Sherman County eNews #241


  1. A Line in the Sand: Bigotry & Stereotypes

  2. Sharon Parsons 1960-2017

  3. The Perseid Meteor Showers Peak this Weekend, Aug. 12-13

  4. History Tidbits: Oregon Trading Co. & Crosfield General Merchandise in Wasco

  5. Oregon Farm Bureau Seeks Photos for 2018 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar

  6. Editorial: Response to Sheriff Lohrey re: Frontier TeleNet

  7. ODOT Enlists Guard Help For Eclipse Duty

 1. A Line in the Sand: Bigotry & Stereotypes

Living in a society that operates from racist and sexist values is no laughing matter – as is evidenced practically every day in the news. Everybody likes to enjoy a good laugh, and everybody wants to feel that they are a part of a happy group of friends. But what about the times when the laugh seems to be at someone else’s expense?

What do you do when you hear a friend tell a joke that plays on physical, racial, ethnic or gender stereotypes? What do you do when you are chatting with a group of pals and someone makes a remark that indicates intolerance, bigotry or sexism? You sell yourself and our society short if you join these “We’re OK, they aren’t OK” sessions.

For the sake of your own self-esteem and for the sake of a democratic society, you owe it to yourself to be decent and fair and insist that others be the same way in your presence. Refrain from telling, laughing at, or in any way going along with racial, ethnic, religious or gender jokes, or to any practices whatsoever that are intended to demean rather than enhance another human being.

Walk away from them. Stare them down. Make them unacceptable in your homes, places of worship, and the workplace. Perhaps we aren’t all equally guilty, but we are all equally responsible for building a decent and just society – regardless of where we live. The world is too small a place now, to allow this poorly-disguised hatred to fester. And in a time when cooperation is the path to solutions to the world’s challenges, we really don’t need anything else to further separate us.

Racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry and intolerance undermine our strength, and weaken the fibers of our society. Draw this line in the sand, so to speak – one that you refuse to cross. Perhaps this is one group you don’t need to feel a part of today. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Sharon Parsons 1960-2017 

flower.rose.starSharon Parsons was born August 24, 1960 and passed away August 3, 2017 in The Dalles. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2500 W. 8th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Sharon’s name to Bread and Blessings, 314 W. 3rd Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

3. The Perseid Meteor Showers Peak this Weekend, Aug. 12-13 

starsSpace Weather News for August 11, 2017
PERSEID FIREBALLS: The Perseid meteor shower, which peaks this weekend (Aug. 12-13), produces more fireballs than any other known annual meteor shower. (Fireballs are meteors brighter than Jupiter or Venus.) This characteristic of the Perseids is important because in 2017 the shower peaks under the light of a bright gibbous Moon. Perseid fireballs should be visible in spite of lunar interference, producing a pleasing display for anyone outdoors before sunrise on Saturday and Sunday. Visit for observing tips.

4. History Tidbits: Oregon Trading Co. & Crosfield General Merchandise in Wasco

In November, 1903, a disastrous fire started in the basement of an addition under construction at Oregon Trading Company’s store and spread to the main building and the adjacent opera house and John Venable’s house. The Oregon Trading Company property of E.O. McCoy and George N. Crosfield, the largest general merchandise house in Sherman County, with building and stock valued at $100,000, was insured for $60,000. Crosfield was severely burned in an attempt to save some valuable papers.

George N. Crosfield’s brick General Merchandise Store on the corner of Clark and First streets must have been built after the loss of the Oregon Trading Company building. Additional information about this building will be appreciated. Contact Sherry at

5. Oregon Farm Bureau Seeks Photos for 2018 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar

camera.handheldThrough Sept. 15, Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit their best photos of Oregon agriculture for a chance to be featured in the 2018 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the crops, the cultivation, the landscape, anything that depicts the beauty, culture, enjoyment, technology, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

“What makes the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar so special is that the images are sourced from the public,” said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. “Oregon agriculture is an interesting, visual, and inspiring subject for photographers.

“We’re looking for what I call ‘gaze-worthy’ images, photos that you can enjoy for a month as the calendar hangs on the wall,” said Moss. “The Oregon’s Bounty Calendar is mailed to over 66,000 Farm Bureau members around the state and thousands more are distributed throughout the year. It’s truly an exceptional opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers to get their work shown.”

Horizontal-layout, high-resolution images — both close-ups and panoramic shots — are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons. Subject ideas include rural scenery; portraits of farmers and ranchers; planting or harvest shots; scenes from farm stands, on-farm events, farmers markets, or county fairs; and close-ups of fruits, vegetables, flowers, crops in the field, or farm animals.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, and there’s no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

As thanks for participating, everyone who submits photos with their mailing address will receive a complimentary copy of the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar. Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon’s Bounty, along with six runners up, will receive a photo credit in the calendar and numerous copies.

Submission instructions, photo specifications, and contest rules are available at

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policy-making arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties.

For more information, contact Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at, 503.399.1701.

6. Editorial: Response to Sheriff Lohrey re: Frontier TeleNet

pen.markerIn Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey’s commentary in The Citizen-Reporter, he expressed frustration about “a great deal of criticism of Frontier TeleNet… that it seems a handful of people are trying to destroy a system that we have worked so hard to build… We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing people to give Frontier TeleNet a bad name.”

We believe we are among those in the “handful of people.” It is not now and never was our intent, nor do we have knowledge of anyone with intent, to destroy a telecommunications system or Frontier TeleNet. A handful of citizens expressed concerns and asked questions wanting Frontier TeleNet to succeed. For ten months now it’s been about process and transparency.

We encourage the “handful of people” Sheriff Lohrey mentioned to respond to his questions.

No concerns have been expressed about Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Agency’s performance or its entirely separate governing board on which Sheriff Lohrey serves. Not one.

If concerns expressed about Frontier TeleNet are perceived as criticism, “Let those whom the shoe fits wear it.” It’s not helpful when questions and suggestions are received as personal attacks.

As for “allowing people to give Frontier TeleNet a bad name,” we are mindful of the first amendment. If anyone is giving Frontier TeleNet a bad name, it is Frontier TeleNet. We expressed concerns about Frontier TeleNet governance based on the facts found in Frontier TeleNet’s records.

Thank you for expressing these concerns and asking questions, Sheriff Lohrey.  

Sheriff Lohrey: “Does anybody even know what the problem is?”

Answer: Yes. The problems are, in a nutshell, failures of planning, process and transparency. The current situation is not a positive governing environment.

Sheriff Lohrey: “What is your motive?” 

Answer: We’ve been very clear. We want Frontier TeleNet to succeed by exercising lawful, ethical, transparent process with respect for the opinions of the citizens. We requested meeting minutes and they were forthcoming. We requested copies of specific public records. We’re still waiting.

Sheriff Lohrey: “If so, please explain so that it can be fixed…”

Explanation: The governing board did not ask us to help “fix the problem,” but we and a handful of people offered constructive, positive suggestions that were largely ignored. Engaging with the Association of Oregon Counties’ County Solutions program for professional assessment and assistance would be an effective first step toward restoring Frontier TeleNet to a transparent partnership with lawful practices and to regain the public’s trust.

Well-compensated Frontier TeleNet board members and staff should be able to deliver what we have every right to expect, a transparent, ethical, impartial, thoughtful, and collaborative execution of their duties.

To set the editorial record straight, we repeatedly made it clear that we appreciated and supported Frontier TeleNet’s success since its beginning. We respect public service and want public officials, elected and un-elected, to succeed. We believe it is our collective responsibility to pay attention, be informed and hold public officials accountable. The Times-Journal coverage has kept us informed. 

7. ODOT Enlists Guard Help For Eclipse Duty 

Traffic help at key Madras intersections

eclipse2BEND — With thousands of travelers expected to descend on Madras for the total solar eclipse, ODOT is bringing in extra help for traffic control downtown. A team of Oregon National Guard engineers will be on hand in Madras to help with traffic.

According to District 10 Manager Jim Scholtes, “We are pretty sure that Madras will be flooded with cars and pedestrians. We want some extra help at key intersections to help with the crush and the Guard has offered their services. We took them up on the offer.”

Motorists and pedestrians can expect to see uniformed guardsmen and women at the signalized intersections along both sides of the US97 corridor in Madras.