Sherman County eNews #318


  1. City Residents, Take the Broadband Survey by Oct 31!

  2. McCoy, McLeod & Hoctor File for Public Office in Sherman County

  3. Editorial: Frontier Regional 911 Agency & Tax Dollars

  4. Program: Sasquatch & Spirituality: A Native American Perspective, Nov. 10

  5. Understanding the Values of Others

Be who you are & say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter & those who matter don’t mind. –Dr. Seuss

1. City Residents, Take the Broadband Survey by Oct 31!

pencil.spiralAre you satisfied with your internet? If your answer is yes, no or maybe, all residents and businesses in Biggs Junction, Grass Valley, Moro, Rufus, and Wasco are encouraged to take a broadband satisfaction survey hosted by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD). This survey is intended to gauge interest in improved internet service and help better understand the needs in the community related to internet connectivity. Paper surveys were mailed in city water bills earlier in the month and can be returned to your city hall, or you can take the survey online here by October 31.

The information collected in the surveys will assist the community in seeking proposals from private internet providers to develop “off-ramps” the fiber “highways” in the County so that those in Sherman County’s cities can access truly high speed internet service. If you have questions about this effort, please contact city staff in your community or Jessica Metta with MCEDD at or 541-296- 2266.

2. McCoy, McLeod & Hoctor File for Public Office in Sherman County 

Candidates may file for public office between September 7, 2017 and March 6, 2018.

According to the Sherman County Clerk’s Office, Commissioner Tom McCoy filed for re-election to Position 2, Larry Hoctor filed for County Judge, and District Attorney Wade McLeod filed for re-election. 

For more information see:

–Sherman County Primary Election Notice

–Filing to Run for Public Office

Secretary of State’s Office

 3. Editorial: Frontier Regional 911 Agency & Tax Dollars

The Sherman County Citizen-Reporter, in an October, 2017, article about Frontier TeleNet, stated that, “This system has created the ability for Frontier TeleNet and Frontier Regional Dispatch to provide the 911 services for Jefferson County, as well as the opportunity to provide 911 services for other counties and soon will connect the Burns Paiute Tribe. These systems continue to create more jobs and allow the… owner counties to pay nothing towards their 911 services, unlike all other counties in the state.” 

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Frontier Regional 911 Agency is funded by the Emergency Communications Tax received from the State of Oregon. Frontier TeleNet provides telecommunications services. Wheeler County acts as its fiscal agent.

According to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, “The Emergency Communications Tax, commonly known as the 9-1-1 tax, is 75 cents per phone line or per device capable of reaching 9-1-1. This tax is applied to landlines, postpaid wireless and Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP). For prepaid wireless, the 75-cent tax is applied to each retail transaction for prepaid purchases. This tax amount has remained unchanged since 1995. The tax is collected each month from the Oregon customers of the companies that provide the phone service, or is collected by retailers from their customers. 

“Each quarter the tax collected is submitted to the Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR). The Department of Revenue may keep up to 1 percent of the amount to pay for collection costs. Up to 4 percent is used to administer the State 9-1-1 Program. Then 35 percent of the amount is placed in the “9-1-1 subaccount.” 

“The remainder of the tax is distributed to the governing authorities of the state’s 9-1-1 centers.  These governing authorities may be a city, county, Council of Governments or Special District.  The amount distributed to each of these governing authorities is based on the population served by each 9-1-1 center. The 9-1-1 tax money that is distributed can only be used towards the costs of operating the 9-1-1 center.

“The 9-1-1 tax money placed in the 9-1-1 subaccount is used to pay for the infrastructure or network of the 9-1-1 system in the state, and is administered by the State 9-1-1 Program. It provides funds to pay for all the equipment and circuiting needed to get the 9-1-1 call from the citizen to the correct 9-1-1 center.

“The Emergency Communications Tax provides approximately 24 percent of the total cost of operating all of the 9-1-1 centers in the state. The remaining funds needed are from local monies in the form of property taxes. There is no state money used to fund 9-1-1 in the State of Oregon.   

“Distribution amounts are based on the population of the area that is served by each 9-1-1 center, as well as the requirement that each county must be allotted at least 1 percent of the tax collected each quarter. These amounts are allocated to the governing authorities of the 9-1-1 centers, which may be cities, counties, Council of Governments or Special Districts. Once these amounts have been determined by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS), either direct deposits or actual checks are sent to these governing authorities. The governing authorities are statutorily required to spend these funds only on 9-1-1 operations.” ~ Source:

Until 2003, Sherman County received the state grant funds that the County used to pay $50,000 quarterly to what was then called Tri-County Communications or Tri-Com.  In 2003, the state mandated that these funds be paid directly to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP), in our case, and later with a new name, Frontier Regional 911  Agency.

Frontier Regional 911 Agency is governed by Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt, Gilliam County Judge Steve Shaffer, Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, Jefferson County Commissioner Mike Ahearn, Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey, Sherman County Commissioner Joe Dabulskis, Wheeler County Sheriff Chris Humphreys and Wheeler County Judge Lynn Morley. The current 911 Dispatch Center Manager is April Stream and the 911 Supervisor is Renee Heidy.

Are they tax payers’ dollars? Yes.

State grant funds continue to fund Frontier Regional 911 on our behalf, along with funds from partner counties and fees.

4. Program: Sasquatch & Spirituality: A Native American Perspective, Nov. 10

Join Mel Skahan, Friday, November 10, 2017 for Sasquatch and Spirituality: A Native American Perspective at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Skahan will be joined by the Bigfoot Beast Mode Show crew from KYNR Yakama Nation radio, and special guest Bob Gimlin.  Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and program are $19, the 7 p.m. program only is $5. Purchase tickets by November 8. For tickets and information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit 

5. Understanding the Values of Others

Knowing what your personal values are is important. But knowing what other peoples’ values are can be important, as well, especially if you are in a leadership position within any type of organization.

Are you interested in knowing how to motivate other people? If so, how much do you know about what these other people value, what they hold near and dear? Lou Tice often told the story of working with three quarterbacks, when he was a high school football coach. He asked each one what was important to him about playing the game.

One said he did it for the glory of God and to make his mom and dad proud. The second said it made him feel powerful, because he liked the idea of breaking through limits and defeating opponents who were trying as hard as they could to stop him. The third player said that football was his ticket out of poverty and the ghetto, because he hoped to get a football scholarship that would pay his way through college.

Now, there was no way that Lou could motivate all three of these kids in the same way. The things that were important to one didn’t matter at all to the others, and vice versa. In the final analysis, this story proves that values motivate us to do what we do.

The president of one of our client organizations took it upon himself to personally facilitate our curriculum to all of his employees, so he could get to know exactly what was important to each of them, both personally and professionally. In the process, the organization moved from #11 to #1 in sales in his state, and from #36 to #5 in the nation.

So, if you want to motivate others, whether it is your team, your employees, your kids or your spouse, you want to present the motivation in terms that mean something to them, not necessarily to you. And that means you first need to understand their values. ~The Pacific Institute