Sherman County eNews #364


  1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 19

  2. Sherman County Planning Commission Vacancy

  3. Oregon Coast Whale Watching Week, Dec. 27-31

  4. Oregon Motorists to Slow or Change Lane when Passing Disabled Vehicle

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

 The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance. ~Benjamin Franklin

1. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule Update, Dec. 19

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – JV Girls vs Yakama Tribal at SCS Event Center has changed to a 2 quarter game and will now start at 3:30 (originally started at 3:00 with a full game).

— Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Sherman County Planning Commission Vacancy

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Planning Commission has an open position for a Planning Commission Member. This is strictly a volunteer appointment. The Planning Commission develops, maintains and implements the County’s Comprehensive and Land Use Ordinances. The position is a four year term and requires attendance at regular monthly planning commission meetings. Members must have an interest in land use planning, reflect the values of the community, interpret and apply zoning ordinance provisions, make decisions and recommendations, educate the public on land use and understand the legislative and quasi-judicial process.

Interested individuals may contact the Sherman County Planning Department at 541-565-3601 for more information.

3. Oregon Coast Whale Watching Week, Dec. 27-31

Gray whales are on the move south again this winter, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is celebrating the annual event with Whale Watching Week, Dec. 27-31. Visitors to the Oregon coast will have the opportunity to glimpse some of the estimated 20,000 gray whales traveling south from Alaska to their final destination off the coast of Baja, Mexico.

Volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 sites along the Oregon coast during the event. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, they’ll offer whale watching tips and facts about the animals. Each year from December to mid-January, gray whales swim 6,000 miles down the Pacific coast to reach calving lagoons near the Baja peninsula.

Luke Parsons, an OPRD ranger with the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, says one of the goals of the event is to create awareness and compassion for whales and other marine life.

“Whales are a special part of the Oregon coast,” said Parsons. “Nearly 20,000 people visit our whale watch sites each winter and are educated by our excellent volunteers. I hope visitors walk away feeling a little more connected to these animals, along with a greater appreciation of our oceans.”

A map of the 24 volunteer whale watch sites can be found on Camping, including yurts and cabins, is available at state parks along the coast. Visit for information and to make a reservation.

4. Oregon Motorists to Slow or Change Lane when Passing Disabled Vehicle

Motorists in Oregon will need to adjust their driving starting Jan. 1 when they see vehicles on the side of the road.

A new state law will go into effect that requires drivers to slow down by 5 mph or move into a left hand lane if available when passing disabled vehicles, according to an Oregon Department of Transportation news release. Current laws requires drivers to move over or slow down when they see emergency vehicles along roadsides.

Last year, 167 serious crashes occurred in Oregon where vehicles had pulled over. Eight people died in those crashes.

Only six crashes — with no fatalities — occurred when an emergency vehicle was on the side the road with its lights on.

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Sherman County eNews #363


  1. New Year’s Prep – Part 1

  2. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, Nov. 3

  3. Warning: Fraudulent E-mail Circulating About Package Delivery Failure

  4. Oregon State Police Warning about Dangers of Using GPS Units While Traveling

  5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #7

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


There’s a song in the air!

There’s a star in the sky!

There’s a mother’s deep prayer

And a baby’s low cry!

And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,

For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!

~Josiah G. Holland, 1872; Karl P. Harrington, 1904.

1. New Year’s Prep – Part 1

clock.793Do you know anyone who is addicted to negative thoughts? Perhaps it is someone closer than you think. As we prepare to close out the calendar year, it’s a natural time to start thinking about what we’d like to change about ourselves and the course our lives are taking. The first thing to do is become aware of the way we think.

We are familiar with addictions to drugs and alcohol. It seems that addiction is behavior that is usually harmful and that controls you, rather than the other way around. But, can negative thinking be an addiction? You bet it can. Can it harm you? Most definitely. How can you tell if your negative thoughts are out of control? Well, the first step is awareness.

Let’s make today your Day of Awareness. As an experiment, here is something you can try, something The Pacific Institute includes in nearly all of its programs. Try going through one whole day, a full 24 hours, without thinking a single negative thought. No sarcasm, no put-downs, no belittling – of others or of yourself. Yes, that includes time spent driving in traffic and maneuvering through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Now, most people notice quite a few negative thoughts during that day of awareness. But that is not all they do. They get upset at themselves for thinking those negative thoughts, and they end up caught in a mental double negative. 

So, give yourself a break. Just pay attention without blaming and without judgment. Notice your thought patterns for the next 24 hours. Once you become aware of how much control negative thinking has over your life, you may choose to change it. It may be a snap to change, it may not be so easy, but you can do it! First, though, raise your awareness of what is happening today – your Day of Awareness.

Have a terrific, illuminating evening, and we will continue this discussion tomorrow. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, Nov. 3




NOVEMBER 3, 2017.

The regular meeting of the Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting was called to order by Vice-Chairman Judge N. Lynn Morley at 10 AM. This meeting held in the conference room of the Jeanne E. Burch Building, 401 Adams Street, Fossil, Oregon.

Public Hearing:  The regular meeting recessed and a Public Hearing was opened to hear public testimony on Supplemental Budget Resolution No. 110317-01.  There was no public comment.  This hearing closed at 10:04 AM.  Regular meeting resumed at 10:05 AM.  Judge Steve Shaffer joined the meeting.

Directors Present:  Judge Steve Shaffer, Judge Gary Thompson and Judge N. Lynn Morley.

Also Present:  Steve Wynne, Day Wireless Systems; Kathryn Greiner, City of Condon; Mac Stinchfield, Times Journal Newspaper; Judge Pat Shaw; Mike Smith, Rob Myers and Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet Staff. Mike Smith announced that Legal Counsel Will Carey was on his way to attend this meeting when his car broke down.

Consideration of Supplemental Budget:  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve Supplemental Budget Resolution No. 11-03-17-01 that establishes adding $2,000,000.00 to Frontier TeleNet Resources and Requirements for the fiscal year 2017-2018 to manage the Wheeler County Broadband Project.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Directors Changes or Additions to the Agenda:  Steve Shaffer requested that a report on Frontier Regional 911 be added to the agenda.

Minutes:  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve the October 20, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Financial Review:  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to direct Jeanne Burch to close the Frontier Digital Bank Account as all Frontier Digital assets have been transferred to Frontier TeleNet.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve October 2017 Financial
Statement as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Day Wireless – Frontier TeleNet/Frontier Digital Contract Merger:  Mike Smith reported that Will Carey has a couple of things to change but has requested the Board of Directors approve the contract on approval of legal counsel.  Moved by Steve Shaffer, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve Day Wireless revised contract on legal counsel approval.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

AOC Assistance Update:  Steve Shaffer called Greg Wolf regarding this project but has not heard back.  Final Report should be complete by December Board of Directors Meeting.

Frontier TeleNet Website Update:  A lengthy discussion was held on the Frontier TeleNet Logo.  Website development is moving forward and a prototype should be available by the next meeting.

Frontier Regional 911/Burns Tribe Update:  Mike Smith reported the cost of this project is going to be less.  The facility will now be at the Burns Paiute Tribal Location instead of the Harney County Courthouse and this has reduced the cost.   The cost was roughly $90,000.00 and will now be $67,178.00.  The Burns Paiute Tribe is paying $60,000.00 for this cost.  Steve Shaffer commented that Frontier TeleNet needs to work on the numbers for Harney County for utilization of Frontier TeleNet Infrastructure.  The project will probably happen in phases.

Other Items for Good of the Order:

–Frontier Regional 911 will be changing executive director, due to current executive director retirement.  There could be an adjustment in structure with a Communication Supervisor and a Field Training Officer and additional duties of dispatchers.  There have been some complaints about hand held devices in Sherman County.  Steve Wynne has worked with the Fire Chiefs and Emergency Services Personnel about possible solutions.

Pinnacle Finance billing has been received and will be due in December.  Each county will be billed their portion. 

–Mid Columbia Regional Solutions has talked to Steve Shaffer about a loop from the Maupin area.  They have requested information from Regional Solutions to see if there might be a project for the whole Regional Solutions area.  There are Four Million Dollars available for the whole Regional Solutions.  There would be Two Hundred Thousand available for the Mid Columbia Regional Solutions and the project they have in mind would cost One Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars.  Gary Thompson asked if we should extend our digital switch to Maupin.  Mike Smith said this is a good idea and it can be done.  This project may be worked on in the future.

–Mike Smith, Sheriff Lohrey and Steve Wynn met with Fire Chiefs in Sherman County.  This was a very productive meeting and the Fire Chiefs were appreciative of learning how the emergency radio systems work. Connections with the Emergency Services of each County will be worked on by Mike Smith.

Public Input: 

–Mac Stinchfield from the Times Journal Newspaper reported that he always welcomes public comment but he was disappointed in a recent letter to the editor in the Times Journal Newspaper. He stated that his information regarding the Sherman County Request for Proposal that was not advertised but given to potential contractors came from the Frontier TeleNet Minutes.  He stated that as far as he knew, this RFP still does not have a legal review from Frontier TeleNet Legal Counsel.  He stated that he still feels it is not right that this RFP has not been advertised but was given to potential bidders.  He stated that his comment in the July Frontier TeleNet Minutes was the question if the Times Journal reaches enough people with an RFP advertisement.  He stated that every legal advertisement goes to a statewide site when a paper belongs to the Oregon Publishers Association.  In August 2017 minutes it was reported that an advertisement would go out by September 2017 but was noted that the funds were not yet available.  Directors felt that the advertisement should go out at the appropriate time.  In September there were two sets of minutes and Finance Clerk stated she could look those up for him on the computer.  In those minutes it stated that RFP had not been advertised as legal counsels were working on them. 

Mac Stinchfield restated his concern, which was written in the editorial, was the RFP had not been advertised and yet it was handed out to potential bidders.  He stated that was his concern, and still his concern. 

Mike Smith stated that he could answer these questions.  Mike’s statement was as follows.  RFP was approved by legal counsel.  Will Carey, Legal Counsel, approved RFP and RFQ.  Jim Deason, the legal counsel, came on later and stated he would like to change a couple of items, after the fact.  Mike also stated that there was a discussion of whether to advertise as a draft RFP/RFQ as Frontier TeleNet was still waiting for funds. Mike reported that he hoped everyone could work together.

–Judge Pat Shaw:  Made the following statement.  Praising the progress that Frontier TeleNet has made.  She also stated that regarding newspaper articles, that in all her years of ethics training, she had to ask herself.  If not for my position, would I be doing what I am doing, or thinking the way I think.  I need to stay upfront that I am not impartial.  I have written two letters to the editor and stated that the meeting I attended did not seem like the meeting that was reported.  What I am saying, is we all see things in a different light.  I was wondering if it were not for a wife on the Condon City Council and the Condon Fiber Committee, would the editor be so intense on the reporting of Frontier TeleNet.  What I am saying, if not for my previous position, would I have this interest in Frontier TeleNet, probably not.  However, I do and I try really hard to see it from a nonparticipants viewpoint. We only have one newspaper in these communities, and when Joe Blow on the street reads what is suppose to be a news article and not an editorial.  When I read a editorial I know that is the editor’s opinion.  When I read a news article, I feel it should be fact whether it is local, national or international.  I have read many news articles that I felt had an editorial in them.  That is why I wrote the letters, and why I am here today.  I do not know why in these small communities these organizations cannot get together and get something done.  We all work for the same people and it seems like if we cooperate the common projects would get done and not have this public display of frustration with each other.

–Steve Shaffer replied duly noted.

–Kathryn Greiner asked if the Paiute Tribe Contract has been signed.  Mike answered yes.  Kathryn Greiner stated she thought the Paiute Tribe was paying the whole cost of installation and asked if Frontier TeleNet was paying a portion.  Steve Shaffer replied that because of the conversations that had gone on with Harney County, Frontier TeleNet decided to pay the extra $7,000.00 to complete the system so Harney County could hook up also.  Kathryn asked what the Paiute Tribe was paying for the service and also was the Day Wireless Contract going to be more, and if so how much?  Mike Smith answered there would be an additional $4,000.00 a year cost to Motorola but this will be paid by the Frontier Regional 911 portion of the Motorola Maintenace Agreement.  This will be next year’s budget.  Kathryn Greiner asked does the tribe pay Frontier TeleNet or Frontier Regional.  Mike Smith reported that the tribe is paying $60,000.00 toward the cost of equipment, Frontier TeleNet is paying $7,000.00 and Frontier Regional 911 is giving the tribe a special price for the first three years to accomplish getting the project to Frontier 911.  Steve Shaffer suggested that Kathryn Greiner could probably have her questions answered by attending a Frontier 911 meeting.

–Steve Wynne reported that sites were being visited and necessary repairs and upgrades were being accomplished.  Also pleased with the meeting with the Fire Chiefs in Sherman County and working with emergency management in each county. 

–Weeds are getting out of hand at site locations and Steve Shaffer requested that a spray program and weed eradication be taken care of by Mike Smith for next spring.

–Rob Myers also reported that the fence at the air base site needs to be replaced.  Needs a quality fence due to livestock that is adjacent to the site.

–Gary Thompson requested that the Board of Directors set down at a future meeting and work on a long-range plan for Frontier TeleNet.  He feels that a five to ten-year long-range plan is needed.  Steve Shaffer agreed as telecommunications is moving very rapidly.

Next Meeting will be December 15, 2017 in Moro, Oregon at the Steve Burnet Building at 10AM.

Respectfully Submitted

Jeanne E. Burch

Frontier TeleNet Staff

3. Warning: Fraudulent E-mail Circulating About Package Delivery Failure

Scammers trick e-mail users into opening virus-launching attachments by sending phony package delivery failure notifications. Do not open attachments.

4. Oregon State Police Warning about Dangers of Using GPS Units While Traveling

American flag2Highway 22 is currently closed and motorists traveling between Central Oregon and the Willamette Valley are being urged to take Highway 20 through Sweet Home or Highway 26 through Government Camp.

Over the weekend, OSP Dispatch received several calls of motorists attempting to take Highway 22, but being rerouted by their GPS units onto Forest Service roads near Detroit. One motorist became stuck in the snow and the other ran out of gas. Often these Forest Service Roads are not maintained in the winter and are snow covered. Additionally there is little to no cell coverage in these areas.

In 2006, a tragedy occurred in Josephine County, when the James Kim family followed GPS directions into BLM land during winter conditions. The family became stranded and after two days. James Kim left on foot for help. He was later found deceased due to exposure to the elements. The remaining members of his family were located and rescued.

Travelers are urged to stay on maintained roads and state highways, while navigating the mountain passes. Motorists are also urged to carry with them an emergency kit while traveling. The Oregon Department of Transportation website lists the following items to be carried in your vehicle for safety:

Essential supplies include:
* Working flashlight and extra batteries;
* Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth;
* Compass;
* First Aid Kit;
* Exterior windshield cleaner;
* Ice scraper and snow brush;
* Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container;
* Scissors and string/cord;
* Non-perishable, high-energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy;
* Bottled water;
* Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack;
* Shovel;
* Jumper cables;
* Tow and tire chains;
* Bag of salt or cat litter; &
* Tool kit.

Added items for driving long distances in cold, snowy, and icy conditions:
* Gloves;
* Socks;
* Cap; &
* Blankets.

For more information on the HWY 22 closure, check Oregon Department of Transportation
#HolidayTravel #WinterDriving #StaySafe

5. History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Question #7

Q. Two national events felt locally appear to have motivated a group of Sherman County citizens to be among the nation’s first summer homeowners in the national forests. Mass production of automobiles and the good roads movement, along with dramatic increases in wheat prices 1914-1917, gave them the affluence to build second homes in the forest starting in 1916. Where are they located?

A. See History Tidbits: Sherman County Trivia Answer in the Links section.

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