Sherman County eNews #226


  1. All County Prayer Meeting in Rufus, Aug. 2

  2. Sherman County Fair Date Change for 4-H Static Exhibit Judging

  3. Prevent Heat Related Illness by Staying Cool, Hydrated and Informed!

  4. 4-H Exchange Student from Japan in Sherman County

  5. Measuring Your Own Success

  6. OP-ED: “Making bipartisan progress on safe drinking water”

  7. Free Pheasant Hunts for Oregon Youth

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

1. All County Prayer Meeting in Rufus, Aug. 2

All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday August 2 @ the Rufus Baptist Church.

Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Praying starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting as we pray for our county.

2. Sherman County Fair Date Change for 4-H Static Exhibit Judging, Aug. 22

4-H clover1Due to the potential for problems with traffic and cell phones during the eclipse, the Sherman 4-H office announces a date change for the Sherman County Fair schedule.  The 4-H static exhibit judging has been moved from Monday, August 21 to Tuesday, August 22 at 9am at the 4-H pavilion.  Participants will be receiving a letter with additional schedule information. 

The 4-H Horse Show schedule is unchanged for Tuesday August 22 at 10:00am.  

3. Prevent Heat Related Illness by Staying Cool, Hydrated and Informed!

Sun-SoleWith record-high temperatures predicted this week, North Central Public Health District wants to remind you to Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated and Stay Informed.

Excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather related events in this country. Heat related illness can affect anyone at any age; please pay special attention to the tips below if you are over 65 years of age, or if you have existing medical problems like heart disease, if you work outdoors, or if you care for children under the age of four. Heat-related illness is preventable, here are some helpful tips:

Stay Cool

 Find air-conditioned shelter

 Avoid direct sunlight

 Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing

 Take cool showers or baths

 Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device

Stay Hydrated

 Drink more water than usual

 Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids

 Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar

 Remind others to drink enough water

Stay Informed

 Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips

 Learn the symptoms of heat illness

Please also remember that you should NEVER leave children or pets alone in a vehicle.

To learn more about preventing heat-related illness, as well as the signs and symptoms of heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, please see the attached Red Cross Heat Wave Safety Checklist and visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Oregon Health Authority:

National Weather Service (enter your city & state to get a weather forecast):


For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the web at

4. 4-H Exchange Student from Japan in Sherman County

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Sherman County 4-H is hosting an exchange student from Japan this coming academic year.  Mana Chamoto, age 15, will be staying with the Melissa Montesanti family in Wasco.  She is from the city of Tokushima, which is the capital city of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku island in Japan.  The population of her city Tokushima is 258,237, with a population density of 1,400 persons per km.  She is will be living in Sherman County in a town with a population of 400, in a county with 1700 persons and a population density of 2.1 inhabitants per square mile (0.81/km2).

Mana will be attending Sherman Junior/Senior High School in Moro, and her host family plans for her to get involved in a variety of school activities including sports and 4-H leadership activities.  The Montesantis are excited to host Mana and have plans to share their home, community, state and lifestyle with her during her stay.  Since her arrival on July 29, they have already taken her to the Hood River County Fair to sample the foods, see the sights, enjoy the carnival and listen to country music.  She will be participating in a Sherman 4-H Teen Leadership Team activity this week involving aerial adventures and team building training. 

As this is a 4-H program, exchange students follow the 4-H Code of Conduct, participate in 4-H activities especially leadership and public speaking, and perform community service.  This exchange is coordinated by Oregon State University’s Global Citizenship Program, through the 4-H International Exchange Programs based in Seattle WA.  Mana is coming to the U.S. through the Labo International Exchange Foundation.

Please help welcome Mana Chamoto to the U.S.A.!

5. Measuring Your Own Success

Most people want to succeed, but whose version of “success” is the best choice? How do you measure your success? How do you know when you have really accomplished something that counts?

Success on other people’s terms may only mean frustration for you, and doing the so-called “right thing” just because you have been told it’s the right thing won’t help, either. If we measure our success by goals that others think worthwhile instead of by our own personal standards, we will wind up in trouble.

Personal growth and fulfillment must start with the centered self, and depend on clear personal values and self-knowledge if they are to be sustained. Measuring our success by other people’s values prevents us from recognizing many of our own significant accomplishments. We wind up denying our own unique talents and abilities.

You know, you are not on earth to measure up to someone else’s expectations, but you are here to develop your potential – in the direction and degree that you choose. It is your responsibility, though, to equip yourself to make wise choices – choices that will help you develop and feel good about yourself and your contributions. Now, it is fine to ask others for advice or information, but in the final analysis, the decision must be yours.

When you count your successes, you build self-confidence and your own sense of efficacy – your appraisal of your ability to cause things to happen for you and the world around you. Your life isn’t a measure of someone else’s success. It’s a measure of your own. ~The Pacific Institute

6. OP-ED: “Making bipartisan progress on safe drinking water”

American flag2By Rep. Greg Walden

All of us in Oregon and across the country deserve access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s why the Energy and Commerce Committee — where I serve as Chairman — just passed bipartisan legislation to modernize the nation’s drinking water infrastructure.

Today, drinking water flows to our homes and businesses through more than one million miles of pipes operated by both publicly and privately-owned water systems. Many of these pipes were laid in the early to mid-20th century with an expected lifespan of 75 to 100 years. In fact, some communities in Oregon still rely on wood stave water pipes that are reaching the end of their life. While in most places, drinking water quality remains high, we also have seen horrible problems from Flint, Michigan to drinking fountains in Oregon schools.

Our legislation focuses on addressing drinking water systems’ physical needs, aiding states and utilities with compliance and operation of the drinking water program, and encouraging the wisest use of money that is spent.

For the last 20 years, Congress has helped drinking water delivery systems meet the challenge of providing consumers with safe and affordable water through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).  From the end of 1997 through 2016, Oregon has received more than  $274 million in grants to help improve the safety and quality of tap water, comply with drinking water rules and reporting requirements, and give a helping hand to the most economically distressed communities struggling to provide their residents safe drinking water. This fiscal year, Oregon is set to receive nearly $12 million in funding to improve its water systems.

Many rural communities across Oregon struggle with failing infrastructure and a limited ability to afford these increasingly costly projects. They turn to the DWSRF for help.  In Malheur County, rural communities such as Vale and Nyssa are completing new water treatment and storage facilities to bring safe drinking water to their residents. In Umatilla County, the city of Pendleton is upgrading more than  30 miles of water lines that are nearly a century old — Mayor John Turner said this project would be impossible without the program.

Our bill, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act, continues those important investments and authorizes $8 billion over five years for the DWSRF while also expanding the number of ways in which the fund can be used to improve delivery systems. In fact, we’re authorizing an increase of $350 million in funding for next year from which states such as Oregon could benefit.

Perhaps most important is how the bill looks to the future, using smart-technology to monitor drinking water quality in real-time. This allows us to better prevent, detect, or rapidly respond to contaminants in our water systems. The ability to have up-to-the-minute information helps ensure water is safe and clean, system leaks and recent contamination are identified quickly, and the accuracy and availability of compliance data is maintained. We also included a program to help our schools replace drinking fountains that might contain lead.

These are just some of the highlights of the bill.  As this measure heads to the House for a vote, I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure it passes and we do our part to make sure the water Americans drink is safe. 

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, represents Oregon’s second congressional district, which includes 20 counties in central, southern and eastern Oregon.

7. Free Pheasant Hunts for Oregon Youth

SALEM, Ore.—Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can sign up now for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state in September.

The events are being held in Baker City, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Irrigon/Umatilla, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland, The Dalles (Tygh Valley). See dates below and register online (see Register for a Class/Youth Upland Hunts), at a license sales agent or at an ODFW office that sells licenses. Note that the Ladd Marsh and Fern Ridge hunts do not require advance registration.

ODFW and partners stock pheasants at these special hunts that give youth a head start on regular pheasant seasons, which don’t begin until October. Quail and dove can also be hunted. Volunteers often bring their trained hunting dogs to hunt with participants. Some events begin with a shotgun skills clinic, so participants can practice clay target shooting before hunting.

These events are only open to youth who have passed hunter education. (ODFW has many hunter education classes and field days available before the events.) An adult 21 years of age or older must accompany the youth to supervise but may not hunt.
“If your child made it through hunter education but is still new to the sport, this is a great way to get them started,” says James Reed, ODFW hunter education coordinator. “These events happen before regular pheasant seasons open and are a great opportunity for kids to get out hunting.”

ODFW stresses safety during the hunts. Both hunter and supervisor must wear a hunter orange hat, eye protection and a hunter orange vest—equipment provided by ODFW at the clinics to anyone who doesn’t have it. Hunters also need to check in and out of the hunt.

The hunts are free, though participants need a valid hunting license ($10 for youth 12 and older, free for age 11 and under) to hunt. Youth hunters age 12-17 also need an upland game bird validation ($4). Purchase online, at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses. Licenses and validations will not be sold at the events.

While most areas have a hunt both Saturday and Sunday, youth hunters may only sign up for one hunt. They are welcome to hunt stand by on the other day.
See the links below (from for more details including who to contact for more information.

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Sherman County eNews #225


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week

  2. Sherman County Fair Entries: Who, Where, When & it’s Free!

  3. Drive with caution! Slow-moving wheat trucks are on the road!

  4. Grand-parenting From A Distance

  5. Travel Oregon: Get Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse in 2017

  6. A solar eclipse is coming to America. Here’s what you’ll see where you live.

  7. ODOT urges travelers not to pop in and out of #OReclipse

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

1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.

Tuesday, August 1 at 10am – Summer Reading Program
0-4 Construction Zone
5+ Tower Power/On a Roll

Wednesday, August 2 at 10am – Summer Reading Program Finale
Christopher Leebrick Storytelling
National award-winning Storyteller Christopher Leebrick has enthralled audiences with his remarkable storytelling ability since the age of thirteen. He has performed from coast to coast at festivals, theaters, concert halls, schools, libraries and campfires.

Thursday, August 3 at 11:00am – Baby Lap-Sit Story Time
Come build early literacy skills with your little one as we read a story, sing songs, and play games like “peek-a-boo.”

Thursday, August 3 at 6:00pm – Game Night
Come join us for game night, ages 10 and up.

2. Sherman County Fair Entries: Who, Where, When & it’s Free!

Wheat, Wind & Waves!

Who can enter?  Anyone from age 1 and up. One must be a resident of the United States.  Some special contests are only available to Sherman Co. residents.

When do you enter?  Wednesday August 23, 2017 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Bring your items to the Sherman County Fairgrounds at 66147 Lonerock Road in Moro Oregon.

What can you enter?  Just about anything >> Baked goods, barley, beer, ceramics, chickens, a collection, crocheting, dried fruits or herbs, ducks, flowers, hay, home canning, house plants, knitting, leather craft, macramé, needlework, painting, sewing, soap, sewing, taking pictures, vegetables, wheat, wine.

What can kids enter in the “Kid’s Corner?”   Cookies, candy, cake that they baked.  A holiday decoration, a garden vegetable, a house plant, a sewing project, a collection or an object of art made from recycled materials.  Don’t forget about the coloring contest!!

More details and class info can be found in our 2017 Premium book or at our web site. 

3. Drive with caution! Slow-moving wheat trucks are on the road!


Be mindful of slow-moving wheat trucks that may be just around the corner

in Biggs Canyon/Spanish Hollow on Hwy. 97


on Hwy. 206 in Fulton Canyon!

Cyclists are encouraged to avoid harvest market roads.

Please keep all vehicles on paved roads to prevent field fires.

~ Peter W. Murphy, Public Information Officer

ODOT Region 4 Bend, Oregon  541-388-6224

4. Grand-parenting From A Distance

seniorMaPaIt’s tough to be a good grandparent when your grandchildren are many miles away – but it can be done. Long-distance grand-parenting takes some special attention and creativity if it is to result in the kind of close feelings that transcend miles on the map. Here are some distance-solving tips for you that will help.

First, make the most of the mail. It’s fine if the letters are brief, as long as they are frequent. While you are waiting for food at a restaurant, write a note on the paper place mat and send it, or clippings of cartoons that make your grandchild smile. Use colorful stickers and stamps, and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if it will speed a response. Regular “snail” mail may be old-fashioned, but there is something special about finding a letter in the mailbox.

E-mail and texting have quickly become wonderful ways to maintain a day-to-day relationship. A quick message every morning, or one that has arrived by the time your grandchild returns home from school, makes a positive impact. They will look forward to them. You are never too old to learn, and texting quick messages or sending e-cards to your grandchildren creates a vital connection.  As the Baby Boomer generation actively embraces grandparenthood, they also have the computer skills to creatively keep contact with grandchildren geographically far away.

Video conferencing is terrific, and getting easier by the day. So much can now be done via video emails! Record a favorite children’s story to be played at bedtime, or a one-of-a-kind message filled with love and your special self-esteem building assurances. These days, you can even read the bedtime story directly to your grandchildren via Skype!

The point is, “be there” for your grandchildren, even if you can’t be there with them. Celebrate their successes, while you create special days just for them. You will never regret it, and they will love you for it – forever.

5. Travel Oregon: Get Ready for the Total Solar Eclipse in 2017

eclipse1One of nature’s most incredible — and rarest — sights is coming to Oregon. On August 21, 2017, the state will be treated to a total solar eclipse, a rare celestial event in which the moon passes in front of the sun and completely blocks its light, briefly turning daytime into twilight. Mark your calendar now, because the next opportunity to view a total solar eclipse from Oregon won’t occur for nearly 100 years.

What is a total solar eclipse? A total solar eclipse can only be seen from within a relatively narrow strip of the Earth’s surface known as the path of totality. Within this region — which is only about 90 miles wide — the sun appears to be completely eclipsed by the moon, and the moon’s shadow on the Earth plunges observers into twilight for several minutes. In this temporary twilight, known as totality, temperatures drop and stars become visible. Observers on either side of the path of totality see only a partial solar eclipse, in which the moon somewhat blocks the sun but daylight still persists.

Where can I experience it? Cities closest to the path of totality have the best viewing opportunities. On August 21, 2017, the path of totality will begin in the remote Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii and first make landfall on the Oregon Coast, just north of Depoe Bay, at 10:15 a.m. From there the moon’s shadow will race east toward Salem, where the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing party at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Thousands of people are expected to turn out to celebrate the roughly two-minute-long totality in Salem, Oregon’s capital and the largest city in the path of totality. A number of viewing events are being offered in the Salem area at area vineyards, the Oregon State Capitol and more. Continuing east, the shadow of the moon will pass over Madras (where Oregon Solarfest will celebrate), Mitchell (near where Symbiosis and Oregon Star Party will host special viewing events), John Day and Baker City (where the Geiser Grand Hotel will host a special talk with space scientists). Due to the rapid movement of the moon around the Earth, the moon’s shadow will traverse the entire state of Oregon in only 12 minutes.


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7. ODOT urges travelers to not pop in and out of #OReclipse

eclipse2It’s not a game day: Treat the 3-hour eclipse like a 3-DAY event

Experts say up to one million people may enter the path of totality across Oregon to view the Aug. 21 eclipse. Travelers who treat this once-in-a-generation event like a college football game day—arriving just beforehand and leaving immediately afterwards—might be in for some serious interstellar shock. There could be thousands—or tens of thousands—of other travelers doing the same thing.

Please don’t do that. Build breathing space into your travel plans.

Visit to view about 400 highway cameras and check out your planned travel route in real time. Visit for #OReclipse travel tips.

  • Arrive early: Don’t be late for your very important date.
  • Stay put: Once you arrive, help other travelers by staying off the road.
  • Leave late: ODOT predicts skyrocketing congestion immediately after the eclipse when many travelers head home. Beat the congestion somewhere cool and comfortable.
  • This is not a game day: Treat this 3-hour event like a 3-DAY event.

ODOT will manage the state highway system as much as possible to try to accommodate the increased number of travelers. Incident response crews will park at strategic locations along many highways to help people and move vehicles causing backups. ODOT does not plan to close any state highway. But sheer traffic volume could still overwhelm the system.

You can help. Plan your journey to avoid the busiest expected periods of traffic (Sunday and Monday). If you’re on the road when the eclipse takes place, play it safe! Don’t stop on the highway or shoulder to view the eclipse. Don’t block traffic or walk into travel lanes. If another person’s eyes are on the sky, they won’t see you. And don’t wear your eclipse glasses while driving!

Plan to have a good time in Oregon viewing the eclipse. Plan ahead, so you will.

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

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Sherman County eNews #224


  1. Sherman County Court Notice & Agenda, Aug. 2

  2. Sherman County Fair: Two-Man Ranch Sorting Contests

  3. ‘Frontier’ directors approve contract renewals, will negotiate costs of AOC services, Motorola contract

  4. UNAPPROVED Minutes of Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting, July 21

  5. UNAPPROVED Minutes of Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, July 21

  6. Let Your Mind Off Its Leash

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

“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

1. Sherman County Court Notice & Agenda, Aug. 2

The Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at  10:00 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at


2. Sherman County Fair: Two-Man Ranch Sorting Contests, Aug. 25

Two-Man Ranch Sorting Contests

Friday, August 25 7:00 pm


Sherman County Fairgrounds


 Open: Anybody of any level.

 Pro/Novice: One open rider & one rider that has NOT won money in sorting event

 Family: spouse, child, grandchild, aunt, uncle, sibling.

 Draw pot: put your name in & we’ll draw your partner.

Entry Fee: $40 per team

4 Ride limit per class. Must change one rider per entry.

 CTPA Rules

 1 go round with top 10% to finals.

 Added Money & Prizes

Registration & Questions:

Carrie Kaseberg


3. ‘Frontier’ directors approve contract renewals, will negotiate costs of AOC services, Motorola contract 

Posted with permission of The Times-Journal, July 27, 2017:

Directors and others associated and contracting with and interested in the business of the Frontier Digital Network and Frontier Telenet met last Friday morning, July 21, at the courthouse in Condon.  Directors of the entities include Gilliam County Judge Steve Shaffer, chair, Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson and Wheeler County Judge Lynn Morley. 

After minutes and financial reports were approved by the directors, the discussion went to the matter of the resignation Jeanne Burch, who has been contracting with the two ORS 190 entities for secretarial duties. She had tendered her resignation at a June meeting, but directors did not act on the resignation.

Burch indicated that she was concerned about liability issues and the matter of insurance was discussed and if it could be offered to those working under contract with the entity. Judge Gary Thompson indicated that normally a contracted person is responsible for their own insurance, but there were no answers offered at the table other than the matter will be passed on to City County Insurance Services, the insurance company which insures all three counties.  Meanwhile, Burch will stay on as secretary for the two entities through the completion of the audit.

Judge Steve Shaffer read a letter that had been received from Les Ruark, unable to attend the meeting, indicating concern about the public’s knowledge, or lack of knowledge, of the matters to be decided and strongly encouraging the directors to withhold final action on the contracts and duties of contractors, the matter of the Frontier Digital Network and Frontier Telenet merger, the matter of contract compensation increases, the audit contract and any decisions regarding the proposal from the Association of Oregon Counties. 

Judge Morley responded to the letter stating that “We have to move forward, I’ve read the ORS and public meetings laws. We’re doing nothing wrong.”

Judge Thompson responded saying, “It’s disruptive.” 

Judge Shaffer responded saying, “The contracts are legitimate; there have been no changes of scope and they’re doing what we’ve asked.”

Regarding contract renewals, it was noted that the Frontier Digital Network/Frontier Telenet contracts with Day Wireless renew automatically, but dates of the renewals, but no one could say what dates the contracts renewed.

The contract with general manager/lobbyist Rob Myers ended in June with his retirement, but subsequently during the meeting, directors agreed to hire Myers back on an hourly basis as needed, at $40 per hour. 

Also subsequently in the meeting, directors approved the contract renewal with Mike Smith, doing business as Connections, LLC, as marketing director with a $500 a month increase in monthly contract payments, bringing that monthly total to $6,750. Directors also officially approved renewing the contract with Jeannie Burch for secretarial services with an increase of $800 per month, bringing that total to $1,800 per month, pending the resolution of the insurance coverage issue.

Continuing the discussion regarding assistance from Association of Oregon Counties in guiding the leadership of the two Frontier entities on matters of structure, public engagement, governance, communications and other public body matters, directors questioned the costs associated with the AOC proposal and the need for the assistance. AOC’s cost for the assistance would be $17,000 for the 15-20 interviews and studies to be done over a three-month period. 

Judge Morley questioned if the assistance “is really necessary.” 

Directors agreed to negotiate a lower price for the service. 

Also struck by the price of a new four-year Service Update Agreement with Motorola for digital switch components, directors agreed to negotiate further with Motorola before signing the contract. A four-year contract just concluding has called for payments of $190,000 a year. The new contract calls for payments of $230,000 per year. A deadline to sign the new contract is Aug. 31. 

Regarding the pending merger of Frontier Digital Network with Frontier Telenet, the by-laws of the entities had not been referred to determine if a merger or dissolution process was already spelled out. But it was suggested at the meeting by legal counsel Will Carey that, rather than a merger, Frontier Digital Network be dissolved and its assets be transferred to Frontier Telenet. 

Developed originally for specific purposes, the functions of Frontier Digital

Network and Frontier Telenet are more closely the same, eliminating the need for two separate entities.  While Mike Smith suggested that the change would not need to be approved by each of the three county courts, it was subsequently agreed that the change would need to be ratified by Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman county courts.

In other matters, Frontier Digital Network and Frontier Telenet directors:

— agreed to look into developing a website, which is expected to cost under $10,000.

— heard Judge Morley report that the state legislature had approved the change in Wheeler County’s plan to expand broadband in the county using the existing wireless system.

— heard Mike Smith report that an agreement had been signed with the landowner where a new tower will be installed to better serve Cottonwood Canyon State Park area, but talks continue on the size of the tower needed.

— approved a letter of engagement and contract with the Oster Professional Group for audit preparation, which is already in progress.

— agreed to send out a request for proposals for the project to install fiber line from Wasco to Rufus on behalf of Sherman County, pending legal counsel approval.

— approved a contract with the Burns-Paiute Tribe for services of Frontier Telenet and request for alternative options for connection.

— heard that Frontier Digital Network and Frontier Telenet records have been moved from the home of Rob Myers to the courthouse.

— approved a cap of $5,000 on spending for Mike Smith, marketing director, without prior authorization of the board chair, and up to $10,000 with board chair approval.

— approved allowing Light Speed Network to collocate broadband connections at Frontier Telenet facility at Slatt substation near Arlington, pending approval of legal counsel and the land owner where the facility is located.

— heard Judge Gary Thompson ask that board members speak with Sherman County commissioners Tom McCoy and Joe Dabulskis “to educate them” the functions and importance of the two Frontier entities. 

Frontier Digital Network and Frontier Telenet directors will meet again in public session Friday, August 18, 9 a.m. at the courthouse in Condon.

4. UNAPPROVED Minutes of Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting, July 21



JULY 21, 2017


         The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Frontier Digital Network was called to order by Chairman Judge Steve Shaffer at 9:16 AM.  This meeting held in the Courtroom of the Gilliam County Courthouse in Condon, Oregon.

         Directors Present:  Judge Steve Shaffer, Judge Gary Thompson and Judge Lynn Morley. Also Present:  Mac Stinchfield, Todd Cox, Steve Wynn, Elizabeth Farrar, Kathryn Greiner, Rachel Weinstein, Will Carey, Mike Smith, Rob Myers and Jeanne Burch.

         Public Input/Comment:  None

         Directors’ Changes or Additions to Agenda:  Merger Conversation between Frontier Digitial Network and Frontier Telenet.

         Minutes:  Minutes of June 16, 2017 meeting reviewed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve minutes as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Financial Statement:  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve Financial Statement for June 2017.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         The resignation of Jeanne Burch:  Board has not accepted resignation.  Jeanne stated she is still concerned about liability and Steve Shaffer reported that he has been trying to contact City County Insurance to inquire about the coverage for contractors.  This item tabled until further information is received.  Jeanne is willing to stay on until this matter is resolved and fiscal year audit is complete.

         Review of Existing Contracts and Duties of Contractors.  Mike Smith is working with Rob Myers to review the existing contracts and renewal requirements.

         Cottonwood Tower Contract:  This item is a Frontier Telenet Agenda Item.  No action in this meeting.

         Wheeler County Wireless Project:  This item is a Frontier Telenet Agenda Item.  No action in this meeting.

         Association of Oregon Counties (AOC)  Assistance Contract:  Judge Shaffer reported he has received communication from Greg Wolf, who works for AOC, regarding assisting in organizing Frontier Digital Network and Frontier Telenet.  Contract quote is for $17,000.00 and Steve Shaffer feels this is very high.  Steve Shaffer asked for direction from Board.  Gary Thompson believes it is way too high considering the size of these organizations.  Lynn Morley stated he does not think it is  necessary to spend this kind of money on this type of project.  Steve Shaffer asked for direction and it was decided this item will be discussed in the Frontier TeleNet meeting.

Website and Other Social Media:  Mike Smith reported he has been trying to find a web site developer.  Elizabeth Farrar is too busy with other projects to do this one.  Mike asked the board to give him direction on how they wish him to proceed.  The board directed that Mike should get three quotes and bring back to the next Frontier Digital Network or Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting.

         SUA II Motorola Service Contract Proposal:  This contract is for the digital switch and components.  There is a substantial increase.  Mike Smith stated he needs more time to get this in place.  Day Wireless stated there is a substantial increase in cost and pointed out that maintenance services are on top of this cost.  It was also noted that this was negotiated down to $230,000.00 from $300,000.00.  This offer will expire on August 31, 2017.

         Discussion and Approval on possible contractors compensation increases.  This item will be discussed in Frontier Telenet Board Meeting.

         Audit Contract and Engagement Letter:  Jeanne Burch reported that the Oster Professional Services contract for fiscal year auditing had gone astray and that a signed contract and engagement agreement needs to be sent to Oster.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve Oster Professional Services engagement letter and audit contract for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Public Input/Comment-None

         Next Meeting:  August 18, 2017 in Sherman County at 9 AM.

         There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:05 AM

Respectfully Submitted:

Jeanne E. Burch

Frontier Digital Network Staff

5.UNAPPROVED Minutes of Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, July 21 



JULY 21, 2017


         The regular meeting of the Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting was called to order by Judge Steve Shaffer at 10:06 AM.  This meeting held in the Courtroom of the Gilliam County Courthouse in Condon, Oregon.

         Board of Directors Present:  Judge Steve Shaffer, Judge Gary Thompson and Judge Lynn Morley

         Also Present:  Todd Cox and Steve Wynn, Day Wireless Systems, Mac Stinchfield, Times- Journal Newspaper, Kathryn Greiner, City of Condon, Rachel Weinstein, Giliam County Community Development, Will Carey, Legal Counsel, Elizabeth Farrar, Rob Myers, Mike Smith and Jeanne Burch.

         Directors’ Changes or Additions to Agenda:  None

         Minutes:  Minutes for June 16, 2017 and June 29, 2017 (Special Meeting) reviewed by Directors.  Steve Shaffer noted his name is misspelled once in the June 29, 2017 minutes.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve minutes of June 16, 2017 and June 29, 2017 minutes with correction.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Financials:  June Financial Statement reviewed.  Mike Smith discussed pricing structure and bandwidth expense.  Mike Smith and Rob Myers will be meeting to review contracts and pricing.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve June Financial Statement as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Resignation of Jeanne Burch:  Jeanne Burch stated she is still very concerned about liability insurance for contracted services.  Steve Shaffer has been trying to reach City County Insurance about this issue and will contact agent, John Anderson of Wheatland Insurance.  This item tabled until information is received.

         Review of Existing Contracts, Contractors and Duties of Contractors.  A lengthy discussion held on contracting goals and what is needed in the contract renewals.  It was agreed that marketing is very important.  A question had been raised by outside entities if the $52,000.00 in additional revenue has been achieved by marketing director.  The following was reported:  Burns Tribe an additional $60,000.00.  $265,000.00 from the State of Oregon for the digital switch.  Presently negotiating e-rate renewal and Harney and Lake Counties are in negotiation for services.  Goals of $52,000.00 met as over $325,000.00 have been brought in as of now.


         Letter from Les Ruark:  Mr. Ruark requested the following letter be read into the record:

“For the Record.

“20 July 2017

“Steve Shaffer, Chair

“Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors

“Condon, Oregon


         “For the record, I respectfully request there be no final action taken Friday by Frontier TeleNet’s board on agenda items 7, 8, definitely 17, and 18 (the latter item pending the specifics to be determined of the proposed AOC assessment and its resulting MOU).

         “To move forward on either of these significant and substantive matters (certainly and especially items 7 and 17) without first having provided the record-building agenda support material for each (of which none has been readily made available to date, that I’m aware of), and in turn providing a fair and truly meaningful opportunity for interested persons (aka the public) to access this record and subsequently weigh in on it, would be to unduly, purposefully, and unnecessarily, leave meaningful solicitation and serious consideration of public comment by the wayside.

         “With regard to the AOC proposal to conduct an assessment of Frontier TeleNet’s past and current work, and facilitate the forging of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reflecting how to proceed with the results of that assessment, as I’ve previously indicated, I certainly support putting this collective effort in place and as quickly as possible.

         “Nonetheless, as I’m viewing the effort as it stands today, there should not be formal action taken Friday in this matter—if that’s what’s contemplated—until such a proposed agreement has actually been committed to writing and disseminated to all interested parties, with adequate opportunity afforded them to react to and comment on it, and, that comment is then seriously considered at a subsequent board meeting.

         “To my knowledge, all that’s been referred to to date, as a proposed agreement, is an informal outline of the major elements of what could be involved, that’s been shared by AOC with (essentially) a limited number of the interested parties involved.   There’s been no definitive proposed agreement (an AOC “contract” as the agenda refers to this matter) placed on the table Friday that I’m aware of—as had been anticipated, or at least as I understood would occur.

         “Frankly, it’s surprising and disappointing there’s been no agenda support material prepared by now for Friday’s meeting, reflecting the serious attempt that’s needed here to proceed with arriving at an agreement that puts in place the assessment and MOU.

         “Preparation of such “asm” could likely have precluded the need there now is for having to have yet another meeting to achieve the appropriate and needed steps to get this effort underway. Whatever, it is what it is.

         “Please have this comment incorporated into the record of the board’s meeting Friday. Since I will be working wheat harvest operations, I’m unable to attend Friday’s meeting.

         “Thank you.


“Les Ruark


“(541) 454-2511”


         Director Lynn Morley objected strongly to this letter and requirements and stated that Frontier TeleNet must go on with their business.

         Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve contracts with Connections LLC and Jeanne E Burch. Jeanne Burch stated her renewal would be contingent on solving insurance questions.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Update on Frontier TeleNet/Frontier Digital Network Merger.  Legal Counsel Will Carey reported on how the merger of Frontier TeleNet/Frontier Digital Network will take place.  Will Carey recommended that Frontier Digital Network be terminated.  Each County will need to pass an ordinance and all Frontier Digital Network assets will go to Frontier TeleNet.  After ordinances are passed by each county, a copy of these ordinances needs to be filed with the Oregon Secretary of State within thirty days.  All entities that Frontier Digital Network has contracts with will need to be notified.

         Cottonwood Tower Update:  Mike Smith reported this project is going very well.  A land use permit has been approved and tower height has been solved with additional money becoming available.  A cell phone company is showing interest in locating on the tower.  Signed contracts will be coming soon.

         Wheeler County Wireless Project Update:  Mike Smith reported the State of Oregon has approved the changes to the Wheeler County Wireless Project.  Wheeler County has interim financing in place and Lynn Morley and Mike Smith toured the County and progress coming along very well.

         Light Speed Network (LSN) Request for Arlington-Slatt Usage:  Mike Smith gave an update of the needs for Arlington Slatt site and needs of Mr. Krebs and Arlington Co-Op TV.  Will Carey will look at lease.  Mike Smith stated he is opening conversations with other providers in the Mid-Columbia area.  Day Wireless sees no problems with drawings submitted on LSN needs.  CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Service) security issues discussed and Mike Smith suggested background checks for technicians are essential.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve co-location at Arlington Slatt location pending approval of legal counsel and landowner.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Assistance Contract:  The Directors agreed that the quote for AOC Assistance at $17,000.00 was too high for a small organization.  Steve Shaffer will discuss with AOC to see if there can be a lower rate.

         Website and Other Social Media and/or present public needs:  Mike Smith is pursuing this project and will bring quotes back to Board.

         SUAII Motorola Service Contract:  This item discussed in Frontier Digital Meeting.

         Sherman County Fiber Optic RFP for Wasco to Rufus:  It was announced that funding is now available.  Moved by Steve Shaffer, seconded by Lynn Morley to send out RFP for Wasco to Rufus Build with the approval of legal counsel.  Advertising to be done in Times-Journal, East Oregonian and The Dalles Chronicle.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.  Mac Stinchfield informed directors that every legal ad in smaller papers goes to a Statewide Network.

         Frontier 911 Burns Tribe Contract Request for Frontier TeleNet and alternative options for connections:  Mike Smith reported that just a few changes to the contract have been made and Frontier Regional 911 has signed and sent to the Burns Tribe.  Once the contract is signed, by both parties, the project must be done within 90 days.  A discussion  held on adding their agencies.  It was suggested that Frontier TeleNet talk to Harney County and see if Burns Tribe could co-locate equipment at the Harney County Courthouse.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve the Frontier 911 Contract with the alternative option of connection to Motorola Solution.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Discussion/Possible Vote and Approval of Compensation Increases:  Moved by Steve Shaffer, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve $40.00 per hour for Rob Myers as part of the transition from Rob Myers to Mike Smith.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to increase Mike Smith to $6,750.00 per month and Jeanne E. Burch to $1,800.00 per month.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Audit Engagement Letter:  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve the audit contract and engagement letter from Oster Professional Services for the fiscal year 2016-2017.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Other Items:  Mike Smith asked for direction if maintenance needs to be done.  Moved by Lynn Morley to approve up to $5,000.00 maintenance needs without prior authorization.  Maintenance needs between $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 need Board Chairman approval.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

         Gary Thompson requested that Mike Smith consult with Sherman County Commissioners McCoy and Dabulskis regarding Frontier TeleNet issues. 

         Steve Shaffer also stated that Frontier TeleNet is the last mile organization and not a middle mile organization. 

         Steve Shaffer also stated he is working with Zayo and other entities in the area regarding connectivity.  

         Will Carey suggested a Commissioner Orientation for all three counties would be a good idea so that Commissioners can understand what Frontier TeleNet does.

         A discussion held about cities in the three counties having a seat on the Frontier TeleNet Board.

         Steve Shaffer stated he feels we are not doing a  good job of getting information out about who Frontier TeleNet is and what they do.

         Public Input/Comment:  None

         Next Meeting:  August 18, 2017 at 10 AM in Sherman County.

         There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 12:45 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted:

Jeanne E. Burch,

Frontier TeleNet Staff

6. Let Your Mind Off Its Leash

As we here in the Northern Hemisphere bask in those lazy days of summer, a lot of us find that sunshine promotes some lively daydreaming. It’s a little like letting your mind “off the leash” to wander where it will. This valuable time to think can give us the opportunity for what Lou liked to call “ah-ha!” moments.

How many times have you suddenly, seemingly from out of nowhere, found yourself saying, “Yes! Now that makes sense! Why didn’t I realize this before?” Insights seem to come at the strangest times for some of us. They come in the shower, in the carwash, out for an evening walk, or standing in line for your morning espresso – in short, anywhere!

It seems that our insights come when we have given our minds time to think, without forcing answers on the conscious level. How many times have you given yourself a problem to solve, handed it off to your subconscious mind, and then let go of conscious control? Does this not sound “normal” to you? Well, believe it or not, given enough time, the answers you need come through, complete with all the details.

There is great value in giving yourself time to think, for active reflection is the launching pad for change and growth. Those few moments of quiet reflection allow us to drain away the stress of the day, and also focus in on what is truly important in our lives.

Give yourself time to think, time to focus your thoughts on what you truly want in your life. Let go of the conscious demands of the day, and wait for those insights that will surely come – maybe even at the end of your “leash!” ~The Pacific Institute

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


bird.crow.flyVacation Adventures in Oregon State Parks circa 1957

NY Times: Down the Mighty Columbia River, Where a Power Struggle Looms

Archaeologists find key to tracking ancient wheat in frozen Bronze Age box

Why Replace Obamacare with Anything?

US, El Salvador Team Up to Target MS-13 Gang Members

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

10 Ways To Stand Up For Yourself 

North Carolina Just Made Drug Testing MANDATORY For ALL Welfare Recipients

The Petroleum Truth Report: Permian Reserves May Be Much Smaller Than You Think

Breitbart: Trump Awards Medal of Valor to Police in Congressional Baseball Practice Shooting

A solar eclipse is coming to America. Here’s what you’ll see where you live.

Gov. Kate Brown authorizes National Guard deployment for eclipse


Sherman County eNews #223


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)


caricatureskREMINDERS: Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory notes and Joyful News here. ~ The Editor


THANK YOU! My sincere thanks to the many Sherman County friends who came and listened to my comments and purchased my book “Pigs to Politics.” It was wonderful to see so many friends and visit! Also many thanks to those who have purchased my book at the Museum Gift Store. ~ Bev Clarno

JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries]



MCP logo smallRETAIL YARD ASSOCIATE, PETROLEUM DELIVERY DRIVER, GRAIN FACILITY OPERATOR & GRAIN OPERATIONS LABORER. Mid Columbia Producers Inc. is hiring for a variety of positions.  Full Benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, Rx, 401k with robust profit sharing plan, paid vacation and sick leave and more are available to all regular full time positions.  All three positions listed here are full time.  

Retail Yard Associate 

Our Farm Stores sell a variety of products from animal food and supplies, fencing and automotive products to household items and clothing.  Customer service, deliveries and inventory management are a few of the essential job functions of this position. It can be physically demanding and requires the individual to work in varying weather conditions.  The chosen candidate will work at all three of our locations including The Dalles, Wasco and Goldendale Washington.

Petroleum Delivery Driver 

This position is based in Bend, OR.The role of the Petroleum Delivery Drivers is to safely transport petroleum products and render outstanding customer service to our patrons.  The deliveries will range from commercial/industrial accounts and home heating oil to bulk and packaged lubricants.  Product knowledge is a plus.  On Site training will be provided.

Grain Operations Laborer

This position will be based in either Sherman or Gilliam County depending on the candidates and business necessity.  The role of a Grain Operations Laborer is to safely handle grain while rendering outstanding customer service to our patrons.   Maintenance, housekeeping, and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility are some of the essential functions of this position. 

Grain Facility Operator

This position will be based in either Sherman or Gilliam County depending on the candidates and business necessity. The Facilities Operator holds the primary responsibility for the facility under their operation.  Daily functions include and are not limited to grain elevator operation, maintenance, housekeeping, receiving grain, loading barges, inventory management and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility.  *This position requires the ability to obtain a pesticide license with space fumigation endorsement.

For more information on joining the MCP team, please visit To apply for any of these positions please send cover letter, application and resume to: 

Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark, PO Box 344, Moro, OR 97039

PH: (541)565-2277  Fax: (503)536-6875 


FACILITIES MANAGER. The City of Wasco will be accepting applications for the part-time position of Facilities Manager for the Wasco School Events Center located at 903 Barnett St. in Wasco, Oregon.  General duties include: management of day to day operations of the Events Center; greeting the public; scheduling rental use of the facilities; recruiting and supervising volunteers at the Center; and performing general office duties. Starting pay is $15/hour; 12 – 16 hours per week. Applications and complete job description will be available from Tuesday, July 25, 2017 through Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Wasco City Hall located at 1017 Clark St. in Wasco, Oregon. The deadline to submit a completed application is 5:00p.m. on August 8, 2017, by either delivering it to Wasco City Hall or mailing to: City of Wasco  PO Box 26 Wasco OR 97065. For further information contact the Wasco City Clerk at 541-442-5515. The City of Wasco is an equal opportunity employer. The City reserves the right to reject any or all applicants. 8/4 

WEED CONTROL TECHNICIAN. Lower Deschutes Cooperative Weed Management Area. Hiring (2) Full-time seasonal Weed Technicians. Technicians will hike and survey the canyons of the Lower Deschutes River in search of targeted noxious weeds. Please contact Dan Son or Rod Asher for more information. 503-858-4191 or 541-980-4345,   7/28 


PROPERTY NEAR MORO. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to Moro but still in the country. All utilities are available. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. $55,000. RMLS# 17410095 – Tiffany Hillman  11/10

ECLIPSE GLASSES. 2017 Oregon Solar Eclipse Glasses are now available for sale at the Sherman County Museum Store for $2.00. Open daily 10-5 at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. 8/18

MANUFACTURED HOME IN WASCO. 2002 skyline manufactured home on 3 city lots. 3 bedroom 2 bath with a bonus room. 2 shops nice yard corner lots and trees. Non smoker had no pets…rv parking big garden space… call 541 565 3038 or 541 993 6038 or 541 312 1817 by appointment.  7/28 

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, restaurant, support & training]

DISCOUNTED PHOTO SESSIONS. It’s not too early to get senior photos taken care of! Do you want your senior pictures in or around the wheat fields or to include them as a part of your photo session? If so act now before harvest starts! I’m offering $25.00 off a photo session (senior, family, couple, etc.) between now and the start of harvest. Contact me soon to get a discounted rate and get a photo session completed before harvest starts. ~ Jeremy Lanthorn (541) 993-2446   (541) 333-2013  7/28

CAREGIVER AVAILABLE. Would you like some help with meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, etc.? I am a caring and honest woman with excellent references.  ~Synoma Olsen 541 993-6924  7/28

CANES & WALKERS. Wasco Methodist Church has a supply of canes and walkers that may be used at no charge.  The church will accept donations of any devices that would be helpful to people with limited mobility.  Please contact 541-442-5446 for more info. 7/28





ART WORK FOR SHERMAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE ADDITION. The Sherman County Project Team is actively seeking Sherman County-themed art work for display in the courthouse addition currently under construction. The team is interested in any two-dimensional media (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, etc) for display inside the addition. Deadline for submittal is August 31. For the initial screening, please provide an 8″ by 10″ color photograph or digital image of the proposed article. Include the dimensions of the actual article, if the size is fixed, along with a description of how the article relates to Sherman County and any relationship between the contributor and Sherman County. If the project team is interested in directly inspecting the article, arrangements will be made with the contributor to do so. We know there are several talented local artists and photographers out there and encourage each one to contribute. There is no restriction upon the number of articles that can be submitted for consideration. Sherman County will offer a stipend, the amount of which is to be determined, for each piece of art work acquired. Submittals can be made by mail to PO Box 282, Moro, OR 97039 or by email to Questions may be directed to the same email address. 8/28

HOST FAMILIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS.  Non-Profit Seeks Local Host Families for High School Exchange Students. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. — ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. — The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. — To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! — ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION,  and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. 7/28


SHERMAN COUNTY RECORDS & STORIES. Businesses, cemeteries, churches, FAQ, government, military, newspapers, notes, obituaries, places, stories, timelines & towns. See the search tool! 7/28



2. Calendar (new or corrected)


29 Memorial Service for Rebecca Rhinehart Schilling 11 1st Baptist Church, Grass Valley

29 Arlington Show ‘N Shine Car Show

30 Wheeler County Fair Horse Show 9 Fossil


2 Sherman County Court 9

2 Gilliam County Court 10 Condon

2 Wheeler County Court 10 Fossil

2 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Rufus Baptist Church

3 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

4 Summer Concert in Condon, Buffalo Kin 6:30-9:90

5 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

6 Country Music Festival 1 p.m. Antelope Community Church

7 Lower John Day Area Transportation Commission 10-12 Rufus

7 Public Hearing: Conditional Use Permit Aurora Gardens 7 Grass Valley

8 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30 Moro

8 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

8 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

8 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments 1:15 The Dalles

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30 Senior Center

12-13 Equine Mania 2-Man Advanced Cow Sorting Clinic, Wasco

16 Sherman County Court 9

17 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

18 Frontier Digital Network & Frontier TeleNet Board Meetings 9 Condon

18-22 Outlaw Rodeo Bible Camp – Powell Butte, Oregon

19 Celebration of Life: Bill Van, Otilia Geiser Vann 1 Discovery Center

19 Great American Eclipse Education & Entertainment in Fossil

19-20 Special Art Walk & Farmers’ Market 10-5

20 Total Solar Eclipse Party in Condon featuring Brewers Grade
         Camping, Food, Beer & Wine

21 Total Solar Eclipse

22-27 Sherman County Fair

22 Sherman County Fair 4-H Horse Show 10

23 Sherman County Fair: Take your entries to the fair!  

23 Sherman County Fair Dale Coles Classic Car Show 3:30

23 Sherman County Fair BBQ Burgers/Dogs with the Fair Board 5

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H Style Revue 5:30

23 Sherman County Fair Horse Games in the Arena 7:15

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H Poultry, Rabbit & Cavie Show 8 a.m.

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Market Judging 10

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Market Judging 11

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Market Judging 12:30

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Market Judging 2

24 Sherman County Fair Down on the Farm Chore Course 7

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H Home Economics Contests 8

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Showmanship 10

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Showmanship 11

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Showmanship 1

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Showmanship 2

25 Sherman County Fair Cattle Sorting Contests 7 Arena

26 Sherman County Fair Wellness Walk 8 Downtown Moro

26 Sherman County Fair Exhibit Parade 9:15 Fairgrounds

26 Sherman County Fair Queen’s Reception 10 Fairgrounds

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H Grand Champion All-Around Showmanship 12

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale 4-5

26 Sherman County Fair FFA Annual BBQ 5:30

26 Sherman County Fair Special Introductions 7:15 Arena

26 Sherman County Fair Bull Riding Contests 7:30-9

26 Sherman County Fair Dance with Countryfied in the Arena 9:30-1

26 Summer Concert in Condon, HYATUS 6:30-9:90

27 Sherman County Fair Cowboy Church with Susie McEntire 10:30

27 Sherman County Fair Demolition Derby 2 Arena

28 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority 11 The Dalles

31-Sept. 3 Gilliam County Fair, Condon


2 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

2 Painted Hills Festival in Mitchell


6 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Moro Presbyterian Church



12 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30 Moro

12 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

12 Mid-Columbia Center for Living Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center, Moro

20 Sherman County Court 9

21 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District 4-5 Klickitat County

22 Autumn Begins

25 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

26 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting


Sherman County eNews #222


  1. Solar Saturday and a “Great American Eclipse” Program, Aug. 12

  2. Beginners’ Boot Camp for Genealogists, Aug. 12

  3. What are you planning to take to the Sherman County Fair?

  4. Demolition Derby Cars & Drivers Wanted, Sherman County Fair, Aug. 27

  5. Recreational Vehicle Fire Safety

  6. Getting a Clear Picture

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

1. Solar Saturday and a “Great American Eclipse” Program, Aug. 12

eclipse1Bob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public on Saturday, August 12 from 11 am to 3 pm at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather and clouds permitting, on the museum lawn.

Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits. From 3 to 4 pm Yoesle will present “The Great American Eclipse,” in the Murdock Theater. The eclipse presentation is included with museum admission and only $5 for the program only. For more information visit

2. Beginners’ Boot Camp for Genealogists, Aug. 12

Beginners’ Boot Camp

August 12th 9:30 to 5:00

Genealogical Forum of Oregon

2505 S.E. 11th Avenue, Suite B-18, Portland, Oregon 97202

Join Laurel Smith for a day of beginning genealogy. There will be classes about the census, vital records, immigration and naturalization, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research and more–all geared toward beginners. Bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat. ~

3. What are you planning to take to the Sherman County Fair?

What are you planning to take to the Sherman County Fair?  The following are a few classes in the Open Class Division. Remember, anyone can enter something in the open class division. There is NO entry fee. Entry day is Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

  • Flowers >>> Asters, geraniums, gladiolus, daisy, marigold, roses, zinnia, potted plants and more!
  • Hay & Grain >>> wheat, barley, sheaf of grain, oats, grass hay and more!
  • Land Products >>>  herbs, garden veggies, garden oddities, fruits, nuts, eggs and more!
  • Kitchen Products >>> canned fruits, veggies, meats, jellies and jams, butters, relishes, dried fruit, veggies, herbs, breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies and more!!
  • Clothing & Needlecraft >>>  sewing, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, counted cross stich, quilted items like  baby items, table furnishings, afghans, pillow case, quilts, afghans, wall hangings and more!
  • Arts, Crafts & Hobbies >>> ceramics, leather craft, stained glass, jewelry, collections, holiday collections and more!
  • Photography >>> snapshots, album page, whole album, enlargement sequence of people, animals, sports, flowers, sunrise, grain, special events, and more!
  • Kids Corner >>>  baked goods, garden veggies, flowers, sewing, knitting, pumpkin painting, writing, paintings, Legos, art from recycled items, and more!

Don’t forget the coloring contest for the kiddos!!

All of the classes are posted on the web site and in the fair premium book to be picked up at your local post office or stores in Sherman County. 

4. Demolition Derby Cars & Drivers Wanted, Sherman County Fair, Aug. 27

Cars! Trucks! SUVs! Cash for the Crash!

Demolition Derby

Sherman County Fair Moro, OR August 27th, 2017.

Time trials start at 2:00 p.m. with derby to follow.

Over $5,700 in money will be paid PLUS Trophies.

Extra Finale Money is being added weekly.

Heat winners $100.

Time trial $50.

People’s Choice $50.

Columbia Gorge Bonus Winner will be awarded $1000 cash.

(Must have driven at Goldendale 7/1/17 and Moro 8/27/17)

For more information/registration visit www.shermancountyfairfun.

5. Recreational Vehicle Fire Safety

Oregon’s summer travel season is well under way and State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding all recreational vehicle (RV) operators to remember fire safety when operating their vehicle.

“Getting away in an RV is a popular pastime of Oregonians and visitors,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “However, RV users have a number of things to pay attention to in order to stay fire safe.”

The OSFM encourages RV operators to follow these fire safety guidelines:

Cooking Appliances:
* Make sure to have proper ventilation before operating the appliance.
* Open the overhead vent or turn on an exhaust fan.
* Watch what you heat. A leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.
* Keep anything that can catch fire away from burners.
* Never use cooking appliances for heating.

If You Smell Gas:
* Check your stove knobs to make sure they are off.
* Put out all open flames (pilot lights, lamps, smoking materials, etc).
* Shut off the gas supply.
* Don’t operate electrical switches. Turning a switch on or off can create a spark and may cause an explosion.
* Open doors, windows, and vents.
* Leave the RV until the odor is gone.
* Have the gas system checked and repaired by a qualified professional.

Electric Heaters:
* All heaters need space. Keep things that can burn such as paper, furniture, bedding, or curtains, at least three feet from heating equipment.
* Use portable space heaters with an automatic shut-off , so if they are tipped over , they will shut off.
* Plug space heaters directly into an electrical outlet. Do not use extension cords or power strips.

Generator Safety:
* Check all exhaust system connections regularly for leaks and tighten as necessary.
* Make sure the generator tail pipe extends past the edge of the RV.
* Always operate the generator in an area where the wind will carry the exhaust fumes away from the RV.
* Allow the generator to cool down before refueling.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms:
* Install a CO alarm inside your RV.
* If the alarm chirps, replace the batteries of the entire alarm, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
* Replace CO alarms based on the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Smoke Alarms:
* Install a smoke alarm inside your RV.
* If the alarm chirps, replace the batteries of the entire alarm, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
* Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.

For more RV Fire Safety information, download our brochure at

6. Getting a Clear Picture

eye2Digital or print, when you are taking pictures, you want to have a sharp, clear focus. You want to have the same clear focus for your everyday life.

Most of us live in a culture that presents us with a bewildering array of options. However, the confusion of too many options will largely disappear once you know how to focus. In this sense, focusing means to concentrate all your attention on one particular thing, and, much as you do with a camera, bring it into sharp relief in order to clarify your relationship with it.

When we concentrate our attention on a particular endeavor, problem or person, we bring all of our energy to it, shutting out the details that don’t pertain to the matter at hand. Even if we find ourselves caught in a crisis where our attention seems to be demanded everywhere at once, when we choose to focus our attention on one aspect of the problem, a solution becomes much easier. A natural progression then begins to unfold, making it possible for us to arrive, eventually, at an overall resolution.

Remember, your experience in life is determined by where and upon what you choose to focus your attention and energy, just as a photographer must decide what to focus the lens on and what to leave out. If you let your attention wander all over the place, you will end up feeling muddled and blurry, just like the picture that results from a camera lens not held still.

It is a matter of deciding what you want, and then focusing on it. Take charge of your attention, and you will be taking charge of the situation. ~The Pacific Institute

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

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Peak Energy: Fukushima cleanup to cost $72 billion

Plan to overhaul GI Bill moves through House, on to Senate  

Defense News 

The Long War Journal: A project for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Fifth Domain Cyber

Breaking Defense. Air. Land. Sea. Space

Jane’s 360: Defense, Security

The Missing Weapon at Dunkirk & the movie Dunkirk


Sen. Jeff Merkley Will Propose 120 Amendments to Hinder Obamacare Repeal

Stop kicking the PERS can. Legislators, taxpayers and unions need to cooperate

Drugs found in Puget Sound salmon from tainted wastewater


Sherman County eNews #221


  1. Country Music Festival in Antelope, Aug. 6

  2. 108 Years of Community Support at the Sherman County Fair

  3. Sherman County Fair Cake & Pie Contests

  4. Celebration of Life: Bill Vann & Tillie Geiser Vann, Aug. 19

  5. Sherman County Seeks Art Work for Display in Courthouse Addition

  6. Condon’s Eclipse Party, Aug. 20

  7. You Get the Picture

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

1. Country Music Festival in Antelope, Aug. 6

Country Music Festival

music.notes (2)

Sunday, August 6th

on the lawn of the

Antelope Community Church

in Antelope, Oregon


Joni Harms at 1 p.m.,

Paradise Rose Chuckwagon BBQ at 2 p.m.,

Mud Springs Gospel Band at 3 p.m.


Susie McEntire at 3:45 p.m.

2. 108 Years of Community Support at the Sherman County Fair

“To Patrons & Exhibitors:

         “We are happy to present to you, this 35th edition of the premium list for your Sherman County Fair.  The loyal support and cooperation with which the fair has been received in the past years gives us confidence that we will have continued support this year.  While the fair board is charged with the duties of caring for the property and holding a fair, we realize that we can succeed only with your continued help and cooperation.  We ask for your continued assistance in making this year’s fair an outstanding success.

         “We are looking forward to seeing our former exhibitors return with more and better exhibits this year and we ask our help in encouraging new exhibitors to participate and attend.  All working together, we can make this 1952 Fair an outstanding achievement.“

         “Very Truly Yours,

         “Harold Eakin, President   & Mary Coons, Secretary”


This message from the 1952 County Fair premium book holds true as the board prepares for the 108th Annual Sherman County Fair!

This year’s theme is “Wheat, Wind and Waves!” Queen Lexi Grenvik and the board invite you to join us to visit with old and new friends, enter a special contest, enjoy the 4-H contests and 4-H and FFA livestock show, attend the bull riding, dance to the Countryfied band or watch the Demolition Car/Truck Derby.

The Fair Board will be cooking up some awesome burgers and hotdogs with all the trimmings on Wednesday evening during the car show. Remember to check the schedule for new event times or dates. 

This year’s fair is going to be a special one, and you don’t want to miss out! The fair board lined up exciting entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Nashville recording artist Susie McEntire will sing the national anthem at our Bull Riding event on Saturday evening and return Sunday morning for Cowboy Church.  New to the Challenge of Champions Bull Riding Tour event this year is the Free Style Bull Fighting section.  These bull fights are fun to watch!  Freddie Prez is returning with large money Bingo and Frisbee toss games along with his many other crazy contests and his special cannon.   The Demolition Car & Truck Derby has some added money to the final heat pots for the drivers. 

Mark your calendars and join Queen Lexi Grenvik and the fair board August 22nd thru August 27th in Moro Oregon. early and save some money! Get your Bull Riding event tickets early at the pre-sale price of $12 for each adult. At the gate they will be $15.  Kids 10 and under are free! Go to to buy your tickets now.


See you at the fair!

Fair Secretary Beth McCurdy

3. Sherman County Fair Cake & Pie Contests

Sherman County Cake Contest: Class #3138. This is open to Sherman County residents only.  Use your favorite Chocolate Cake recipe (no box mixes). Cakes will be judged on appearance and taste by the Sherman County Fair Board members and/or other special guests. 1st place $40, 2nd place $20. There is no entry fee and entry day is Wednesday, August 23, 2017. 

food.pie.hotSherman County Pie Contest:  Class #329. This is open to Sherman County residents only. You choose the flavor! Pies will be judged by the Sherman County Fair Board on taste and appearance. 1st place $50, 2nd place $25. There is no entry fee and entry day is Wednesday, August 23, 2017. 

4. Celebration of Life: Bill Vann & Tillie Geiser Vann, Aug. 19



The Discovery Center Cafeteria near The Dalles

August 19, 2017

1:00 PM for Bill Vann

3:00 PM for Tillie Geiser Vann

Formerly of Sherman County, Tillie was born on January 4, 1928 and is survived by her daughter Gloria Geiser of Portland, brother Will Loeken of Bellevue, sisters Jan and Joan Loeken of Seattle, Irene Hays of Palm Springs, and Marion Dobbins of Oro Valley, Arizona.

This event will be catered, with some time between events.  The bridge will be closed, so people will need to go to Rowena and take Highway 30 to the Discovery Center.

5. Sherman County Seeks Art Work for Display in Courthouse Addition

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Project Team is actively seeking Sherman County-themed art work for display in the courthouse addition currently under construction. The team is interested in any two-dimensional media (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, etc) for display inside the addition. Deadline for submittal is August 31. For the initial screening, please provide an 8″ by 10″ color photograph or digital image of the proposed article. Include the dimensions of the actual article, if the size is fixed, along with a description of how the article relates to Sherman County and any relationship between the contributor and Sherman County.

If the project team is interested in directly inspecting the article, arrangements will be made with the contributor to do so. We know there are several talented local artists and photographers out there and encourage each one to contribute. There is no restriction upon the number of articles that can be submitted for consideration. Sherman County will offer a stipend, the amount of which is to be determined, for each piece of art work acquired. Submittals can be made by mail to PO Box 282, Moro, OR 97039 or by email to Questions may be directed to the same email address.

6. Condon’s Eclipse Party, Aug. 20

An Eclipse Party


Sunday, August 20th 7-10 p.m.

Condon City Park


Music by Brewer’s Grade,

beer & wine garden,


Paradise Rose Chuckwagon Catering. 

7. You Get the Picture

pencil.spiralLet’s delve a little deeper into how to change negative behavior in ourselves or another. We have talked before about how well the process works with a child. The good news is it works with adults, too.

As parents, we know that nagging our kids to stop doing something doesn’t really work. They either argue back, make like they are paying attention but continue with the action or behavior, or ignore us altogether. Whichever the response, the result is the same: No change. We do the same thing to ourselves, when we “nag” at ourselves to lose weight, quit smoking, whatever. So, how do we go about changing negative behaviors that could be holding us back?

First thing to remember is that, as human beings, we think in pictures. (While you read words on a page, or hear words, your mind is translating them into pictures, immediately.) How we interpret those pictures is reflected in our beliefs, and our beliefs are stored in our subconscious – forever. Ultimately, we act or behave based on those beliefs. So, if we want to change behavior, we need to change the beliefs – and we do that by changing the pictures.

Now, to change a behavior, the current behavior needs to be recognized and called out. Then we need to halt it with, “Stop it. I am (or You are) better than that.” Getting the behavior stopped is only part of the answer, because the current belief/picture that you want to change is still dominant in the subconscious. We need to provide a replacement picture of what we do want.

So, it’s “Stop it. I’m better than that,” and then you provide the replacement picture. “The next time,” and you go on to describe what that next time looks like. “The next time, I will remain calm when somebody cuts me off while I’m driving.”  “The next time, I will order salad instead of a hamburger.”  “The next time” provides the replacement picture of what you want.

The challenge is you need to really mean it. And you create those effective replacement pictures with dynamic affirmations. “I am a defensive driver, and remain calm during stressful traffic situations.”  You get the picture. ~The Pacific Institute

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

Bird.Black.EnvelopeFacebook. Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Agency. Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler & Jefferson Counties


 The Democrat/MSM Propaganda Machine 

“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

$2 Million Bathroom in NY Park

Laser Safety Initiative

Commentary: The Socialism Deniers and the ‘Better Deal’


Sherman County eNews #220


  1. Sherman County Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Eclipse Visitors

  2. Program: An Act of Exclusion–Chinese History in the Pacific Northwest

  3. The Dalles Art Center – August Watercolor Classes

  4. Sherman County Fair Commercial/Community Booth Application

  5. Sherman County Fair Table Setting/Decorating Contest

  6. Leveraging the ‘Inside’ Position

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

 1.Sherman County Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Eclipse Visitors 

eclipse3Tourism and emergency management officials are encouraging local residents to prepare for disruptions, including traffic jams, delayed emergency response times, and supply shortages, during the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. Sherman County Emergency Services has released the following tips to help local residents prepare for the influx of visitors to the region:

(1) A record number of visitors is expected to descend on the region over the weekend leading up to Monday’s Solar Eclipse. These visitors are expected to exhaust gasoline and grocery supplies in many communities. To help ease the supply burden, local residents should fill up their gas tanks and purchase their groceries for the weekend no later than the week prior to the event.  This will allow gas stations and grocery stores to restock supplies for visitors who are expected to begin arriving in the region on Friday.

(2) Cell phone coverage is likely to be limited due to increased demand on our towers. Residents should plan to unplug from Friday afternoon through Monday evening. Please turn off your cell phone and use a landline when possible to help keep the lines open for visitors and residents needing emergency assistance. 

(3) ODOT is anticipating record-breaking traffic on Oregon’s roadways during this event, particularly routes into the Path of Totality like US Hwy 97 and I-84. To help ease congestion and keep the roads open for emergency services, residents are advised to limit non-essential travel in the region. Consider rescheduling out-of-town doctors, appointments and try to avoid traveling through the Path of Totality during the weekend and Monday, if possible. 

(4) Never look at the sun without eclipse-rated eyewear. Eclipse glasses are available at Sage Mountain Primitives and the Sherman County Historical Museum, both in Moro. Supplies may sell out; make sure you’re prepared by purchasing your glasses ahead of time.

(5) With an increase in visitors traveling through the region, trespassing is likely to be an issue. Keep in mind, many of these visitors are not intending to trespass and are simply unfamiliar with the area. Private landowners who are worried about trespassing should post their properties with “No Trespassing” signs and close all gates.

(6) Dispatchers and emergency services are preparing for an influx in emergency calls over the weekend and on Monday. Please dial 911 only in case of emergency.  Keep in mind response times may be delayed due to traffic or other high priority calls.  

(7) Locals know August is the height of fire season in Eastern Oregon. As a reminder, help us prevent wildfires and protect our natural landscapes by observing local burn bans:

   (1) No campfires and open flames

         (2) Use propane BBQs for cooking

         (3) Avoid parking in dry grass

         (4) Dispose of cigarettes responsibly

         (5) Report wildfires immediately by calling 911

         (6) If you see something, say something. Politely inform visitors of local burn ban            restrictions. Many visitors do not reside in places where wildfires are common and may not be familiar with our burn ban restrictions.

eclipse1For more information on local Solar Eclipse planning efforts and what you can do to prepare, please contact Sherman County Emergency Services at 541-565-3100.



2. Program: An Act of Exclusion–Chinese History in the Pacific Northwest

Helen Ying and Trish Hackett Nicola offer a powerful combination of lectures on Chinese history in the Pacific Northwest in “An Act of Exclusion,” Friday, August 25 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Tickets for the 5:30 p.m. dinner and program are $22, the 6:30 p.m. set of programs only are $5. Purchase tickets by August 23. For tickets and information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit

3. The Dalles Art Center – August Watercolor Classes

Photography into Beautiful Paintings

Instructor: Award-winning watercolorist, Gayle Weisfield

When:  August 11 & 12 9:30 – 3pm
Minimum: 7 students, Max 14

Cost:  $175.00   All mediums welcome!

When it comes to preparing a painting, nothing beats a great value sketch. But maybe you just aren’t sure you’ve got a good photo-reference to work from. Redrawing or working from a bad photo does not always make for a good painting and sometimes it is hard to see something other than what is in front of you. During this 2-day, extensive workshop with Gayle Weisfield you will learn several different, step-by-step processes to guide you through organizing photographs into useful references for sketching and painting faster with less time devoted to problem solving on the page. You will develop a system  that works for you, using tools you learn from Gayle and working both individually and as a group to make adjustments to your own project.  The techniques covered in this class are accessible to any skill level, tech savvy or otherwise, so that you can finally transform those mediocre photographs into fabulous, dynamic paintings. 

Development and Following Through

When:  August 18 & 19      9:30 – 3pm      

Cost:  $75.00

Sign up at:

The Dalles Art Center, 220 E 4th St.P.O. Box 1026, The Dalles, OR 97058


4. Sherman County Fair Commercial/Community Booth Application 




COMMERCIAL/COMMUNITY BOOTH NAME                              















APPLIC. SIGNATURE                         DATE                      RECEIVED BY S.C. BOARD MEMBER, DATE

QUESTIONS? CALL BETH 541-980-1821.

5. Sherman County Fair Table Setting/Decorating Contest

arrow-rightA fun new contest designed to get EVERYONE’S party planning/special event, creativity, fun, thinking cap going………. A complete table setting/decorated and set up for two!!

We have 4 different age categories to enter; Youth, Adult, A Team of Two and Men’s Club.  As for the classes to select from there are 6 to pick from.

Entry Fees:

   No Entry fees for this division.

Entries Accepted:

  1. Entries will be accepted until 6:00 pm on  Wednesday August 23, 2017 (this contest must be entered by Wednesday entries will be taken at the fair office)
  2. Placement of table will be Thursday Morning before 10:00 a.m. (special arrangements can be made for Wednesday evening placement)
  1. Entry form follows this section and can also be found on our website on the special contest tab.

Special Notes and Rules

  1. Please bring your own table; Table is not to be larger than 36” square. (However Sherman County Fair has some tables available, these will be on a first come first serve basis)
  2. Tables are to be set up for 2 people, this is a complete table set up.
  3. Table decoration should be designed for functional service of the menu with decoration that follows the established theme. Table decorations will be judged on overall creativity, functionality, appearance, tableware (appropriate choices for the menu) table cover/placemats (clean, pressed and appropriate for the menu) table decorations (centerpiece, place cards, etc.) and menu (neatly written or typed large enough for easy reading by the viewing public) and with menu items listed in the order of  service
  4. Display needs to include a menu. (no need to cook any of the items)
  5. Theme/title needs to be listed first on Menu display card.
  6. Nonperishable items are encouraged
  7. Fresh flowers are okay need to be displayed properly.
  8. All items should be labeled of ownership, but not visible while on display
  9. A complete Paper party; all matching paper products coordinated line (aka Hallmark, American Greetings) will not be allowed.
  10. Please remember that all items will be on display for several days, select your props accordingly.
  11. Any questions or concerns, please call Beth at 541-980-1821

Release of Exhibits:

Exhibits will be released on Sunday August 27, at 1:00 p.m. this time is subject to change and will be posted and announced during the fair week.


1st place  $ 10.00

2nd place  $ 8.00. (Per category/class)

Category                                                         Classes

Youth; up to age 18                                        TD1000  Holiday

Adult; over 18                                                 TD1002  Fair Theme

Team of two                                                    TD1003  Kids Theme

Men’s Club                                                     TD1004  Wild West/BBQ

TD1005  Fancy/Elegant

TD 1006 Outdoor

6. Leveraging the ‘Inside’ Position

The relationships we have with family and friends are generally the ones we value the most. They are an important part of life for each of us. However, there is one relationship that seems to be even more important. It governs all the others – and that is the relationship we have with ourselves.

Ask yourself this question: In all likelihood, who is the one person you will know your whole life long? The answer: You.

Every day of our lives, we send ourselves thousands of mental messages that determine how we evaluate our own worth. The evaluation we make of our worth is what determines our level of self-esteem. Of course, the messages we receive from our family, friends, co-workers and others affect our self-esteem, too. But they send only a tiny fraction of the number of messages that we send ourselves, so they don’t have the same opportunity to affect us. And isn’t it easy to discount those positive messages coming from others?

Besides, if we are continually sending ourselves negative, devaluing appraisals, we will drown out the other messages, no matter how positive they might be. It is very important that we, ourselves, become the source of these positive messages, or affirmations as they are sometimes called. When we take control of this process, the leverage we gain from our “inside” position makes tremendous personal growth possible.

Unfortunately, many people spend much more time focusing on their faults and mistakes than they do on their strengths and successes. It turns out that our negative vocabulary is much larger and more richly descriptive than our positive vocabulary.

Focusing on the negative is a learned behavior. A positive focus can be learned just as easily. If you choose to, you can learn it, as well. So, who are you going to count on to leverage your inside position on you? ~The Pacific Institute

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

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Pro Football |111 N.F.L. Brains. All But One Had C.T.E.


A Journey Through the USA In Numbers


US Navy – NAWCWD Land Range. China Lake Range.

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