Sherman County eNews #314


  1. Wheat Industry to be Featured on Cooking Channel & Food Network, Oct. 24, 27 

  2. Sherman Historical Society Dinner, Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years, Nov. 5

  3. Editorial: Sherman County Telecommunications & Tax Dollars

  4. OSU Building Name Changes Public Comment Period Ends, Nov. 15

  5. Gain or Loss: Where is Your Focus?

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

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

1. Wheat Industry to be Featured on Cooking Channel &Food Network, Oct. 24, 27 

Washington D.C. (October 23, 2017) – The National Wheat Foundation has been invited by WGST Productions to take part in a series called FoodQuest which goes across the globe to look at some of the most popular food staples. The series is hosted and co-hosted by Robin Leach, Alonzo Mourning and Kim Alexis and premiered on the Cooking Channel on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 with an additional viewing on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 10:00amEST. The episode will then air this on Friday, October 27 at 9:30amEST on the Food Network.

Sharon Springs, Kansas, wheat farmer David Schemm will be featured in the Foundation’s segment representing wheat. The National Wheat Foundation partnered with Ardent Mills on this project to provide the kitchen and chef to also be featured in the segment.

“We are very excited to be a part of this unique opportunity which showcases wheat and wheat farmers on a national level,” said Phil Mclain, Chairman of the National Wheat Foundation. “The segment also does an excellent job of bringing to light the recent anti-gluten fads and reminds consumers of the important and nutritional role wheat plays in the human diet.”

The Foundation also partnered with John Deere whose equipment is featured in the segment and the Wheat Foods Council who provided recipes, historical facts, and national data for each variety of wheat.

“This segment would not have been made possible without our partners who provided input to the script, filming locations, and equipment,” continued Mclain. “This segment shows how bringing awareness to the importance of wheat and farmers is a priority across the value chain.”

2. Sherman Historical Society Dinner Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years, Nov. 5

Moro, OR – The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to dinner and a presentation, Camp Sherman: 100 Years, November 5, 2017, at 2pm at the Wasco Events Center in Wasco, Oregon. Special guests of the Camp Sherman Historical Society will share some history on how Camp Sherman came about and how this magical place became a special retreat for some of Sherman County’s early residents. Please RSVP by November 3, 2017, with the Sherman County Historical Society at 541-565-3232. Dinner is $15 per plate and we look forward to seeing you there.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

3. Editorial: Sherman County Telecommunications & Tax Dollars

pencil.sharpAn article about Frontier TeleNet in the October, 2017, edition of The Sherman County Citizen-Reporter stated that Frontier TeleNet was developed at “no cost to the tax payers and has been self-sufficient since…”  

Please see page four at The Sherman County Citizen-Reporter.

Let’s set the record straight. Whether funding sources are local tax dollars, Strategic Investment Program funds, or state or federal funding grants, these are tax dollars.

For many years Sherman County paid North Central Education Service District for technical support and internet service for county government departments. The county ended that practice in June 2016 at $800/month. The Circuit Court pays a separate internet service provider.

Right now, Sherman County government receives internet service through Frontier TeleNet and the new fiber line. How Sherman County will pay for this service has not been determined.

Since Frontier TeleNet’s creation in 2002, Sherman County has expended and invested a substantial amount of money in telecommunications, $3,291,047, as of mid-October, 2017.

  • Frontier Telenet Membership Fee               $61,834
  • Marketing Services by Rob Myers 2004-2008               $36,000
  • Communications Tower to serve Cottonwood Canyon State Park $375,000
  • Install fiber from Wasco to Grass Valley               $1,918,461
  • Costs associated with fiber installation               $54,641
  • Purchase of Digital Switch                        $439,575
  • Wheeler County Share of Digital Switch (shared with Gilliam Co.)   $122,679
  • Maintenance/Warranty/Insurance of Digital Switch   $282,857

In June, 2015, Frontier Telenet received $1 million towards the cost of the digital switch which lowered each county’s burden by $333,333. Two payments will complete the purchase of this switch totaling $71,538 and a seven year commitment toward the maintenance and warranty of the switch which totals $75,605. 

4. OSU Building Name Changes Public Comment Period Ends, Nov. 15

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Staff at Oregon State University are considering changing the name of four buildings after students expressed concern that each were named after racists.

They’ve held meetings discussing each building’s history.

Those buildings include Benton Hall, the first building on campus at Oregon State, Arnold Dining Center, Avery Lodge and Gill Coliseum.

Amory Tingle “Slats” Gill was OSU’s men’s basketball coach from 1928-1964.

He led his team to win four Pacific Coast Conference championships and took five teams to the NCAA tournament. After Gill’s death in 1966, the State Board of Higher Education officially named the arena “Gill Coliseum.” But university officials say students and community members have voiced concern that Slats Gill was racist.

Since concerns about his history were raised, the university has been on a fact-finding mission.

“It’s an important process and, literally, the historians went back into birth records,” explained Vice President of University Relations Steve Clark. “They looked at census records. We interviewed folks. We also did research on histories that were published from those eras.” After taking public input and holding previous discussions, officials say two different committees will examine all public comments along with historical accounts on each building before making any decisions. Although officials say it has been a long process, they say they’re happy with the community turnout.

“At the result of that, maybe folks can say, ‘Yes, I now agree with you,’ or, you can have a consensus of the community. We don’t think whatever we do is going to please everyone, but we think this process actually brought people together.”

At the end of November, OSU President Edward Ray will announce the university’s decision on whether they will change the names.

People have until November 15 to submit concerns or comments to the university.

If you’d like to provide input to the name changes or receive more information, visit OSU’s website. ~

5. Gain or Loss: Where is Your Focus?

How good are you at focusing your attention? This is an extremely valuable skill, and vital to the learning process. So, let’s dig a little deeper into focus and attention.

Building on yesterday’s message, if we are to grow and reach our full potential, it is absolutely necessary to take risks. By its very nature, risk implies the possibility of loss. But at the same time, there is also the possibility of benefit or gain. Whether a risk feels frightening or exhilarating depends, almost entirely, on whether you are paying attention to the loss or the gain.

If you focus on the loss, you will be tense, fearful and uptight, and your performance will inevitably suffer. Maybe you will back down and decide it is just not worth it. You will suffer a paralysis of will, and rationalize it by saying to yourself, “Well, I didn’t really want this after all. What I have is good enough for me.”

It isn’t just individuals that get caught up in focusing on the possibility of loss. Teams do it. Departments do it. Entire organizations can be paralyzed by picturing a dire future because of their over-attention on the possibility of loss.

However, if you focus on the possible benefit and you picture yourself enjoying success and gain, you will feel excited, even exhilarated. And you know something? Fear and excitement feel pretty much the same to your body. It is how you interpret and label them that makes all the difference.

So, the next time there is something you really want, and a risk is attached (as there usually is), try controlling your mind. While you don’t want to ignore the loss altogether, focus instead on what you have to gain! We call this deliberate focusing “visualization,” and it is a powerful tool that will help you take the risks you need to take in order to grow. ~The Pacific Institute

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