Sherman County eNews #233


  1. Downtown Wasco Fire, Aug. 3

  2. Oregon Drivers Urged to Use Caution During Summer’s Extreme Wildfire Danger

  3. Heat Wave Shatters BPA’s Summer Record for Electricity Use, Three Days in a Row

  4. More Than a 2-Gallon Jug

  5. Prudence or predicament? Don’t procrastinate planning your #OReclipse travel

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

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” —George Washington (1783)

1. Downtown Wasco Fire, Aug. 3

McKee Drug Store aka Wasco Variety aka Second Hand Made.

Sherman County Sheriff’s Office

2. Oregon Drivers Urged to Use Caution During Summer’s Extreme Wildfire Danger

car.vacationSALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry is collaborating with the Oregon Department of Transportation to highlight the extreme fire danger in much of Oregon on highway messaging boards starting today. The message “Extreme Fire Danger: Use Caution” will be seen on boards along major highways in the state. These include I-5, I-84 and State Highway 97 through central Oregon and Highway 20 from Albany to Ontario. The messages will be shown throughout the summer during times of peak wildfire danger.

The majority of wildfires in Oregon are caused by humans, according to Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields with the Oregon Department of Forestry in Salem.

Taking extra care to avoid any activity which might spark a fire is especially important in summer. By August, vegetation is dry and can readily catch fire even from small sparks,” he said.

Drivers should not toss cigarette butts out windows and avoid parking on dry grass, which may ignite from heat from their vehicle. For a full list of restrictions when traveling, recreating or working in forestland, visit the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Fire Restrictions and Closures web page at

“We appreciate the Department of Transportation helping us raise awareness among Oregonians and visitors to our state of the extreme fire danger in our forestlands,” said Fields.

3. Heat Wave Shatters BPA’s Summer Record for Electricity Use, Three Days in a Row

thermometer.degreesPortland, Ore. — Several Days of intense heat pushed Northwest temperatures above the 100-degree mark sending regional summertime power consumption to record highs. As the mercury soared, air conditioners and fans hummed along breaking the Bonneville Power Administration’s record for peak summertime electricity consumption three days in a row.

BPA customer power usage broke the 2014 peak of 7,861 megawatts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 1, 2 and 3, with Wednesday being the highest. BPA’s customers consumed 8,048 MW on Tuesday, 8,226 MW Wednesday and 8,208 on Thursday. For reference, just one MW can power an estimated 700 Northwest homes or 1,200 MW can power an entire city the size of Seattle.

BPA, in concert with its federal partners, prepared for the heat wave by safely delaying routine-maintenance activities, ensuring the turbines in federal dams were optimized for power generation and working closely with the Columbia Generating Station, a nuclear plant that generates up to 1,200 MW of clean, reliable power.

BPA transmission crews also stood ready to quickly address outages and kept in constant contact with firefighters as wildland fires across the region threatened transmission lines. However, so far, problems on BPA’s transmission system have been kept to a minimum.

“Our crews have done an outstanding job preparing for this stretch of hot weather. And not just the equipment and the system, they’ve also been watching out for each other’s safety in this sweltering heat. We’ve not had a single injury, heat-related or otherwise, during this event,” says Robin Furrer, vice president of Transmission Field Services for the Bonneville Power Administration. “Our mission is to keep the lights on even under the most extreme conditions. So this is a job well done.”

4. More Than a 2-Gallon Jug

How big is your container? You do have one, you know. Did you know that the size of your life is roughly the shape of your “container”? It is your idea of what you think you deserve.

Years ago, a farmer brought an amazing pumpkin to a county fair.  It was big and orange, in every aspect a perfect pumpkin.  But it was the exact size and shape of a two-gallon jug.  After it had won a blue ribbon, someone asked the farmer how in the world he had managed to produce such a wonder.  He chuckled a bit and said, “Shucks! Wasn’t anything to it! Soon as the blossom started to grow, I just stuck it inside a cider jar and the pumpkin took care of the rest.”  (In countries where shelf space in grocery stores is precious commodity, square watermelons started appearing the next year.)

Just like that pumpkin, the shape of your life is determined by the size and shape of the container in which you hold it. That container is made up of your beliefs about what is possible, your expectations of what will happen, and – most of all – your thoughts about yourself and the world you live in. 

Many of your beliefs about what is possible for you were put there by someone else when you were just starting to blossom. What would your life look like if you were able to let yourself grow without the limits of other people’s ideas about you? Children are often forced to shrink to fit the size of their parents’ containers by adults who don’t know any better. The good news is that, unlike our two-gallon pumpkin or square watermelons, once we are grown we still have the choice – and the chance – to be different.

Take a look at your beliefs – where they came from and how they limit you.  Then, make some choices for yourself based on how big you want your mind and spirit to grow. We all have a lot to offer this world, and it would be a waste of precious talents to hold ourselves to the size of a two-gallon jug. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Prudence or predicament? Don’t procrastinate planning your #OReclipse travel

Don’t wait! Don’t be late! You have a very important date!

The eclipse is coming And it won’t wait!

eclipse1ODOT is warning last minute travelers they could miss it all if they wait until Monday Aug. 21 to hit the road. The total solar eclipse that morning will likely be the busiest traffic event in Oregon history. Eclipse fans must be in place well beforehand or risk getting stuck in traffic.

Post-eclipse travel may present even more problems. With hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the road at the same time, the trip home may be the most difficult part.

ODOT’s advice? Arrive early, stay put and leave late. This is NOT a game day: Please treat the 3-hour eclipse as a 3-DAY event.

Travelers have a shared responsibility to keep themselves, their passengers and other travelers safe.

Here’s the truth to dispel four rumors ODOT wishes we could launch into a black hole:

  1. ODOT is NOT planning to close any highways. Traffic may do that all by itself, but ODOT doesn’t plan to, unless it’s a short closure for emergency response.
  2. ODOT is NOT planning to turn any highways into one-way roads. The staff required to perform that safely is not available.
  3. ODOT is NOT prohibiting big-rig traffic in Oregon. We are restricting one specific kind of truckload—over-width loads. But all other kinds of trucks can continue to carry interstate commerce in Oregon—or you wouldn’t get your gasoline, food, eclipse paraphernalia and other things you expect during that time.
  4. Rest areas will be open, but they are NOT available for camping.

ODOT will make regular, frequent updates to and 511. We will use our social media accounts ( and to report road conditions, but they may not be staffed 24/7. And we will keep local media up to date so they can report travel time and road condition information.

ODOT will have crews posted at strategic locations along critical travel routes to help keep motorists mobile and safe.

But it still comes down to you. Plan to have a good time in Oregon viewing the eclipse. Plan ahead, so you will.

Visit for eclipse information.

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

bird.owl.limbThe Oregon Map

Circa News: Top Stories

Stages of a Total Eclipse

Percentage of Europeans Who Are Willing To Fight A War For Their Country

 Sherman County, Oregon – A History Collection

Letter from a Mother to a Daughter


Ex-NBA Star’s Weekly White House Activity

Words. Malaphors, the best of two terms


Judicial Watch Weekly Update

Commentary: Mueller’s Grand Jury Is Significant

Senate confirms dozens of nominees as they leave for August break

Nuclear Regulatory Commission accused of putting millions of lives and trillions of dollars at risk 

Prager University: Black, Millennial, Female, Conservative


Sherman County eNews #232


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)


pencil.spiralREMINDERS: 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


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



FT RECEPTIONIST/MEDICAL BILLING – Position open at the Sherman County Medical Clinic.  Proficiency in computer and office skills required; knowledge of Medical Billing and Coding preferred.  Starting pay is $14/hr DOE plus benefits.  Pick up an application at the Sherman County Health District Administrative Office located at 110 Main Street #3, Moro, OR.  Mail or E-Mail completed application along with a cover letter and a copy of resume to – Sherman County Medical Clinic – Job Search, PO Box 186, Moro, OR 97039 or  For further information contact District Administrator at 541-565-0536, medclinic1@embarqmail, or visit the website at www.shermancountymedicalclinic.netApplications due by 5:00pm on Monday, August 14, 2017.   8/11

RETAIL 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 four 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 


RANCH-STYLE HOME IN RUFUS. $209,900. Attractive ranch style home on corner lot in Rufus. Built in 2013. High ceilings. Great floor plan with open concept. 3 bed 2 bath. 1580 Sq Ft. Spacious entry with wide hallway. Large living room. Dining room has sliding glass doors to back patio. Kitchen is great for entertaining with Breakfast bar. Lots of storage with pantry, more than ample counter space for cooking. Nice master bed and bath. 2 Charming bedrooms and 2nd bath. Nicely landscaped. Contact Bonnie Long At Copperwest Properties 541-993-1513. 8/18

WEATHERED OAK WINE BARREL ADIRONDACK CHAIRS. Weathered Oak Wine Barrel Adirondack Chairs – stationary $350, rocker $375 or the set for $650. Local Craftsman. Call for photos… 541-788-9497.  9/8

1997 TAHOE 1997 Tahoe – 4 wheel drive (never used off road) 2nd owner has owned for 17 yrs, Always Garaged and well maintained. New Tires, plus a Winter set of tires/rims. Remote Start, Leather seats, 3rd row seat, Power Steering, Seats, Windows & Locks. 261,000 miles, new transmission at 240,000. Towing pkg (never used), roof rack and running boards. $3200 OBO Call or Text Jeanne @ 541-714-5740.    9/8

ESTATE SALE. Estate sale in Wasco 1008 mcpherson st august 3 4 5 6 from 9-4 House shed and shop full…everything from antiques to tools…too much to list…large sale.   8/4

LuLaRoe SHOPPING PARTY Hosted by Ashley Danielson and Hailey Minor, Wednesday, August 9 at 5:30 pm – 60187 Stradley Rd, Grass Valley, Oregon. Come join us for a fun night of shopping!!! The amazing Hailey Minor is coming to Grass Valley with 1,300+ LuLaRoe items!! Women’s Sizes 00-26 and Kids Sizes 2-14. All inventory is on hand, no ordering. So whatever you choose to purchase you take home that night. We’ll have snacks and drinks. Bring a friend and spread the word, anyone is welcome!! 8/4

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

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





newspaper-wantedART 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. 8/25




2. Calendar (new or corrected)

music.notes (2)AUGUST

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

4 Call Sherman County Community Transit

                  by 5 p.m. TODAY for bus to Antelope Music Festival 541-565-3553

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

5-27 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition 10-5 Maryhill Museum of Art

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 Sherman County School Clothes Scramble 12-6 Sherman Public/School Library

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

9-13 Wheeler County Fair: “Wagon Wheels, Painted Hills & Eclipse Thrills”

11-13 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

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 – Wheat, Wind & Waves! 

22 Sherman County Fair 4-H Static Exhibit Judging

22 Sherman County Fair 4-H Horse Show 10

23 Healthy Families’ Play Group 10:30-12 Moro City Park

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


Sherman County eNews #231


  1. Hop on the Bus to the Country Music Festival in Antelope, Aug. 6

  2. History and Essential Public Purpose Services Provided by Frontier TeleNet, TRICOM, Frontier Regional 9-1-1 and Frontier Digital Network

  3. City of Grass Valley: Notice of Public Hearing

  4. Sherman County, Oregon – A History Collection

  5. An Inner Spirit So Bright

  6. Oregon State Fair Creative Living Competitions

1. Hop on the Bus to the Country Music Festival in Antelope, Aug. 6


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. 

If interested in a ride to this spectacular event, please contact Sherman County Community Transit by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 4th.

2. History and Essential Public Purpose Services Provided by Frontier TeleNet, TRICOM, Frontier Regional 9-1-1 and Frontier Digital Network

A presentation to the Gilliam County Court by Frontier TeleNet General Manager Rob Myers, April 5, 2017:


“From my nearly 20 years testifying in front of legislative committees, I acknowledge and fully agree that an informal, extemporaneous presentation of information is far better than simply reading it – that’s why I have never done so in Salem. However, reading it is the only practical way to avoid being inadvertently misunderstood, misinterpreted and/or misquoted, so that’s the format I’ll employ today.

“In 2001, a group of dedicated public servants and elected officials representing three counties and an education service district, in order to create a more advanced communications environment for the citizens they served, formed an entity called Frontier TeleNet. Their original primary goals – goals that have endured the test of time and a succession of capable, honest, dedicated public servants and elected officials – were to expand and enhance telecommunications services for law enforcement, emergency services, schools and public health institutions in Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties. Those essential public purposes have been demonstrably served.

“Frontier TeleNet has provided high-speed internet services for the six school districts and local government in three counties at no direct cost to the schools for over fifteen years. For a good portion of that time, such services were simply unavailable or prohibitively expensive.

“Over time, the Frontier TeleNet wide area network has been expanded, enhanced, upgraded and amplified with Federal and State Homeland Security Program and Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program grant award funds amounting to approximately $4.5 million dollars. Currently, the Frontier TeleNet network operation area encompasses seven Oregon counties and Klickitat County in Washington.

“The next entity the counties formed was TRICOM, which provided 9-1-1 and dispatch services by local employees from a call center developed and sited in Condon.  TRICOM was the only three-county Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in Oregon. TRICOM transitioned into Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Communications Agency with the addition of Jefferson County, becoming the only four county PSAP in Oregon. Like TRICOM before it, Frontier Regional 9-1-1 operates entirely on its own 9-1-1 excise tax revenues with no outside support from local government or other sources, the only PSAP in Oregon that does so.

“The TRICOM/Frontier Regional PSAP was built and developed with approximately $600,000 in federal and state competitive grant award funds, providing the substantial, sustainable and very real economic benefit of 13 local family wage jobs.

“The third entity formed was Frontier Digital Network, which owns and operates one of the five digital switches in Oregon and the first digital switch in the state to functionally utilize the P25 TDMA Phase II operating standard; necessary both to preserve a public safety standard-compliant system, and to avoid the expense of upgrading an outdated VHF system that even after updating would have still been a substandard public safety operating platform. 

“The digital switch supports a 700 MHz digital communications platform serving law enforcement and emergency services agencies in three counties; in addition to serving as an essential mission-critical regional communications hub in the event of wide area emergency incidents such as a predicted mass inflow of evacuees from a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. The digital switch is located in a secure electronically monitored, target hardened facility specifically designed and built to survive everything from earthquakes to nuclear winds.

“Today, Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties, through Frontier TeleNet and its partner entities – Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Communications Agency and Frontier Digital Network – represent the highest public communications standard achievable with the combination of federal, state and local funds secured for that specific purpose and goal. Further, these same entities form a nucleus of experienced, highly qualified service providers long and widely acknowledged as exceptional, not only for their past and potential future contributions in the region and to the state, but also because three counties have been willing to subordinate their individual interests to the higher purpose of doing the right thing the right way for everyone.

“Frontier TeleNet provides dedicated internet access and data transport services to Asher Clinics in Fossil, Spray and Mitchell; internet services to Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GHOBI) in Condon and Fossil; in partnership with Lightspeed Networks video arraignment services to the Oregon Judicial department in John Day, Fossil, Condon and Moro; in partnership with Windwave Communications data transport for Bank of Eastern Oregon in Prairie City, John Day, Fossil, Condon and Moro; and singularly backhaul cell phone services for US Cellular in Spray and Fossil, where US Cellular towers and shelters reside on Frontier TeleNet sites. These long-term services have been delivered efficiently, effectively, reliably and affordably over an extended period of time. All Asher Clinic services were made possible by system upgrades paid with $1.5 million in competitive grant awards.

“As a matter of interest – and to eliminate any confusion or speculation about any additional compensation I may or may not have received – I wrote all the successful grant applications referred to herein – I wrote them as a function of my normal contractual duties to Frontier TeleNet at no additional cost to the organizations and by extension no reduction in benefit to the citizens served or to the expanded essential public services provided thereby.

“For fifteen years Frontier TeleNet, plus its original and subsequent partners, TRICOM, Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Communications Agency and Frontier Digital Network, have together been the heart of public purpose communications in our three counties.

“I would respectfully suggest that in the interests of moving forward in a positive manner, differences could be set aside long enough to at least initiate a constructive dialogue for the purpose of determining how we might work together to identify and ultimately craft solutions that will best serve all the residents of Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties – exactly the solid and historically proven purpose of the original and subsequently combined Frontier organizations since 2001.”

3. City of Grass Valley: Notice of Public Hearing


The City of Grass Valley City Council will conduct a public hearing beginning at 7:00 p.m. on August 7, 2017, in the Grass Valley Pavilion.  The purpose of the public hearing is to consider a Conditional Use Permit request on behalf of Aurora Gardens LLC. to operate a hemp processing and production facility on the former school site.  The property is the former School Facility located at 212 North Street in the City.  It is described by the Sherman County Assessor’s Recorders as Tax Lot 100 of Assessor’s Map 2S-16E-26CD.  The property is planned and zoned Residential – Agricultural (R-A).  Aurora Gardens is currently registered with Oregon Department of Agriculture for industrial hemp activities. Both proponents and opponents of this issue will be given opportunity to submit written testimony or speak before the Commission. Failure to raise a specific issue during the local review process may preclude an appeal to the City Council or Land Use Board of Appeals based on this issue. Staff report and other documentation will be available no later 7 days prior to the hearing.  Written testimony should be submitted to City Administrator until 5:00 pm on day of hearing.

Copies of the application and all relevant materials are available at City of Grass Valley Offices.  Any questions, please contact Carol von Borstel, City Administrator, at (541) 333-2434.

All interested parties are urged to attend.  ~Nick Kraemer, City Planner

4. Sherman County, Oregon – A History Collection

caricatureskSherman County, Oregon, A Historical Collection is a new local history website ( honoring the people who lived in Sherman County, kept the records, preserved the stories and encouraged Sherry Kaseberg’s interest in the county in which she grew up. In Kaseberg’s own words the information presented is “truly the work of many, and will appeal to history enthusiasts and genealogists.”

The website, recently introduced by Kaseberg, shares her 1965 cemetery survey and stories, time lines, photographs and information about businesses, churches, government, military service, places and towns

“Growing up in Moro, I was inspired by a fourth-grade book about the Oregon Trail and the orphaned Sager children which led to a crayon mural. My fifth and sixth grade teacher, Grace (May) Zevely, opened windows to history, geography, geology, maps and rivers with field trips and pen pals in other countries,” said Kaseberg. An eighth-grade history assignment, which she views as a gift, required interviews of town elders.

For many years, Kaseberg volunteered for the Sherman County Historical Society, and served as Sherman County Commissioner and on the Oregon Geographic Names Board.

“This is a big site, the result of a lifetime journey with local storytellers and record keepers, but it’s not everything,” Kaseberg adds. “There is a wealth of information in the interpretive exhibits, publications and collections at the national-award-winning Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro.”

For additional information visit

5. An Inner Spirit So Bright

As some of you might remember, Lou Tice and current Seattle Seahawks football coach, Pete Carroll, knew each other for quite a while before Lou passed, and one of their collaborations was Pete’s “A Better L.A.” project. (This began while Pete Carroll was at the University of Southern California.)

Pete’s not your “normal” football coach, and his personality and attitudes initially caused some skepticism with the local sportscasters and sports writers. After two Super Bowl appearances in a row, other NFL and college football coaches have taken notice. He may be the oldest coach in the NFL, but he certainly doesn’t act like it – just watch him on the sidelines during a game.

The thing about Pete is that he is a very “up” person. It’s not artificial, something he puts on for the press. This is the real Pete. He has a real belief that something great is about to happen, and he means it. “If something is going wrong, I don’t care, because I know, over here, something really good is just about to happen,” Pete has said. And, if something were to really go wrong, “I don’t come out of my office until I get myself right. I’m too contagious.”

You, too, are too contagious. Each of us has an impressionable effect on the people around us, positive or negative, because we have influence. Because we are growing and becoming closer to our true potential, we have influence. Others look to us for an example to follow. This might seem like a heavy burden, but it doesn’t have to be. You can carry it well, and here is an affirmation from Pete to help: “My inner spirit is so strong and so bright that nothing, or no one, can blow my light out.” Lou added another piece: “I’m like the birthday candle that won’t go out.”

You are strong and capable, and with an inner spirit so bright, if you use it for the right reasons, you have a positive influence on the world around you. Now, multiply that by a million and what do we have? Multiply that by a billion, and what do we have?

A world of possibilities, ready to become realities; that is what we have. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon State Fair Creative Living Competitions 




Oregon.Flat.poleCategories include Visual Arts, Culinary & Entertaining, Crafts & Hobbies, Agriculture & Horticulture and Textiles. Competition open to all ages!
Join us for Classic and Culinary Competitions on the Explore Oregon Stage.
All participants in stage contests receive one free fair admission and parking pass! 
Sign up to volunteer and receive one free fair admission and parking for the day!