Sherman County eNews #307


  1. Sherman Booster Club Annual Homecoming BBQ on Friday, Oct. 20

  2. Western Oregon University Names R. Mobley to Athletic Hall of Fame

  3. Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries’ Deliberations in Moro

  4. Sherman County Watershed Coordinator Job Opening

  5. Do I Feel Powerful?

  6. Notice: Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 20

  7. Oregon Sends Five More Task Forces to California Fires

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

1. Sherman Booster Club Annual Homecoming BBQ on Friday, Oct. 20

Homecoming BBQ
October 20, 2017
Sherman County School Football Field

Beginning at 5:45 p.m. until the end of halftime of the football game,

Boosters will be serving burgers, chips and a drink for $6.00.
We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Thank you for supporting the Booster Club and our students/athletes.

~Sherman Boosters

2. Western Oregon University Names R. Mobley to Athletic Hall of Fame

The Western Oregon University Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductees: Bob Frantz, Toby Wolf, Ron Mobley, Bobby Pope, Jessica Jones (Hemsley), Shana Lavier (Hilyard) and Wayne Hamersly. This [is] the twelfth induction class into the WOU Athletic Hall of Fame. 

These individuals [were] recognized and honored for their outstanding contributions on October 14 at the WOU football and volleyball games and officially inducted during a ceremony between games. The ceremony [was] held at the conclusion of the football game in the Willamette Room in the Werner University Center. For more information contact the WOU athletic office at 503-838-8449.

2017 Hall of Fame Class:
Bob Frantz (Men’s Basketball and Baseball): A member of the Wolves basketball and baseball teams during his time at OCE. Frantz was inducted into NAIA District 2 Hall of Fame and named OCE’s Outstanding Athlete Award winner in 1954.

Toby Wolf (Men’s Basketball, Football and Track & Field): A member of three sports teams during his time at OCE, Wolf was a member of the famed McCullough’s Midgets basketball team that made the district playoffs in the 1962-63 season. He still holds a school record for making all of his 21 free throws in a game against Eastern Oregon in 1962. He led the team in 1962-63 in rebounding with 182 and averaged 9.6 per game. Wolf was named all-District 2 honorable mention in 1960-61 and first team in 1961-62.

Ron Mobley (Track & Field & Football): A dual-sport athlete in football and a member of the track and field team. He ranks seventh all-time with 16 touchdown receptions and eighth with an average of 17.6 yards per catch. At one point in his career, he held the Western Oregon single-game record for most reception yards in a game with 216 in a playoff game vs. Mesa State in 1985, which was a NAIA record. He finished his football career as a two-time all-conference selection. His jump of 24-0.75 in the long jump currently ranks sixth, and his time of 10.74 in the 100 meters is currently the eighth fastest in Western Oregon University Track and Field history.

Jessica Jones [Hemsley] (Volleyball): A standout setter who helped WOU compile a 151-41 regular season record, a 14-7 NAIA playoff record and competed in the NAIA National Tournament each of her four years as a Wolf. She was named third team All-American, AVCA All-Pacific NW Region and NAIA All-District 2/PNW Region first team in 1996 and 1997. She holds the Western Oregon record for career assists with 5,296 and ranks 10th for service aces with 127 and fourth for digs with 1,745 on the Wolves all-time top 10 list. She holds the single-match record in assists with 86 against Rockhurst in 1995.

Shana Lavier [Hilyard] (Softball and Volleyball): An athlete in volleyball and softball during her time at Western Oregon. In 1996, as a member of the softball team, she was named an All-American, one of three softball players in the history of the program to earn that honor. She remains in the top 10 for single-season records including her .404 batting average in 1996 and eight triples in the 1997 season. Her career batting average of .386 was a record for more than 13 years and currently ranks fourth in that category.

Wayne Hamersly (Meritorious Service): A former student-athlete in football and a longtime supporter to Western Oregon University and the athletic department. He has been instrumental in many projects and events throughout the years that have helped student-athletes achieve success both in the classroom and in competition as well. Over the years, his family has provided scholarship dollars to give many student-athletes the opportunity to attend Western Oregon University. When the stands at McArthur Field burned down in 1975, Hamersly organized several former student-athletes and community members to assist in the rebuilding of the current stadium. He and his wife also answered the call when a new library was needed. The building the family backed financially now bears their name.

3. Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries’ Deliberations in Moro

The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries convened in Moro on Friday, October 13, with advisory staff, director Kuri Gill, and three interested citizens, including former Commission member Sherry Kaseberg and Sherman County Historical Museum Director Patti Fields. No representatives of local cemeteries were present.

On Friday, their work included deliberations on proposed administrative rules enabling 2017 legislation, HB2516, to establish the procedures, criteria and requirements that Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will use in issuing a permit to restore, maintain and preserve an abandoned cemetery. A bulletin under development to inform the public of this process was reviewed.

Also a work-in-progress, a cemetery irrigation and mowing position paper addresses the problems with irrigation in cemeteries, the calcium, iron and other minerals in the water that stain monuments, and appropriate cleaning without causing damage to granite, marble and other materials used for monuments.

Irrigation issues don’t end there as more grass and weed growth leads to potential for damage caused by collisions with mower blades and base wear from string trimmers. The group exchanged ideas for the use of native plants to reduce the cost of cemetery maintenance and monument damage. 

Established in 1999, the Historic Cemeteries program coordinates with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) to maintain a list of historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon and to promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries and provide financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. 

See for a wide range of resources for interested citizens and cemetery owners and operators.

Some Sherman County cemetery information can be found at Sherman County, Oregon History Collection.

4. Sherman County Watershed Coordinator Job Opening

Position: 40hrs/wk + benefits; Open until filled

Starting Salary: $29,356 to $36,611, DOE 

The Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation Office is seeking to hire a Watershed Coordinator who will be responsible for the smooth functioning of the Sherman County Area Watershed Council administered by Sherman County SWCD.  The Watershed Coordinator organizes meetings, writes and edits documents, secures funding for projects, coordinates projects on behalf of the watershed council, and may need to perform some duties of a Conservation Technician (field work, technical advice on projects, etc.).The position is located in Moro, Oregon and will work throughout Sherman County.  The position will be supervised through the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District and Watershed Council. A full job description can be found on the Council and District websites, and A copy can also be requested from the SWCD office, 541-565-3551 x 3. All applications (cover letter and resume) can be dropped off or mailed to the SWCD office, (302 Scott St. P.O. Box 405, Moro, OR. 97039). 

5. Do I Feel Powerful?

What do the words “personal power” make you think of? These two words together could be perceived as either positive or negative. So, the question for today is, do you see yourself as a powerful person?

What you think about personal power will influence your ability to claim it and exercise it in your life. If you believe that power means either control or loss of control, without knowing why, you will hesitate to claim it.

If you think, even subconsciously, that power is bad, negative, angry, manipulative, abusive or intimidating, you won’t be motivated to empower yourself or others. Too many people have been conditioned to believe that “power” means “having power over,” but it is really not about that at all. Rather, it is about having the power “to” – to act, influence, cause or make happen, to create and to do.

Most importantly, power is not an external force. Instead of coming, as so many people believe, from economic or social status, education, successful careers or material wealth, power is first and foremost internal.

It comes from feeling that you have the final accountability and authority for your own life. It comes from feeling a strong, vital and respectful connection to others – family, friends, community and, in fact, all life on the planet. And it benefits others as much as it benefits you.

So, take some time to think about personal power. Then ask yourself, “Do I feel powerful?” If not, why not? If you do, then the next question becomes, “How do I use my power?” There are a great many answers to that question, and each reveals a facet of our personalities, and perhaps, our souls. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Notice: Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Oct. 20

The Frontier TeleNet board of directors, Gilliam County Judge Steve Shaffer, Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson and Wheeler County Judge Lynn Morley, with staff, Mike Smith and Jeanne Burch, will meet at the Gilliam County Courthouse lower conference room at 10:00 AM October 20th.

Agenda topics include: Public Input/Comment; Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda; Minutes Review and Approval; Financials Review and Approval; Cottonwood Tower update; Day Wireless FTN / FDN contract merge; Wheeler County Wireless Memorandum of Agreement; AOC assistance update; FTN Website update; Sherman County Fiber Optic RFP for Wasco to Rufus update; Frontier 911 Burns Paiute Tribe update; Public Input/Comment; Next Meeting Date. The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).

7. Oregon Sends Five More Task Forces to California Fires

California fire officials sent an additional request for five strike teams from Oregon to assist with fires burning near Chino in southerrn California.

In response, the OSFM Agency Operations Center activated strike team crews from Linn/Benton counties, Umatilla/Union counties, Clackamas County, and Klamath/Douglas counties who are now on their way.

The OSFM is extremely grateful to Oregon’s fire chiefs and their agencies for again stepping up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south as they continue to struggle with an unprecedented amount of fires on their landscape.

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