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!