Burch indicated that she had sent some information to Kaseberg in October or November, and Frontier TeleNet manager Rob Myers indicated he had sent her information that he was comfortable sending without having a policy in place on the matter of releasing public records.

The matter of ‘public comment’ was left and the discussion moved on to agenda items that included a discussion of contracting and procurement rules, on a records request policy, and on records retention and location for storage, among others.

Frontier TeleNet directors voted to direct legal counsel to contact Speer Hoytt LLC, local government law group in Eugene, to develop contract and procurement policies for Frontier TeleNet.

Regarding the records request policy, Myers indicated he had sent information to the board previously and, asked to capsulize the information, said he would leave that to legal counsel. No copies of the information were available for the meeting.

Attorney Will Carey summarized the process, noting that if an entity has questions about what records can be released, the entity can request legal counsel on the matter, who may or may not recommend releasing the information. If legal counsel does not recommend releasing the records, the requester may take the request to the District Attorney. If the District Attorney rules that the entity should release the records, but the entity disagrees, then the request can go to the Circuit Court. If the requester is successful in Circuit Court, the entity is required to pay for attorney fees.

In the case of Sherry Kaseberg’s request, the request is at the District Attorney level. Kaseberg had requested that the District Attorney’s from Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties all respond as Frontier TeleNet is a consortium of the three counties.

Myers indicated that he had spoken to the District Attorneys, that “they are all aware of what’s going on,” and one had replied indicating that Frontier TeleNet “was making an effort to comply with her request.”

Attorney Carey indicated that he had prepared the records request rules, but there were no copies available for review at Friday’s meeting. The policy will be sent again to board members and put on the agenda for further discussion at Frontier TeleNet’s next board meeting.

It was noted that Myers would be retiring from the position as general manager of Frontier TeleNet at the end of the fiscal year, and the discussion went to the need for a common storage location for the entity’s records, and perhaps an office space. The board agreed that the records could be stored at the Gilliam County Courthouse while the discussion of permanent record storage continues.

It was suggested that records begin to be digitized to reduce storage issues, and also that Frontier TeleNet agendas and meeting minutes be placed on a web site. No formal decisions were made.

Discussion also included Frontier TeleNet’s contract with Light Speed Network, access to Frontier TeleNet sites, the possibility of connecting the Paiute Tribe at Burns for Frontier Regional 9-1-1 services, and the merger of Frontier Digital Network with Frontier TeleNet. These discussions will continue at the next Frontier TeleNet board meeting, which is scheduled for Friday, June 2, at the North Central ESD Building in Condon. A budget meeting will start at 9 a.m. and a board meeting will start at 10 a.m.

Directors also approved contracting again with Oster Professional Group CPAs for audit services.

2. Expressing Yourself

Have you ever heard it said that someone has “the gift of gab?” Do you believe that verbal ability is a gift – something some were born with? How easy is it for you to express yourself in words? Do you have any trouble doing it in front of a group? Do you believe that some people just have the gift of gab while others don’t – and that’s that?

The truth is, the ability to express yourself in language and the ability to speak in front of a group are learned skills, just like pretty much everything else in life. Think back for a moment. Were you encouraged to express yourself as a child? Or were you told that children should be seen and not heard? Did your teachers encourage you to talk or did they try to keep you quiet as much as possible? In other words, did you have a patient and sympathetic audience to help you learn?

Effective speaking to others or to a group is a skill that is learned, step by step. It is built on understanding the subject, experience, and on realizing that the anxiety you feel doesn’t mean you don’t have the ability, but rather that you don’t have the practice.

If you’d like to improve your ability to express yourself, there is something that you can do. You can use goal-setting, mental and physical rehearsals, and positive affirmations to help. And you can begin building your confidence by taking small steps toward your goal.

Watch people who do it well and learn from them. Watching Ted Talks can provide a wealth of opportunities to learn how others approach their subject matter and their audiences. The most important thing, though, is to believe that you have enormous potential for growth in this area, if you will only act on that belief. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Sherman County, Memorial Day, Military, Obituary & Cemetery Records

flag.verticalMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

Sherman County, Oregon – A History Collection provides a search tool, the little magnifying glass in the upper right corner of cemetery and obituary records.

A 1965 survey of Sherman County cemeteries is posted here: Veterans are noted with a star in these records.

Obituaries transcribed from Sherman County’s microfilmed newspapers are being posted here:

4. Sherman County Burn Ban in Effect Beginning June 1

Due to extreme fire danger conditions, the burn ban is in effect as of June 1, 2017 for Moro Fire District and North Sherman Fire District, which include the cities of Moro, Rufus and Wasco.

This includes burn barrels, incinerators and agricultural burning.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sherman County Emergency Services 541-565-3100

5. Angus “Doug” Douglas Tumilson 1946-2017

flower.rose.starAngus Douglas “Doug” Tumilson was born March 3, 1946, in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada, the only child of Milt and Stella (McInnes) Tumilson, and died May 10, 2017, near The Dalles, Ore., as the result of a motorcycle accident caused by a health emergency.

In 1954, he moved with his parents from Canada to Biggs, Ore., and then Rufus, Ore., before moving to The Dalles in 1957, where his parents and Miles McKay operated Milt and Miles Richfield, located at third and Lincoln.

He attended school in Rufus, Chenoweth, and at The Dalles Junior High, and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1964. In 1965, he enlisted in the Navy, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1969. He became a United States citizen in 1967. Upon returning home from the service, he worked with his parents at Milt’s Richfield and AAA Towing.

Along with his wife, Barbara, he opened Tumilson Saddlery (later Tumilson Saddlery and Hobby) which operated from 1976 until 1990. In 1983, he returned to work at the service station until it was sold in 1995. He continued to operate the tow trucks until his retirement a few years ago.

He married Barbara Wantulok on May 1, 1971, in The Dalles and they had two children, Mark and Julie. He had numerous hobbies, including team roping, remote controlled boats and planes, golf, motorcycles and kayaking. He loved visiting Kauai. He was a past member of the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association and The Dalles Country Club. He had been a member of First Christian Church, and was a recent regular attender at Redeemer Church in Portland.

He is survived by wife Barbara; son Mark and wife Jennifer of Bend, Ore.; daughter Julie and husband Vince Donivan of Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren, Alexandra and Quentin Tumilson, and Eli, Ethan and Grace Donivan; and several cousins in Canada.

Doug loved his wife and family, and enjoyed every moment he spent with his grandchildren. He liked being around people, never knew a stranger, was comfortable talking to everyone and was a friend to many.

He was a 20-year survivor of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. For the past three years he was living with serious heart problems. Memorials may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oregon; Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation Heart and Vascular; or a charity of your choice.
Graveside services were held Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at the IOOF Cemetery on Cherry Heights in The Dalles, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at First Christian Church, 8th and Court, The Dalles. Spencer Libby & Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

6. New Homecare Worker Orientation – Statewide Schedule

Oregon.Flat.poleOregon Department of Human Services

Homecare Worker Career Flyer

Aging & People with Disabilities and the Oregon Home Care Commission have launched a new website so that individuals seeking to join the homecare workforce can easily find and register to attend a “New Worker Orientation” in their local community.

One of the strategic goals of the Oregon Home Care Commission is to attract a committed and diverse homecare workforce to meet the specific needs of Oregonians who are older adults and people with disabilities.

Homecare workers provide in-home services for consumers who are eligible for publicly funded in-home programs. Individuals desiring to join this workforce should have the following skills and abilities: excellent communication; attention to detail; flexibility; problem-solving; and the ability to follow directions. They should also exhibit respect for others and have a passion for helping people.

The benefits of joining the homecare workforce include: paid time off; health insurance; workers’ compensation; paid trainings; and opportunities for career advancement.

To find and register for a New Worker Orientation near you click on this link:

The Oregon Home Care Commission is responsible for ensuring the quality of home care services that are funded by the Department of Human Services Aging& People with Disabilities program. The Commission’s duties and responsibilities include addressing the needs of persons with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, their family members, and personal support workers while fulfilling its mission. To learn more about the Oregon Home Care Commission:

7. Wyden, Merkley, Walden Push FEMA for Transparency in Federal Disaster Declarations 

American flag2Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both D-Ore., and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., today pushed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be more transparent when it comes to the agency’s process for granting federal disaster declarations. The lawmakers’ push follows FEMA’s denial of Oregon’s request for a federal disaster declaration that would bring much-needed relief to communities hit by severe winter weather in January.

A federal disaster declaration would allow local governments and residents to seek federal aid to recover from dangerous winter weather that led to more than $17 million in damages. Wyden, Merkley and Walden also pushed FEMA to improve communication with regional offices about new policies that may affect states’ disaster declaration requests.

“We write you with great concern over the recent denial of Oregon’s request for a major disaster declaration as a result of the succession of severe winter snow and weather events occurring from January 7 through 20,” they wrote in today’s letter to Acting FEMA Administrator Robert Fenton. “These storms had devastating effects on Oregon’s economy, and hit small rural communities especially hard.”

On March 9, Oregon Governor Kate Brown requested a federal disaster declaration for 10 Oregon counties, including Baker, Columbia, Curry, Deschutes Hood River, Josephine, Malheur, Multnomah, Union and Washington.  The lawmakers wrote in support of the state’s request on March 16. Brown announced the state would appeal the disaster declaration denial.

“Oregon has a long history of successfully working with FEMA after weather disasters,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter to FEMA Acting Administrator Robert Fenton. “It is in this spirit that we encourage you to increase transparency and improve your communication and support to rural communities that have already struggled greatly to recover from this severe weather event.” 

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