Sherman County eNews #8


  1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 12, 13, 16

  2. BLM waives most day use fees in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  3. Sherman County Crab, Oyster & Shrimp Feed, Jan. 27

  4. Saying YES to Your Goals

  5. Cascade Singers Begin Rehearsals, Welcome New members

  6. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 19

  7. Young Oregon Farmer 2nd Place Winner National Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

  8. Interim Mid-Columbia Area Agency on Aging Effective Feb. 1

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

1. Sherman County School Basketball Schedule Update, Jan. 12, 13, 16

sport-basketballHigh School Basketball

Friday, January 12th, 2018 – Condon/Wheeler Both JV girls and boys games have been CANCELLED.  Varsity girls start at 6:00 and Varsity boys start at 7:30.

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 – JV girls game CANCELLED at Arlington, JV boys, Varsity girls and boys same times as originally scheduled, bus departs at 12:30.

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 – JV girls game CANCELLED vs Dufur, JV boys, Varsity girls and boys same times as originally scheduled. 

2. BLM waives most day use fees in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

WASHINGTON — In order to increase recreational access to public land, the Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 15, 2018.

“On Monday, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the BLM invites families to spend the day together enjoying America’s rich public lands heritage,” said Brain Steed, BLM Deputy Director. “Most of these lands are just a short drive from your community. Our fee-free days are a way to encourage our neighbors to enjoy a family outing while reflecting on the American values that have made America great.”

Site-specific standard amenity and individual day-use fees at BLM-managed recreation sites and areas will be waived for the day. Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, group day use and use of special areas, will remain in effect.

BLM-managed public lands offer more recreational opportunities than any other federal agency, including camping, hunting, fishing and horseback riding, to boating, whitewater rafting, off-highway vehicle driving and many more activities. About 67 million visits are made annually to BLM-managed lands and waters, supporting more than 48,000 jobs nationwide and contributing almost $7 billion to the country’s economy.

The BLM will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on four additional occasions this year– Presidents Day (February 19), National Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 22) and Veterans Day (November 11).

3. Sherman County Crab, Oyster & Shrimp Feed, Jan. 27

All you can eat! Crab, Oysters & Shrimp!

January 27

3 to 8 o’clock

Morrow County Grain Growers in Wasco

4. Saying YES to Your Goals

You know, some communication systems, like those used by the armed forces, use the word “affirmative” instead of “yes.” And that is what an affirmation is: saying “Yes” to something. In a formal debate, the side that upholds the truth of the proposition is called the “affirmative side.” So, when you make an affirmation, you are saying, “Yes, I believe in the truth of this.”

Affirmations, combined with visualizations or mental images, are a highly effective way of moving into new situations without anxiety. They can also help you achieve goals of every conceivable kind.

Many professional athletes use affirmation and visualization along with practice to help them play at peak form more often. It’s like the javelin thrower some time ago who had just surpassed his personal best record. He said, “It feels like deja vu. I have seen myself do this so many times before in my mind.”

You see, his subconscious didn’t know the difference between a vividly imagined throw and the real thing. So, he was training his body to throw perfectly, but he was doing it with his mind. And it was no surprise when he finally did throw perfectly. Imagining a performance actually fires the same neurons (which send signals to the muscles involved) as if it were really happening.

Your mind works in the same way in whatever you want to do. If you rehearse the future you want, over and over in your mind, and see yourself performing it perfectly, you will be dramatically increasing your chances of bringing that future easily and free-flowingly into reality. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Cascade Singers Begin Rehearsals, Welcome New members

 Cascade Singers community choir welcomes new members for its spring season.. Work has begun on the annual St. Patrick’s Day concert and continues on a major classical work, Mozart’s “Missa Brevis in F,” scheduled for a late spring concert.  The Singers meet under the direction of Lloyd Walworth Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, in The Dalles.  One-hour work sessions also take place Thursdays at 7 p.m.  Rehearsals are open to all interested singers who will then audition with the director.

6. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 19  

Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting

January 19th 10:00 AM

Gilliam County Courthouse, 221 S Oregon st. Condon, Or.


  • Call To Order & Director Roll Call
  • Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda
  • Minutes Review and Approval
  • Financials Review and Approval
  • Gilliam County/Condon RFP update
  • FTN Website update
  • Lease with Sherman County for office space
  • Frontier 911 Burns Tribe update
  • Wheeler County Wireless project update
  • Digital Switch potential new user update
  • IGA with Sherman County
  • Sherman County Fiber optic RFP update
  • Other items for the good of the order
  • Public Input/Comment
  • Next Meeting
  • Adjournment

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).  For those requesting a call in number or other accommodations, please contact  Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or

7. Young Oregon Farmer 2nd Place Winner National Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Oregon’s Jenny Freeborn, chair of Oregon Farm Bureau’s (OFB) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee, was the second-place winner in the National YF&R Discussion Meet, which took place at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show January 5-10 in Nashville.

“Making the Final Four of this competition was literally a dream come true from me. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was 15 years old and participated in an FFA practice discussion meet,” said Freeborn. “In 2009, I was in the audience watching the Final Four round in Seattle, and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to be on that stage someday.’ And yet at the same time, I never thought it would actually happen. When my name was announced for the Final Four, that was both the most shocking and proudest moment of my life.”

“Throughout the competition I wore a bracelet that a Polk County Farm Bureau board member gave me. It says, ‘Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.’ That quote was so pertinent, because I was surrounded by incredible, awe-inspiring individuals who had accomplished so much in their lives — and it’s hard for me to place myself among that level of peers. It reminded me not to doubt myself or question my own skills and abilities, that I deserved to be there. I could be in awe of those amazing young farmers and still be one of them,” said Freeborn.

In December, Freeborn was elected as chair of the OFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, a group within Farm Bureau for members between the ages of 16 and 35. Her primary goal as chair is to continue growing the program and getting more young leaders involved and excited about the future of Oregon agriculture.

Freeborn hails from a farm family based in Rickreall with deep roots in Farm Bureau. Her father, Dean Freeborn, is a member of the Oregon Farm Bureau board of directors. Her sister, Kathy Hadley, also served as YF&R chair and made it to the Sweet 16 round of the National YF&R Discussion Meet in 2016. Freeborn credits her sister Kathy for helping her prepare and stay focused throughout the intense competition.

As runner-up, Freeborn will receive a Case IH Farmall 50A tractor, courtesy of Case IH.

The Discussion Meet simulates a committee meeting in which active discussion and participation are expected. Participants come from all over the country and are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on a predetermined topic, and come up with possible solutions using the tools and programs that Farm Bureau offers. The selected topic is not announced until the end of the prior round, sometimes giving competitors only an hour or two for last-minute preparations.

In Freeborn’s four rounds of competition, the topics of discussion were:
* Round 1 topic: With a growing demand for US farm products abroad, how can agriculture overcome public skepticism of foreign trade to negotiate new trade agreements and open new world markets?
* Round 2 topic: How can Farm Bureau help members with increasing legal and regulatory obstacles so they can focus on farming and ranching?
* Sweet 16 round topic: How can farmers and ranchers maintain their buying power with the continued trend of input supplier and provider consolidations?
* Final Four round topic: Farmers are a shrinking percentage of the population. How can Farm Bureau help first-generation farmers and ranchers get started in agriculture?

For more information about Farm Bureau and OFB’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, visit If you would like more information about the contest or how to get involved in other YF&R events, please e-mail

8. Interim Mid-Columbia Area Agency on Aging Effective Feb. 1

Oregon.Flat.pole(Salem, Ore.) — As of Feb.1, 2018, the state Aging and People with Disabilities office in The Dalles will temporarily deliver aging program services currently provided by the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments. “This action is needed to ensure adequate staffing to support the needs of older adults living in the mid-Columbia region,” says Jane-ellen Weidanz, APD administrator for long-term services and support.

With this change, individuals receiving services through the MCCOG’s Area Agency on Aging will be served out of the APD office in The Dalles:
* 3641 Klindt Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058
* 541-298-411, 800-452-2333, TTY: 541-298-3270

This interim change in service delivery stems from an Aug. 30, 2017, announcement that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments would stop serving as the Area Agency on Aging for Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.

Federal law and state rules dictate how APD designates a new Area Agency on Aging. This past fall, APD held community meetings in the five counties. APD is currently in conversations with a variety of governmental organizations and other entities that could potentially qualify as the new Area Agency on Aging. “The goal is to have a strong replacement program ready to meet the needs of the community,” says Weidanz. Those discussions are expected to take about six months.

Individuals wishing to learn about services are encouraged to visit the Aging and Disability Resource Center website at or call 1-855-673-2372.

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

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Sherman County Photography Club

Trophies are for Winning

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The Wall Is Not Enough. Here’s How to Solve Illegal Immigration.

Tom Rush: The Remember Song

The Bundys and an Egregious Case of Prosecutorial Misconduct

PBS’s Special on Spain’s Colonization of Florida Sidelines Real History for Politics

Oregon’s Kid Governor Program for 5th Graders

U.S. Has a National Mango Board With a $6.7 Million Budget

Jane Kirkpatrick, Oregon Author

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