Sherman County eNews #237


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

  2. Letting Go of Worry

  3. Op-Ed: A “Whodunit?” in Wheeler County

  4. Oregon Medal of Honor Highway & Cities Fact Sheet

  5. Oregon Honors Wartime Veterans with Signs on Major Highways

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

 “Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”  — John Adams

1. 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


2. Letting Go of Worry

What would you like to avoid in your life?  Most of us try to avoid certain things like illness and injury, poverty, stress, depression and pain, just to name a few.

Now, it makes sense to try to avoid these things as much as possible. However, some people spend an enormous amount of time worrying about how to avoid them, and worrying about how to cope with them if they do happen to occur. Well, just by spending that much time worrying, they are pretty much eliminating the possibility of feeling happy.

These folks are also raising their stress level, thereby weakening their immune system, which makes them more susceptible to the illness and pain they are trying to avoid. Depression often follows excessive worry, and if you are stressed and depressed, chances are you are not going to do your best at work, at home, or anyplace else.

You see, worry creates a self-fulfilling prophecy, because we move toward and become like what we think about. When we worry, the pictures we are creating in our minds are overwhelmingly negative. Remember, as human beings, we are picture oriented. We follow the strongest pictures in our minds. So, if we spend most of our time worrying about something, we shouldn’t be surprised when it, obligingly, shows up.

Worrying is a lot like paying for trouble, before you get the bill. You wouldn’t think of doing that with your money, would you? So, why in the world would you do it with something more precious than money – your time and your life?

For every minute you spend worrying, how could you be affirming personal success and happiness instead? ~The Pacific Institute 

3. Op-Ed: A “Whodunit?” in Wheeler County  

pencil.sharpWheeler County’s Senate Bill 5530 funding for a fiber optic telecommunication line and a mysterious amendment to the bill led to our investigation. We found no discussion or process for an amendment in Wheeler County Court records. What we found is a deliberate and calculated behind-the-scenes change of legislative intent.

For a month or two now the folks in Wheeler County wondered about the status of Senate Bill 5530.  Will we be getting fiber optic into our County?  We heard that there had been a request for a change in the wording of SB 5530, but were unable to confirm that or determine by whom, nor had we been able to obtain a copy of the bill as it had been amended.

During the Wheeler County Court meeting on August 2nd, 2017, those questions were directed to Judge Morley. His answer was that he had singularly requested the Senate Bill 5530 amendment to Rep. Greg Smith, a member of the Capital Construction Ways and Means Subcommittee. He confirmed that it had never been discussed by the county court, that there had never been a motion made or passed concerning an amendment to Senate Bill 5530, and that there is no reference to even a discussion of it in the County minutes. That subcommittee would be the first to approve the amendment after which it would be passed on to the Senate and then to the House and then to Governor Brown to sign. As of last week she had not yet done that.

Now we know “whodunit,” but we still cannot obtain paper documentation of the requested amendment that was penned, probably by Frontier TeleNet, and passed on to Rep. Greg Smith by Judge Morley.

The request for the amendment raises a question of due diligence and proper procedure in our Wheeler County Court for which the business of the County is to be conducted in open public session and then passed, or not passed, by the Wheeler County Court on the record.  That did not occur.

The Wheeler County Court is the only entity with legal authority to propose amendments to Senate Bill 5530 for a Wheeler County project.  So this illegitimate amendment cannot be signed by Governor Brown. It must be passed back to the Wheeler County Court for their public meeting action.

How in the world, for three or four County Court meetings, did it happen that County Judge Morley never felt it was important enough to put it on the Court agenda to let the citizens know what was going on?

We had to read it in The Times-Journal that the Frontier TeleNet board, on July 21, “… 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.”

The definition of “broadband” includes fiber optics, telephones wired and wireless, microwave communications, satellites, radio and television broadcasting, the internet and telegraph.

Then our investigations led us to the facts: in the amended version of Senate Bill 5530, the term “an underground fiber optic telecommunication line” was replaced with “a telecommunication system…”

Despite what Judge Morley says, the legislative change was intended to approve aerial fiber optic rather than underground. It will serve very few people (Frontier’s own non-competitive Rural Technology Group’s present subscribers) because it is limited to line of sight connectivity.

In summary, the legislature cannot approve microwave even with the amendment because, the legislative intent is not met with microwave technology.  Enrolled House Bill 5030 (HB 5030-A), Section 23, Paragraph 3, (2015) says it must:               1.  “CREATE JOBS”:  2017 Bond Grant Titled: State of Oregon Lottery Revenue Bonds Grant Agreement:  WHEELER COUNTY/OHSU FIBER OPTIC LINE, etc.               2.  “FURTHER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT”               3.  “FINANCE PUBLIC EDUCATION”               4.  “Or RESTORE AND PROTECT PARKS, BEACHES, WATERSHEDS AND NATIVE FISH AND WILDLIFE”                5.   “And is authorized based on the funding that construction of a fiber optic telecommunication line in Wheeler County will bring telecommuting jobs into the county and will expand future opportunities for economic development in the John Day Basin.”

Therefore let’s have at it!  It’s time to send out requests for project and bid proposals. We are a year late doing it, but better late than never.  We’ve got three years to get this thing done.   That $2 million dollars is ours. We just need to get to work and do it legally for a change!

~ Roberta Vandehey, 20481 Winlock Lane, Fossil, Oregon 97830

Ph: 541-468-2455   email:

4. Oregon Medal of Honor Highway & Cities Fact Sheet

Oregon.Flat.poleOn July 14, 2016, the nonprofit Bend Heroes Foundation requested the Oregon legislature to honor Oregon’s 26 Medal of Honor recipients with a border to border “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” on US Highway 20 and 12 cities designated as “Medal of Honor City/Community”. The honors would be accomplished by signs installed by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) along the 451 mile US 20 highway between Newport, OR and the OR/ID border near Nyssa, OR. Bend Heroes Foundation would install markers at each Medal of Honor City or Community. This project will be funded by donations to Bend Heroes Foundation.

Bend Heroes Foundation drafted and requested the legislation which became House Bill 2100 (Oregon Medal of Honor Highway) and House Concurrent Resolution 1 (Medal of Honor Community/City). Chief Sponsors of the legislation are Representative John Huffman, Senator Tim Knopp, Representative Gene Whisnant, and Representative Mike McLane. Both measures were passed by unanimous vote by the Oregon House and Senate on June 5 and May 31 respectively. Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2100 into law on June 20. The new law will become effective on October 10.

The Medal of Honor Highway and City/Community signage project honors 26 recipients connected with Oregon (home of record, residence after receiving the Medal of Honor or burial) and who received the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for military valor during combat in 8 wars in 10 countries over 108 years from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. The legislation includes honoring future Medal of Honor recipients connected with Oregon.

To earn the Medal of Honor the recipient had to act with conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during combat at the risk of his or her life while saving others. More than half of the nation’s recipients from WWI to the present lost their lives during their act of unselfish heroism.

This project compliments the “Oregon Medal of Honor Exhibit” created by the Foundation at Evergreen Air & Space Museum in McMinnville and the 5 veterans’ memorial highways signs project across Oregon also managed by Bend Heroes Foundation.

The 451 mile “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” on US Highway 20 begins at Newport, Oregon, crosses 6 counties and ends at the Oregon/Idaho border at Nyssa, Oregon (attached map). We believe the “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” and the “Medal of Honor City/Community” project is another first of a kind honor to veterans in our nation.

At 3,365 miles in length, US Highway 20 is the longest highway in our nation – begins in Newport, OR crosses 12 states and ends in Boston, MA. Fifty seven (57) percent of all 3,498 Medal of Honor awards since 1863 (154 years ago) are accredited to those 12 states. At least 12 states have created Medal of Honor highways, bridges etc. named for individual recipients. None honor all of a state’s recipients or are border to border in length. It is hoped that Oregon’s initiative will result in more Medal of Honor Highways and Cities in other states.

The 12 Medal of Honor Cities are: Agness, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Hood River, Jordan Valley, Medford, Oakridge, Portland, Richland, Salem and The Dalles. All are incorporated except Agness (Community). Attached is a list of the 26 Oregon Medal of Honor recipients, their military service, wars and cities.

At 96, WWII Army Medal of Honor recipient Mr. Robert D. “Bob” Maxwell of Bend is the “most senior” of the 71 (4 WWII and 67 post WWII) Medal of Honor recipients of all wars living in our nation today. Bob is a Director of Bend Heroes Foundation and treasured advisor for this unique project.

Prominent “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” highway signs (see below) will be funded by Bend Heroes Foundation and installed by ODOT along US 20.  Medal of Honor historic markers will also be funded by the Foundation and installed by ODOT at  selected rest areas and turnouts along US 20 displaying the 3 Medal of Honor medals (Army, Navy/Marines/Coast Guard and Air Force), criteria for receiving the Medal of Honor award, names of all 26 recipients and their wars.  A quick response (QR) code on the ADA accessible  markers will allow viewers to download more detailed information from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society web site.

The Medal of Honor City/Community marker program will be managed by the Foundation. A permanent marker at each city/community  will include the name of the city, name of the recipient, image of the recipient’s Medal of Honor medal, citation, name of war, and years of that war, dedication date and QR code for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Bend Heroes Foundation raised $70,200 to pay ODOT to fabricate and install  67 signs on 5 border to border veterans’ memorial highways on US 395 (WWI), US 97 (WWII), I-5 (Korea, Purple Heart Trail), I-84 (Vietnam) and US 101 (Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq). The Foundation initiated that project with the Legislature to honor nearly one half million Oregon veterans who served, 6,022 who died and 15,000 who were wounded during 5 major wars over the last 100 years from WWI to the present.

The Foundation has enjoyed an outstanding relationship with ODOT HQ, Regions and District staff over the last 9 years and is grateful that relationship will continue onward. We also thank the Oregon Legislature for eagerly supporting legislation we requested over the last 9 years honoring Oregon’s half million war veterans with extensive memorial highways across Oregon.

The Foundation plans to raise another $30,000 to fund the new Oregon Medal of Honor Highway and Medal of Honor City/Community project. Donations are tax deductible and can be made at or by mail: 1900 NE 3rd St., Ste 106, #205, Bend, OR 97701.

Someone must speak for these 26 “Bravest of the Brave” heroes and that high honor and privilege has fallen to all of us.  Contact: Dick Tobiason, Chairman, Bend Heroes Foundation and Project Manager:, 541.390.9932 Web site:, 1900 NE 3rd St., Ste 106 #205, Bend, OR 97701

5. Oregon Honors Wartime Veterans with Signs on Major Highways

Oregon.Flat.poleDuring the last ten years, the non-profit Bend Heroes Foundation has been successful in requesting the Oregon legislature and 3 Governors to adopt laws honoring nearly one-half million Oregon veterans who served during 5 major wars during the last 99 years beginning with WWI: WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Over 6,000 veterans from Oregon made the supreme sacrifice and another 15,000 Oregonians were wounded during those wars.

The honors to Oregon’s 480,000 wartime veterans were accomplished by 67 signs each 4 ft. x 8 ft. in size installed on 5 major border-to-border highways totaling 1,730 miles in length. Each highway is more than 300 miles long and displays 10-18 signs with half facing in each direction. The 5 highways are:

WWI Veterans Memorial Highway: US Hwy 395

WWII Veterans Historic Highway: US Hwy 97/SR 126

Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway and Purple Heart Trail: Interstate 5

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway: Interstate 84

Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Memorial Highway: US Hwy 101

The Purple Heart Trail signs on Oregon’s 308 mile long Interstate 5 connect  California’s and Washington’s Purple Heart Trails on Interstate 5 thereby creating the first Purple Heart Trail spanning our nation in any direction. Likewise the 338 mile long border-to-border Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Memorial Highway along the beautiful Oregon coast is believed to be the first of its kind in our nation.

The 67 highway signs were funded by veterans groups, Boards of County Commissions, civic organizations, a non-profit foundation and individuals. No tax payer funds were used. This project is valued at $70,200. Bend Heroes Foundation raised the funds and paid Oregon Department of Transportation to fabricate and install the signs throughout Oregon.

Bend Heroes Foundation requested the Oregon Legislature to honor the State’s 26 Medal of Honor recipients (Civil War to Vietnam) by designating all 451 miles of US Highway 20 from Newport to the Oregon/Idaho border as the “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” and designate 12 cities as “Medal of Honor City”. The honors would be accomplished by 10-14 signs on US 20 and 12 markers in the cities. These Oregon honors are another “first in the nation” tribute to the 26 men who acted above and beyond the call of duty and at risk to their own lives while saving others thus receiving our nation’s highest award for military valor during 8 wars (Civil War to Vietnam War) over 108 years.

The Oregon House of Representatives and Senate unanimously approved both bills which were signed recently. Bend Heroes Foundation will raise $25,000- $30,000 to fund the highway signs and city markers to be installed during 2017 – 2018.

At 3,365 miles in length, US Hwy 20  is the longest highway in our nation crossing 12 states between Newport, OR and Boston, MA. It is possible the other 11 states (and states not on US 20) could adopt the Oregon precedent. The 12 states account for 57% of all 3,498 Medal of Honor awards since 1863 when President Lincoln signed legislation creating the Medal of Honor award.

When the “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” signs project is complete in 2018, there will be almost 100 highway and city signs on 6 border to border highways totaling 2,200 miles in length at a cost of almost $100,000. No tax payer funds have been or will be used. Photos of signs on each of the 5 highways are shown below and on Bend Heroes Foundation web site:

Veterans from anywhere in our nation who travel Oregon’s new veterans highways are honored by the new highway signs.

Bend Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Bend, Oregon.  All of Oregon’s Legislators, many patriotic donors and ODOT have made this 10 year project a reality. It has been a high honor and privilege leading this legacy project saluting Oregon’s veterans.

~ Dick Tobiason, Chairman, Bend Heroes Foundation

LTC US Army Retired, Vietnam Veteran (1966-1967, 1972-1973)

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