Sherman County eNews #48


  1. Kent Baptist Church, March 4

  2. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, Feb. 7

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, Feb. 21

  4. Make Life Worth Living

  5. Oregon to End Practice of Temporary Hotel Lodging for Foster Children

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

“The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” – Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Whitney v. California 1927

1. Kent Baptist Church, March 4

Mud Springs Gospel Band will play at Kent Baptist church Sunday evening, March 4th at 5 o’clock.

2. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes, Feb. 7

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the February 7, 2018, regular session are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

3. Sherman County Court Notes, Feb. 21

ShermanCoLogoBy Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

*NOTE: Sherman County Court is in the process of restructuring the way Court Meeting information is being distributed.

– This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest.”

– These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the March 7th Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on February 21, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • held discussion on: City of Moro Downtown Improvement Program application, and Starvation Lane/State Parks update;
  • appointed Betty Carlson and Janet Pinkerton to assume the positions of Susan Lissman and Deanna Padget on the Senior Center Advisory Board, and to finish their terms of one year to expire December 31, 2018;
  • appointed Kathleen Ahearn to assume Rick Whitaker’s position as Sherman County Ambulance representative on the Ambulance Service Area Plan Advisory Committee, and finish the term of one year to expire December 31, 2018;
  • authorized the expenditure of $2,500 as a scholarship donation to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation in support of Sherman County students attending Columbia Gorge Community College;
  • approved Bruce Mitchell as the highest bidder of $400 for the 1990 ATV, and Ben Parrish as the highest bidder of $1,152.50 for the 1985 Chevrolet pick-up.

~Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant

(541)-565-3416  500 Court Street P.O. Box 365, Moro, OR 97039

Hours: M-TH 8am-430pm

4. Make Life Worth Living

If you were asked, “What makes life worth living?” and your response had to be a single word – what would your answer be?

This is a great conversation around the water cooler, or the lunchroom, or even the dinner table. Lou Tice would often use it as a way to understand the people he would meet. When asked what he thought the answer was, Lou said, “The more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that what makes life worth living is ‘You!'”

Here is what he meant. Harry Emerson Fosdick wrote about a summer day during his childhood when his mother sent him out to pick a quart of raspberries. “I dragged my feet in rebellion,” he said, “and the can was filling very slowly. Then a new idea came to me. Wouldn’t it be fun to pick two quarts of raspberries and surprise her!”

“I had such an interesting time picking those two quarts, to the utter amazement of the household, and they never forgot it. We can change any situation by changing our attitude toward it. Nobody ever finds life worth living. One always has to make it worth living.”

Each day, we are faced with situations that we didn’t plan for, or plan on, but still need to succeed at. How are we going to face them: with a positive, can-do attitude, or are we going to drag our feet and give in to adversity? We do have choices, and the effects of those choices reverberate through our lives, our families, our co-workers, and to some extent, our communities.

The kind of life you have is a choice you make, every single day. The success you have in your work is a choice you make every day. Change seems to be a constant in universe, as well as in our lives. How do you deal with change, either face forward and keep your eye on your goals or do you get caught up in the negative and turn away? ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon to End Practice of Temporary Hotel Lodging for Foster Children

Oregon.Flat.poleSALEM–The State of Oregon and advocates representing children in foster care have agreed to settle a 2016 lawsuit aimed at ending the practice of temporarily lodging foster children in hotel rooms.

“Our goal is to provide all foster children the right placement at the right time so they can be safe and thrive,” said Fariborz Pakseresht, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) director. “We will depend on our partners in communities throughout Oregon to help us provide children the most appropriate setting to meet their needs and promote their healthy development.”

The settlement agreement, filed Tuesday in federal court, sets deadlines for dramatically reducing the practice of lodging children brought into state protective care in hotel and motel rooms or child welfare offices. It applies to all children in foster care.

Provisions include:

* Incrementally reducing the number of foster children who are temporarily lodged in hotel or motel rooms to no more than 24 per year statewide by the end of the year 2020.

* Children younger than age 11 may not be lodged in hotel rooms for more than five nights, and children ages 11 to 17 and in DHS care must spend no more than 12 nights in a hotel or motel, with limited exceptions.

* If children must be lodged temporarily at a hotel, DHS must ensure that the child is transported to school, with limited exceptions. Age-appropriate activities must be available to those who are not in school.

* DHS is not permitted to temporarily lodge children in child welfare offices, except under extremely limited circumstances.

* DHS has also agreed to hire an expert to uncover the root causes of these temporary emergency placements and to assist the agency and its partners in finding alternatives to the practice.

“State child welfare officials and children’s advocates agreed that we all want to see children placed in stable and safe home-like settings that are close to their family and school,” said Richard Vangelisti, guardian ad litem for two girls ages 4 and 6 at the time the lawsuit was filed and who were designated as plaintiffs in the suit.

CASA for Children, Inc. was also a plaintiff in the suit, which had not sought monetary damages.

“This settlement agreement will require us to work together. Our shared priority has always been finding the best solution for the children,” said Betsy Stark-Miller, president of the Oregon CASA Network Board of Directors. “We all must do whatever we can to ensure that every child brought into state foster care is able to transition appropriately to a permanent, safe and caring home.”

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

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The CIA, Obama, and Soros vs. Democracy

Wisdom of the Month, Walter Williams, George Mason University

National Institute on Money in State Politics

American Legislative Exchange Council



Sherman County eNews #47


  1. The Pacific Program for Public Sector Leaders in Oregon

  2. North Central Oregon Rural Skill Builder Training Sessions, April 7

  3. Notice. Sherman County Court, March 7

  4. Wants or Needs?

  5. Grants available for veterans and war memorials

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

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” —-Thomas Jefferson

1. The Pacific Program for Public Sector Leaders in Oregon

pen.markerFor 27 years, the Pacific Program has been the premier leadership training event for public sector leaders in Oregon.

The Pacific Program is an intensive 6-day program with a curriculum designed to cultivate catalytic leadership across sectors – state and local officials, non-profit and private sector leaders in the Pacific Northwest.

Using the three basic tenets of Catalytic Leadership, participants learn about:

Leading from Personal Passion and Strength of Character – a passion for results, a sense of connectedness and relatedness, and exemplary personal integrity.

Thinking and Acting Strategically – framing and reframing issues and their strategic responses, identifying and defining end outcomes or desired results, assessing stakeholder interests to discover common and complementary interests, and thinking systematically to reveal interconnections and strategic leverage points.

Facilitating Productive Work Groups – generating fresh ideas and new insights, coping with conflict, getting unstuck and moving forward, and forging agreements.


2. North Central Oregon Rural Skill Builder Training Sessions, April 7

pen.markerRural communities are facing more complex situations than urban areas. Building new and advanced skills gives those who work on behalf of rural places the tools needed to be effective leaders.

Join us at the Rural Skill Builder training! Learn to be bold, be courageous, and be a savvy leader in complex situations. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain new skills and network with other rural leaders in your region.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 9:15am-4:00pm PST

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

1108 E Marina Drive

Hood River, OR 97031

Registration starts at 8:45am  $40

What Sessions Will Be Offered?

Emerging Rural Economies and Building on Your Assets. Rural communities have distinct opportunities to seize in their pursuit of spurring economic growth within their communities and regions. This session will help attendees harness their abilities to identify and leverage economic assets that builds local control and advances economic prosperity. Learn how bottom-up grassroots strategies can boost your local economy.

Bringing Out the Best in People at Their Worst. Often, we face the challenge of working with difficult people, and sometimes we are the difficult ones. This interactive session will explore strategies for bringing out the best in people, by building on strengths and recognizing that sometimes values and approaches may not align. The session will be structured around lessons from the popular book, “Dealing with People You Can’t Stand: How to bring out the best in people at their worst.”

Funding Your Community Work: Cultivating Relationships and Stories. Learn how to organize and implement a funding plan for your community work and projects. Discover what works long-term while maintaining financial stability. Gain ideas for cultivating funder relationships, including developing a system to maintain them. Participate in Appreciative Inquiry activities and learn to craft stories that illustrate the impact of your community work.

Systems Leadership in Rural Communities. The situations of our time have never been more complex, larger in scale, or more interconnected. Traditional leadership principles are excellent for community based projects and efforts, but how do we affect the greater world and address complex, scaled, and critical challenges that are systemic in nature? Learn about the mindsets, processes, and skill sets that comprise systems leadership – the leadership of these times.

3. Notice. Sherman County Court, March 7

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court will be in session on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Hearings Room at the Sherman County Courthouse Addition, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at

Sherman County Court Agenda

 March 7, 2018

1.0 Appointment Schedule

 1.1 9:00 a.m. Mike Smith – Frontier TeleNet – Request for Proposal Intergovernmental Agreement

 1.2 9:15 a.m. Amber DeGrange, Juvenile Director – Youth Empowerment Shelter (YES) Budget 

 1.3 9:30 a.m. Brad Baird – Anderson Perry & Associates – Biggs Service District Water System Improvements Project

1.4 10:00 a.m. Shawn Payne, Emergency Services – Digital Radio/Pager Purchase    

Additions to Agenda

 2.0 Action Items

 2.1 Rental Housing Incentive Committee Recommendations: Reimbursement – Roger Whitley, Jeff Weber

3.0 Discussion Items

 3.1 Commissioner Reports

4.0 Consent Agenda

4.1 Minutes of February 21, 2018 4.2 Claims – February 2018

5.0 Future Agenda Items:

**If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with: ORS 192.660 (2) (d) Labor Negotiations   ORS 192.660 (2) (h) Legal Rights ORS 192.660 (2) (e) Property       ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel

4. Wants or Needs?

What is the difference between things you need and things you want? For some people, there really isn’t a difference.

All of us have legitimate needs. We need to have food to eat, water to drink, air to breathe. But, all too often, when we listen closely to how we talk to ourselves and others, we will hear about all kinds of pressing “needs”: “I need to get that promotion.” “I need to sit by the window.” “I need her to call me.” “I need you to stand up for me.”

And, most often, we will also hear about the tension and stress that go along with these so-called needs, because, after all, what if we don’t get what we need? You see, we multiply the pressure we put on ourselves when we apply “need” to everything. Often, there is the implied “or else something awful will happen,” which isn’t necessarily true.

It is a sign of real maturity when we can upgrade most of our needs to wants or preferences, and it is a sure-fire way to lower our stress quotient, as well. For example, supposing the status-giving promotion you needed so badly doesn’t come through. You are devastated, right? Every thought, every action is colored from this perceived “failure” to get what you “need.”

But what if you change your thinking from a need to a preference? Sure, you likely wanted the recognition that promotion would have brought, but the world will not quit spinning without it, and there are many positive things about your present job, as well. Perhaps your desire for recognition can be met in some other way – volunteer work, for instance.

Wants or Needs? Dig for the truth behind your needs. It won’t take long, if you are honest with yourself. You will find that there is a tremendous difference in how you experience life when you make this shift. Why not give it a try? ~The Pacific Institute

5. Grants available for veterans and war memorials

flag.verticalOregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering grants for the construction or restoration of veterans and war memorials.

“The program is designed to honor Oregon’s veterans by commemorating their service to the country,” said Kuri Gill, coordinator for the program. “Local governments may apply to build or repair monuments on public land.”

New monuments should recognize veterans and wars not already recognized.  Grants for restoration could be used for broken monuments, missing elements of monuments, or the related design elements of monuments for veterans or wars. Grants may also fund the addition of elements to existing monuments.

Recent projects include an addition to the Veterans Memorial Park in Beaverton and the enhancement of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Springfield.

Details and the application information are available at application deadline is April 25, 2018.

For more information, contact Kuri Gill at (503) 986-0685 or

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


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Oregon counties where the most pot is sold

Fed Up With Deadly Violence, Nation Demands Common-Sense Abortion Control

Words | Say what is meant concisely

How farmers benefit from ag equipment co-ops


Sherman County eNews #46


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

  2. Candidate Filing Form: Precinct Committeepersons, Deadline March 6

  3. Husky Fans Aim for an “Orange Out” at State Tournament, March 1-3

  4. To Be or Not to Be: Right or Happy?

  5. History Tidbits: February 25th Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

  6. High Country News: Western States Gun Laws

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

1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library

Music and Movement – Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 and the first Saturday of every month. Join the fun of creative play, rhyme and rhythm while fine tuning motor skills and coordination. Ages 0-6

The March Book Club book is – Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. A compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world. Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.  Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle – and people in general – has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence – creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world. To request a hold, please give us a call, email or stop by. Available in Large Print and Audio by request. Sherman County Public/School Library – 65912 High School Loop Moro, OR 97039 – 541-565-3279

Crafts in Stacks – Needle Felt Landscapes

Saturday, March 24 at 2pm. | We will create landscape art by “painting” with brightly colored wool. No previous skill required! Ages firmly 12 and up. Give us a call to reserve your spot before March 22, space is limited to the first 15.

2. Candidate Filing Form: Precinct Committeepersons, Deadline March 6

Candidates for Precinct Committeeperson

Several Open Positions

First day to file: February 1, 2018

Last day to file: March 6, 2018

To be filed with the County Elections official.


Also see ORS 248.015 – Precinct Committeepersons

3. Husky Fans Aim for an “Orange Out” at State Tournament, March 1-3

sport-basketballHey, Husky Fans! Let’s get our support on for our Sherman County Boys Basketball team in Baker City for the State Tournament March 1-3! We are aiming for an “Orange Out” on Friday, so if you have your Baker Tournament T-shirt left over from last year, dust it off and put it back on and show our school spirit!

4. To Be or Not to Be: Right or Happy?

Today, let’s look at a question with far-reaching implications: Would you rather be right or happy? There are probably as many answers to this question as there are people to answer it. Let’s look at a few results of answers to this question.

Some people sacrifice a lot in order to be right, because they think the way to be right is to make other people wrong. They spend a lot of time and effort doing so. Of course, people who are set up to appear wrong or poorly informed aren’t crazy about the feeling, so those who make others look bad, also make themselves disliked. And it’s a sure-fire way to undermine teamwork in a department.

People who need to be right won’t take many risks either, and they avoid uncertainty like the plague. Often, they would rather lie than say, “I’m not sure,” or “Gee, I don’t know.” The risk to their self-image is too great. And when risks aren’t taken, creativity and ingenuity aren’t invited to help solve challenges to productivity or performance.

On the other hand, people who would rather be happy than right don’t care much about how smart they look. They realize that we are all on a long learning curve. They know that the best way to help each other grow is to stop competing and start cooperating.

You see, life isn’t about showing other people up. It is about helping each other to see and understand. How much happier are we when we are working with someone toward a goal, than working against someone? We have a lot more energy and creativity to give, when we aren’t saving it up, to ensure our place at the top.

Each of us gets to decide for ourselves how we spend our energies, and whether we are willing to give – and accept – help. We get to choose whether we are going to be right or happy. Sometimes we can do both. But if you had to pick just one, which choice would it be? ~The Pacific Institute

5. History Tidbits: February 25th Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

ShermanCoMap1895The Oregon legislature created Sherman and Harney counties on the same day, February 25, 1889, and for similar reasons ….  An annoyance for the grain farmers and sheep and cattle growers on the high plateau between the Deschutes and John Day rivers in north-central Oregon was having to pay a toll on a bridge across the Deschutes to reach their Wasco County government at The Dalles. — The Oregonian, May 16, 1989

On account of the lack of room and the great danger of fire in the present cramped offices of the clerk, sheriff and treasurer, and the inconvenience of holding county and circuit courts, we believe that the county should build a court house…not to cost more than $6,000. — Report of the county grand jury, April 7, 1899

6. High Country News: Western States Gun Laws

“Overall, gun deaths in the United States have dropped by 30 percent since 1993, but mass shootings are on the rise: there have been more mass shooting deaths in the past 11 years than in the previous 23. No matter which way you look at it, though, more Americans are buying guns than ever before. Federal background checks (which do not equate directly to gun sales) leapt from just over 9 million in 1999 to 19.8 million so far in 2015. These checks are meant to prevent people  from buying firearms who have a criminal record, have been convicted of domestic abuse, are addicted to drugs or have documented mental health problems that have led to confrontations with law enforcement or to involuntary confinement. But in many Western states, private sales, such as those at gun shows or over the internet, are excluded from background checks.

“Western states have some of the highest and lowest gun-ownership rates in the nation, and gun laws vary widely from state to state. Some states aren’t set up to report domestic crimes to the federal background check database, for example, despite the fact that many mass shooters — including Robert L. Dear Jr. — have a history of domestic abuse.

“These laws matter. Four Western states with laws that received a “failing” grade from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence — Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and New Mexico — are also among the ten states with the highest per-capita rates of gun deaths (which also include suicides). Here’s a breakdown of how Western states’ gun laws compare: … … … “

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


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Western states’ gun laws

The Luke Center for Catalytic Leadership

Leadership Training | The Pacific Program

Database Tracks History of U.S. Meddling in Foreign Elections

Obama’s Meddling in Foreign Elections: Six Examples

Analysis 2016: The long history of the U.S. interfering with elections elsewhere

Poll: Most Voters Don’t Think Non-Union Members Should Pay Dues


Sherman County eNews #45


  1. Sherman High School Basketball on Saturday, Feb. 24

  2. The Humanities

  3. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Spring Grant Cycle

  4. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, Feb. 26

  5. Relationships and Rules and Parenting

  6. Oregon Historical Society’s 2018 Oregon History Makers Medal Awards

  7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center March Meal Menu

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

1. Sherman High School Basketball on Saturday, Feb. 24

Come cheer on the Sherman Varsity Boys as they compete against Grand View Christian Academy in the Second Round Playoffs this Saturday, February 24, 2018, here at the Sherman County School Event Center starting at 4:00.

Admission is $6 for Adults and $4 for Students


— Audrey Rooney, Registrar 

Sherman High School 

2. The Humanities

“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.” –National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended

See Sherman County Cultural Coalition Grant Application Notice and

3. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Spring Grant Cycle

The Sherman County Cultural Coalition will begin accepting grant applications March 1, 2018, for the 2018 Spring Grant Cycle. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at:

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:

Sherman County Cultural Coalition

P.O. Box 23

Moro, OR 97039

Or emailed to:


Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

4. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, Feb. 26

camera.35mm.blueThe Sherman County Photography Club meets this Monday, February 26, 6pm at the Steve Burnett Extension and Research Building in Moro. Come view the February photo challenge “Dogs…Happy Chinese New Year”.

Kathy Thompson will share her exciting experience participating Dogwood Photography Project 52.

Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.

5. Relationships and Rules and Parenting

If you are a parent or grandparent, you know there are plenty of rules for raising kids. Today, let’s consider why ignoring these rules can sometimes be a good idea.

Some years ago, in his book, How to Parent, Dr. Fitzhugh Dodson said that, “Raising a child is a human relationship, and human relationships cannot be reduced to a set of rules.” There is an inherent truth in that statement.

Rules are only guidelines, and both you and your child are unique. Each of you is a product of a special combination of genes and environment that has never existed before. What’s more, you have a special relationship with each of your children that is different from the relationship of any other two people on this planet.

Try to avoid the mistake of trying to fit this relationship into any preconceived idea of what it is “supposed to be” like. Refrain from dogmatically following a set of rules, even when the rules are written by a so-called “expert.” (Remember, expertise does not mean “perfection.”) And, refrain from trying to force your child to conform to someone else’s idea of what she or he should be.

The most important thing you can do for your children or grandchildren is to offer them stability, guidance and support while they explore, and learn to realize, the unique potential self which is unfolding within them.

You can reinforce their efforts to achieve worthwhile goals. You can set reasonable limits. You can remain flexible. But most of all, you can make sure they know that you recognize them and respect them for the goodness that resides within each of them. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Oregon Historical Society’s 2018 Oregon History Makers Medal Awards

Portland, OR — The Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is regarded as one of Oregon’s most prestigious honors and is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon.

The 2018 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are:

Stacy Allison: Adventurer, author, & businesswoman:  On September 29, 1988, after twenty-nine days on the mountain, Stacy Allison became the first American woman to summit the 29,028-foot Mt. Everest. Stacy has also reached the top of Mt. Denali, the highest point in North America, and was part of the first successful women’s ascent of Ama Dablam, the 22,495-foot peak known as Nepal’s Matterhorn. The author of Beyond the Limits: A Women’s Triumph on Everest and Many Mountains to Climb: Reflections on Competence, Courage and Commitment, Stacy is also a much sought-after motivational speaker. A dedicated volunteer to the American Lung Association, Habitat for Humanity, and Medical Teams International, Stacy is also owner and operator of Stacy Allison General Contracting.

Edward “Ed” Ray: Transformational higher education leader: President of Oregon State University since 2003, Edward “Ed” Ray is widely regarded as the most transformational leader in the school’s 150 year history. Under his guidance, OSU has received record levels of research awards and contracts; enrolled the highest number of students in the school’s history; launched a successful $1.14 billion fundraising campaign, which included nearly $189 million for scholarships and fellowships, 79 newly endowed faculty positions, and funding for key scientific and learning facilities; expanded dual-enrollment agreements to all seventeen of Oregon’s community colleges, and opened and grew the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.

Bill Stoller: Visionary business leader & philanthropist: Raised on a family farm outside of Dayton, Oregon, Bill Stoller is perhaps best known as the founder and owner of the winery that bears his name. He is the co-founder of Express Employment Professionals, currently the largest privately held staffing company in the world, with more than 800 offices in three countries, as well as the founder of Xenium, a human resources and employer services outsource company. As an ardent preservationist, Bill’s drive for sustainability earned Stoller Winery the first-ever LEED Gold certification in the world.

Bob’s Red Mill: Revolutionizing the food industry: Founded in 1978 by Bob and Charlee Moore, Bob’s Red Mill is known worldwide as the producer of natural, certified organic and gluten-free milled grain products. Bob celebrated his 81st birthday in 2010 by transferring ownership of his company to his employees through an employee stock ownership plan. Bob and Charlee’s passion for healthy foods and clean living led them to donate tens of millions of dollars to Oregon State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and the National University of Natural Medicine to fund projects and research promoting healthy diets.

“In this tenth anniversary year of the History Makers Dinner, we are pleased to honor three individuals and one iconic Oregon business that exemplify what it means to be an ‘Oregon History Maker’,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

The Oregon History Makers Medals will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; for more information, please contact Alexis Borges-Silva at 503.306.5266 or

7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center March Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu

March 2018

We serve lunch at 12:00, noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at  541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food to serve!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. Is $7.00 ~ 60 Yrs. & Up $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  1 2
Chicken Thighs w/stuffing Clam Chowder
Veggies & salad Cottage Cheese & rolls
Fruit Veggies, salad & dessert
5 6 7 8 9
Chicken ala King Oven Fried Chicken Beef Stroganoff over Mac & Cheese w/bacon Navy Bean & Ham Soup
Biscuits, Veggies, Salad Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Noodles Veggies & salad Cornbread & Veggies
Dessert Veggies, salad & fruit Veggies, salad & dessert Fruit Salad & Dessert
12 13 14 15 16
Hamburger gravy over Beef & Noodles Pork Roast Hot Turkey Sandwich BBQ Meatballs & Rice Pilaf
Mashed Potatoes Muffins & Veggies Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Veggies & Salad Veggies & Salad
Veggies, salad & dessert Salad & Fruit Veggies, salad & Dessert Fruit Dessert
19 20 21 22 23
Cheeseburgers Oriental Chicken Meatloaf Chicken Tetrazzini Hot Ham & Cheese/Bun
Potato Wedges Rice Pilaf & Veggies Mashed Potatoes w/gravy Veggies & Salad Potato Wedges
Veggies, salad & dessert Salad & Fruit Veggies, salad & dessert Fruit Veggies, salad & dessert
26 27 28 29 30
Pizza loaded w/meat BBQ Burger & Cheddar Oven Fried Chicken Chili Chicken Fried Steak
Veggies & Salad Cornbread Pie Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Cornbread & Veggies Mashed Potatoes/Gravy
Dessert Veggies, salad & fruit Veggies, salad & fruit Salad & Fruit Veggies, salad & Dessert

MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO AVAILABILITY — ATTENTION:  For those who have food allergies, be aware that a large variety of food is prepared in the kitchen.  Therefore, meals may be prepared with ingredients and food service equipment may come in contact with ingredients to which you may have an allergic reaction, such as nuts.

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

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Sherman County eNews #44


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  ~ The Editor



Happy Birthday, Sherman County! 1889-2018


SHERMAN COUNTY WRESTLING CLUB SHIRTS. If you are interested in purchasing a Sherman County Wrestling Club shirt please contact Jeremy Lanthorn with your size. Sizes will be available from Youth Small to 2XL, cost will be $20.00 to cover the cost of the shirt and to help the wrestling club raise money to purchase a new mat as well as competition gear. 2/23


Sherman County School Coaching Opportunities. Coaching positions are currently available in the following areas:


Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Head Coach)

Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Assistant Coach)

Boys and Girls Tennis (Head Coach).

These jobs will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing will be required for all positions. For further information and application materials please email Gary Lewis at or Wes Owens at Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

COURSE MARSHAL / SUPPORT SPECIALIST WANTED. Watch races and get paid for it too. Oregon Raceway Park is seeking corner workers for the 2018 season. Candidates must be 18 years of age, able to climb ladders, have the ability to be outdoors (sometimes in harsh conditions), have good verbal communication skills and be able to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations. We are proud to offer our event presenters a source of skilled and competent personnel to staff our many and varied events from Auto, Kart and Motorcycle Races. Training will be held March 17, 2018 9am-5pm at 93811 Blagg Lane, Grass Valley, OR. If interested please contact, Brenda Pikl: 541-333 2452 or   3/9                                                             


Position: Temporary Instructional Assistant

Start Date: February 26, 2018

Position Description: Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified and self-motivated temporary Instructional Assistant with preferred previous experience working in a school environment. The successful candidate will support instructional and other activities as assigned for a twelve week period. This position will remain open until filled. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.

How to Apply: For further information and application materials please email Wes Owens at or call 541-565-3500. Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Start Date 4/2/18

Work Schedule Monday – Friday 7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Current Salary $11.04 – $13.74/hour DOE

Job Description/Responsibility  Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified Food Service Assistant.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug screening is required.  Health Insurance Package is pro-rated for this 6 hour per day position. The Food Service Assistant’s primary responsibilities include dishwashing and salad bar preparation. The Food Service Assistant must be able to lift up to 50 lbs., and must also be organized, reliable, self-motivated, capable of planning and scheduling, and is responsible for a variety of other miscellaneous duties to ensure the kitchen and cafeteria are maintained in a healthy, safe, and sanitary manner. Application Method/Materials Required Please submit a letter of interest, application (available from the school district) and resume if you are interested in the position to: Wes Owens, Superintendent, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon  97039 | (541) 565-3500  This position will remain open until filled. Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer.


Endorsement(s) Required: Endorsement in Health Education is required for this position. Other opportunities may become available to increase FTE.

SalarySalary will be dependent upon start date, education, and experience.

Start Date:  On or before, January 29, 2018.

Position Description:  Sherman County School District is seeking a highly qualified .43 FTE Health Education Specialist. The successful candidate will spend two (2) periods each day teaching Health Education classes serving 7th-12th grade students and one (1) period each day as the Yearbook classroom instructor. The workday for this position will be from 7:45 am until 11:15 am. Current paid coaching opportunities that are available at this time include Head High School Tennis Coach and Head High School Track Coach, other potential coaching and advisor opportunities may also become available.


  • Ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to communicate with parents, students and staff.
  • Able to meet the individual needs of all students.
  • Excellent planning, organizational skills.
  • Qualified applicants who have experience and an interest in coaching are encouraged to apply.

About Sherman County School District:  The Sherman County School District is a K-12 progressive school with approximately 245 students, located in Moro, Oregon.  The 2016-17 school year saw the opening of a new elementary and remodeled Jr./Sr. High School connected as one modernized facility.  Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing required.  For further information and application materials please email Wes Owens at Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


LAND. RMLS# 17410095. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to Moro but in the country. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. $50,000. Call Tiffany Hillman with Dryside Property @ 541-993-7006  5/1

HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & NOVELTY GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 |  2/23



LOCAL HANDYMAN SERVICES. No job too small. Licensed general contractor. Equipment operator. OR CCB #135768 KCK, Inc.  541-993-4282   3/30




BUDGET COMMITTEE OPENINGS (3): The City of Moro has three (3) openings for the Budget Committee. The term is two years and is a Council appointed position. This position consists of one/two meetings yearly. Anyone interested in the above position should contact: Erik Glover, Moro City Administrator, 541-565-3535, or send a letter to: City of Moro, Attn: Budget Committee, PO BOX 231, Moro, OR 97039 by April 02, 2018. 3/30 



2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1 AARP Tax Aide Sites Open Statewide

24 OSU Small Farm Conference, Corvallis

25 Happy Birthday Sherman County 1889-2018

26 Sherman County Photography Club 6 Steve Burnett Extension Bldg.
27 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors 1:15 The Dalles

28 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9

28 Retirement Open House for Rosanna Breeding 1-4 Farm Service Agency


1 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 7

1-4 National Association of Counties Conference, Washington, D.C.

3 Bill Flatt Memorial Service 1 Condon High School gymnasium

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Exec. Board Meeting 4

7 All County Prayer Meeting, Moro Presbyterian Church Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

9 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

10 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 The Roaring Twenties

10 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program 10:30 Discovery Center

13 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation Board Meeting 8:30

13 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

13 North Central Public Health Board Meeting 3

14 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center

15 Maryhill Museum of Art Opens for the Season

17 Celebrate “St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s” 7 St. Peter’s Landmark, The Dalles

21 Sherman County Court 9

22 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Board Meeting 4-6 Hood River

23-25 Northwest Horse Fair & Expo & Mustang Adoption, Albany, Oregon 


4 Sherman County Court 9

4 All County Prayer Meeting, Wasco Church of Christ Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

5 Sherman County Fair Board 7

10 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting 8:30

10? Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

10? North Central Public Health District 3 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

14 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Speedsters & Racers

18 Sherman County Court 9

23-24 Sherman County Budget Committee 8

28-29 Oregon Ag Fest, Salem


Sherman County eNews #43


  1. Editorial. Frontier TeleNet: Baffling, Disheartening & Embarrassing

  2. Frontier Telenet Assessment by County Solutions, Fall 2017

  3. Frontier Telenet: Upgrades, Needs; Planning Session Last week

Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good. ~ Thomas Sowell

1. Editorial. Frontier TeleNet: Baffling, Disheartening & Embarrassing

Let us be clear! We’ve followed Frontier TeleNet from its formative years and want to see it succeed.   

We expected more of the Frontier TeleNet board of directors and contractors when they met last week. We expected them to arrive having seriously studied the assessment and recommendations made by County Solutions for the owners of Frontier TeleNet, the people in Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.

We expected their thoughtful responses to each recommendation (below): a systems audit, development of a vision and strategy, a business plan, a marketing plan… all very basic responsibilities, and serious consideration and debate about an umbrella Chapter 190 organization, hiring a Frontier TeleNet manager, formalizing duties of the secretary-treasurer, and forming an advisory committee.

Instead, their thoughtless, careless responses show that board members and staff lack the will to do the work to deal with the seriousness of their situation. 

Instead, their foolish responses reveal an arrogant disrespect for the people they represent and the money spent on this important assessment.

Whomever it was that, “assured there was no need to go through AOC’s report,” is not competent to represent us. This report is an important and timely public document that belongs to all of us. We deserve to hear our representatives consider, debate and decide.

Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler county courts and Frontier TeleNet’s contracted staff are complicit in such continuing failures of planning and process.

We deserve and expect a professional performance by our elected and un-elected officials.  We must insist! 

2. Frontier Telenet Assessment by County Solutions, Fall 2017

“Frontier Telenet Assessment – Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler County

Performed by County Solutions Fall 2017

“At the request of the Frontier Telenet Board of Directors, the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) County Solutions program has undertaken an assessment of its structures and review mechanisms in order to improve coordination, partnering and public engagement for the intergovernmental entity. The assessment also examined the organization’s capacity to provide administrative, marketing, and operations functions.

“This assessment was conducted through interviews with Frontier Telenet’s board members and staff, local government officials and staff, stakeholders and interested members of the public.  In addition, the responsibilities of an intergovernmental entity have been reviewed. The following provides categories of work that this assessment addressed. Following the background in each category, the report offers recommendations for the Telenet Board’s consideration in next steps to address issues identified in the assessment.  


“Background. Frontier Telenet was established in 2001 to support the 911 function and serve the region’s schools and libraries. Much has happened in the field of telecommunications since that time and new challenges and opportunities have emerged. Today, broadband technology continues to evolve at a rapid rate. This creates the need for an adaptive organization that can both plan for and respond to the opportunities and challenges that exist in the present and in the future. 

“Conduct a systems audit. The infrastructure that makes up the Frontier Telenet system has been built over time and while staff associated with the organization have knowledge of its components, a comprehensive inventory is needed. An asset map should also include the status of leases and agreements that support the infrastructure. An inventory would help the organization identify what upgrades are needed and prepare for the next generation of technology. Additionally, cataloging Frontier Telenet’s current customers and the status of their accounts is needed to accompany the infrastructure audit in order to provide a baseline for future planning.  

“Establish a vision. Given the changes in technology, there are new opportunities that should be considered going forward, such as the new generation 911, which connects personal cell phones and tablets. Developing an integrated technology strategy would require particular kinds of system upgrades. The organization should determine its vision in relation to the role they play relative to retail and residential customers.  Opportunities for economic development should also be considered to determine how to best position the region going forward. A vision that has regional ownership – including the counties, cities and users – will serve the organization in developing a solid business plan.

“Develop a Business Plan. A business plan should build on the asset map, and be based on the vision to establish what kind of service is needed. The plan should outline the system upgrades that are needed and a strategy for how to pay for them. The plan should also develop a strategy to sequence new investments in the region and ensure expectations of service do not exceed the capacity of the systems to deliver them. The plan needs to be adaptable and should be reviewed at least every two years given the rapid pace of technological evolution in the field.  To build ownership in the business plan, it should be developed in a transparent manner with opportunities for engagement with stakeholders.

“Develop a Marketing Plan. While Frontier Telenet has taken steps to focus on marketing by hiring staff to pursue opportunities, a more detailed marketing plan, which follows the development of the vision and, more directly, the business plan would be useful. The marketing plan also needs to be adaptable as the opportunities have changed over time and the demand is changing rapidly as well.


“Background. Frontier Telenet is governed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of one member from each of the participating counties. The governing body of each county appoints a representative to the Board under Article ll of the intergovernmental agreement that created Frontier Telenet. Board Members serve at the pleasure of the respective governing body.  The Board elects a President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer. Collectively, these are the “Officers” of the Board. Under Article ll, the Board elects Officers who serve a term of one year. This is done annually, at the beginning of the year.

“Communication with Boards of Commissioners. Given the growing importance of Frontier Telenet to the counties and the region it is important that the county governing bodies are well informed about the plans and activities of the organization. Each member of the Telenet Board should provide regular updates to each Board of Commissioners. This is particularly important given the need to have well informed members who can seamlessly assume board duties when commissioners retire or leave office.

“Consider forming an umbrella ORS 190 organization that includes multiple Lower John Day counties functions There are several county functions that are provided in the three-county region, in addition to Frontier Telenet, such as: veterans services; economic development; building codes; community corrections, etc. Combining functions, such as these, under an umbrella ORS 190 organization could allow the three counties to have a more centralized capacity that could benefit operations. 


“Background. Article ll of the founding agreement outlines the duties of each Officer of the Board, including the Secretary/Treasurer, which states: “The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep the minutes and official records of Frontier Telenet. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for the fiscal administration of all funds of Frontier Telenet. The Secretary/Treasurer and the President shall act as co-signers of checks drawn upon the accounts of Frontier Telenet. The Secretary/Treasurer may delegate the administrative functions of his or her office to another person who need not be on the Board. A unanimous vote is required to decide financial matters, the hiring and discharging of employees and for the acceptance of Scopes of Work for each project undertaken by Frontier Telenet including any contractual arrangements. Each Scope of Work shall be maintained by the Secretary as a part of Frontier Telenet’s corporate records.”

“Frontier Telenet has been staffed by a part time contracted manger since its inception. The responsibilities of managing the organization have transitioned over time given the evolving complexities of the telecommunications landscape, the new demands for service and the competition among private providers. As the organization has no employees and relies on contractors, it has required Board Members to assume many functions of management. In the area of fiscal administration, Frontier Telenet is owed approximately $900,000 in E-Rate dollars that have gone unpaid over the past three to four years.  

“Formalize delegation of Secretary/Treasurers duties. The responsibility of the Secretary/Treasurer is well defined in the bylaws and the delegation of various components of that responsibility should be documented in writing along with expectations in order to ensure accountability.  Specifically delegate responsibility to collect E-Rate dollars owed Frontier Telenet These funds are important to the fiscal sustainability of Frontier Telenet. Past assurances that this issue will be resolved have not borne fruit. A new strategy is needed.

“Consider hiring a manager for Frontier Telenet. Given the changing, increasingly complex environment noted above, the job of managing Frontier Telenet has become very demanding. It places too high a burden on Board Members who have other significant responsibilities carrying out their duties as County Commissioners. Also, given the competition among various providers, it would be beneficial to hire an individual who is an employee of Frontier Telenet. Negotiations as infrastructure is built out and plans are developed and implemented require sustained focus.


“Background. Frontier Telenet is an ORS 190 organization which means that it is a intergovernmental organization that carries responsibilities for transparency and maintenance of records, among other functions. There have been public requests for information and transparency that need to be addressed on an ongoing basis. Frontier Telenet is moving to establish an office space in Sherman County and to provide a website where the public can track the activities of the organization. It is also exploring the establishment of an accessible phone system that makes it easier to have a centralized point of contact for the public.

“Clarify responsibility for records management. The responsibility for records management lies with the Board’s Secretary/Treasurer, which can be delegated to an individual not on the Board. This delegation should be clearly articulated, and expectations should be outlined to ensure accountability.

“Continue efforts to establish a transparent organization. The value of transparency is an informed public that can contribute to the success of Frontier Telenet. Efforts underway should continue and evolve with the needs of the organization. Creating a culture of openness among all Board Members, staff, associated partners and stakeholders will create a shared mission for the region. A session with an expert on the transparency requirements and functions of 190 organizations would help in taking next steps for the organization.

“Consider creating an Advisory Committee. Frontier Telenet should consider creating an Advisory Committee of key stakeholders to review and comment on important plans and programs in a more interactive setting than an official meeting of the Board. An advisory committee could also provide a new forum to resolve differences in the region.”

3. Frontier Telenet: Upgrades, Needs; Planning Session Last week

~From the February 22, 2018 issue of The Times-Journal with permission:

Directors of Frontier Telenet met at Fossil last week for a monthly session with staff and contract personnel. A financial report was provided indicating receivables and transfers amounting to $294,665.16 for the month of January and expenses amounting to $176,263.25 for the month. Judge Gary Thompson requested that a listing of accounts receivable also be included in the financial report.

Board members heard brief updates on the City of Condon/Gilliam County fiber middle-mile project, which included that the contract had been awarded to Inland Development Corp., also known as Windwave, and that contract issues are currently being finalized.

Mike Smith, Frontier Telenet marketing director, reported on the Frontier Regional 911 contract with the Burns Paiute Tribe which was activated Feb. 1, saying “So far so good.” Ryan LeBlanc and Todd Cox, Day Wireless consultant technicians, also indicated that Burns/Paiute law enforcement have also indicated that system is working well.

Regarding the Wheeler County wireless project, LeBlanc reported that Phase I of the project is 98 percent complete, and Day Wireless is working with Rural Technologies Group users to get them ‘migrated’ to the new system that is being installed, which he said would be about a month-long project.

Phase II, LeBlanc reported, would begin this week, and will include upgrades on the digital switch, and work on Ashwood and Keys Mountain sites will “bring a pipe into Mitchell.” He indicated the application process needs to begin now to allow for work on the new 700 megahertz system on Keys Mountain to begin in the third quarter of this year.

Regarding potential new users, Smith reported that he is working with Motorola to develop a plan to help Deschutes County as a potential customer of digital switch capacities.

Smith’s report on the Cottonwood communications tower indicated that it is “still moving forward.” Equipment for the tower is being built by Motorola, and Smith anticipates the tower will be “up and running by fire season,” or more precisely, the Fourth of July. The site for the tower is on private property and the “shelter and generator are there for us.” The communications tower was stipulated as a condition when Cottonwood Canyon State Park was originally established over three years ago. “We’ve fallen on our knees on this issue,” Judge Steve Shaffer, Frontier Telenet chairman, said on the issue of the park communications tower.

On the matter of the Intergovernmental Agreement with Sherman County, and the agreement between the state and Sherman County, it was noted that with the passing of Frontier Telenet and Sherman County legal counsel Will Carey, the agreements have been delayed. Attorney Jim Deason, by phone, suggested an agreement to allow Frontier Telenet to administer the Wasco to Rufus fiber project and indicated he would have an agreement drawn up within a week.

In other matters, directors: — approved the standard engagement letter and contract for auditing services by Oster Professional Group not to exceed $6,880. — appointed Jeanne Burch as budget officer. — approved a budget committee of Frontier Telenet directors Steve Shaffer, Gary Thompson and Lynn Morley, along with Pat Shaw, Chris Humphreys and Brad Lohrey. — agreed that budget committee meetings would coincide with the regular monthly meeting schedule. — noted that Frontier Telenet is now officially in office space at the Steve Burnet/Extension Service Center in Moro. — heard that Frontier Telenet has submitted a bid to supply broadband to Mid Columbia Producers in Moro. — heard that Inland Development will bring in more broadband capacity than has been spoken for in the Condon/Gilliam County project. — heard that the internet service provider serving Wheeler County, Rural Technologies Group, will continue, along with other ISPs, to provide broadband service to the home, but from new Frontier Telenet equipment installed by Day Wireless at current and perhaps additional Frontier Telenet towers. — heard that Frontier Telenet service is not exclusive of rural homes, that service is available countywide based on current tower sites, and that Frontier Telenet is looking at additional tower sites and solar repeater sites as part of the county’s $2 million communications grant.

Frontier Telenet directors had also scheduled a planning session to consider the results of a report issued after personnel in the Frontier Telenet – Association of Oregon Counties had reviewed the capacity of the organization under current management.

Meeting with the directors initially in the work session was Mike McArthur, former Sherman County Judge and now executive director of the Association of Oregon Counties.

Assured there was no need to go through AOC’s report, McArthur began by suggesting the board consider hiring a manager and/or developing a tri-county organization with a manager that would over-see not only Frontier Telenet, but also provide the administrative capacity for other county programs and services, such as veterans’ affairs, corrections, public health, mental health, search and rescue, building codes, human resources. Judge Thompson spoke saying the idea “sounds just like more government. The smaller you are, the better off you are.” But added the realization that the counties don’t have the capacity to make what is currently in place work. “When you look at your needs,” McArthur encouraged, “think about how an umbrella organization can help.”

Judge Thompson questioned what it might take for a land use planner to cover the three counties. Sherman County Commissioner Tom McCoy, from the audience, noted that Mid-Columbia Council of Governments has recently folded because it couldn’t pay for the ‘capacity’ it had developed. “The basic question is, how do you pay for capacity?” McCoy asked. Mike Smith asked, “Could a manager for Frontier Telenet do other management? Would it be full-time? Is an advisory committee a possibility?”

 Steve Shaffer noted that “Frontier Telenet currently covers public safety infrastructure and public broadband.” Gary Thompson questioned whether it could be privatized or contracted out. Steve Shaffer suggested that “a mission statement is a good idea,” and regarding a business plan, “we sort of have one.” Gary Thompson pointed out that Frontier Telenet does not have a business plan written out. “We need to recognize our accomplishments and history,” said Mike Smith, and he praised the wireless system that was developed in 2001 and has been self-sustaining, and noted the uniqueness of three small counties partnering to develop such a system. He went on to say that Frontier Telenet needs to continue to update and upgrade its broadband service, and to continue to keep up the level of service. The purchase of the digital switch in 2012 has provided us with much more capacity.

Ryan LeBlanc presented the board with information regarding upgrades to equipment that will need to take place within the next five years, with approximate costs. Frontier Telenet’s Smith and Day Wireless’ Ryan LeBlanc and Steve Wynne will meet to prioritize these upgrades and improvements.

Further into the process of the work session, directors considered Frontier Telenet’s strengths, which they determined included: — The system is open to anyone. — We have a really good network. — Three counties working together to create something great. — You’ve been an inspiration to other areas. And challenges included: — Keep our existing business plan. — Get more customers. — Change the perception that we are poorly organized. — Keeping our head above water. — Get others to help promote the system. — Get day Wireless and Deschutes County to step up and say something, let people know we are here.

And as to who does Frontier Telenet serve, directors concluded: — We serve ourselves, schools, neighboring counties. — Cell phone companies, ISPs, clinics, 911.

Who are Frontier Telenet’s potential customers? — Other state and local governments, suppliers of last mile. — Other entities and counties.

Before closing the meeting, Sherman Commissioner Tom McCoy added some thoughts. He suggested that Frontier Telenet provide an accounting of how fiber is being used and what revenue is being generated from it. He also suggested that Frontier Telenet establish goals, or a schedule, regarding what broadband users can expect and when can they expect it; and also that Frontier Telenet establish a financial plan spelling out what will be done, when will it be done and how much will it cost.

Frontier Telenet directors will meet again Thursday, March 16, 10 a.m. at the Steve Burnet/Extension Service Center in Moro. The meetings are open to the public.


Sherman County eNews #42


  1. Sherman County School News: The Husky Times

  2. Three Candidates for Sherman County Judge Filed with Secretary of State’s Office

  3. History Tidbits: Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

  4. An Exhibition: Catching Birds With A Camera, Feb. 23-June 10

  5. Regional History Forum Program: Obsolete U.S. Currency, Feb. 24

  6. Belief and Control

  7. Retirement Open House for Roseanna Breeding, Feb. 28

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

“It is a mistake to think that the past is dead. Nothing that has ever happened is quite without influence at this moment. The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second of time. You, too, are your past; often your face is your autobiography; you are what you are because of what you have been; because of your heredity stretching back into forgotten generations; because of every element of environment that has affected you, every man or woman that has met you, every book that you have read, every experience that you have had; all these are accumulated in your memory, your body, your character, your soul. So with a city, a country, and a race; it is its past, and cannot be understood without it.” Will Durant

1. Sherman County School News: The Husky Times

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe February edition of the Sherman County School newsletter can be found here:


2. Three Candidates for Sherman County Judge Filed with Secretary of State’s Office

Candidates who filed for the office of Sherman County Judge as of February 16 are Larry Hoctor, Mike Smith and Joe Dabulskis. Search by year, primary election, office of County Judge, Sherman County at

3. History Tidbits: Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

February 25th!


Happy Birthday, Sherman County!

~IMAGINE! Imagine the history and the stories of our handsome historic county courthouse! Imagine the pride, anguish, trials, joy, excitement and frustration of the years…of public service, justice, weddings, mortgages, deeds and county business transactions. 

~A BIT CURIOUS! It is a bit curious that, while Sherman County was carved from Wasco County in 1889, the courthouse was not built until ten years later. E. O. McCoy petitioned the legislature for formation of the new county in 1889, proposing to name it Fulton County for Col. James Fulton, a prominent pioneer legislator. In a political move because Col. Fulton opposed a visit to the state house by General William Tecumseh Sherman, the new county was named Sherman. Governor Sylvester Pennoyer signed the modified bill on February 25, 1889 and the new county was named for General Sherman. 

~OFFICIALS. The governor appointed officers to serve the county until the next general election: Col. James Fulton, county judge, [who declined, and Owen M. Scott was appointed]; John Medler and Dayton Elliott, commissioners; V.C. Brock, clerk; E.M. Leslie, sheriff; Levi Armsworthy, treasurer; C.C. Meyers, assessor; and C.J. Bright, school superintendent. On March 12, 1889, the newly-appointed officers and constituents met at the Oskaloosa Hotel in Wasco for the official swearing-in. Wasco was declared the temporary county seat. The new officials rented a rock and concrete building in Block 6 on Lot 7 in Wasco to be used by the sheriff and clerk. County and circuit court business was conducted in the school building. 

~EXPANSION. During the 1891 Oregon legislative session, a bill was introduced to expand the county 18 miles south, taking in Townships 3, 4 and 5 South. This new boundary followed Buck Hollow and an 11-mile east-west boundary across the south. 

~COUNTY SEAT. Selection of a county seat resumed in earnest. Three towns were selected for the ballot: Wasco, Moro and Kenneth [a hamlet once located near DeMoss Springs]. Strong emotions led up to the vote for Moro, influenced by the county’s southward expansion and new residents. In 1892 the county contracted for construction of a temporary building to house the clerk, sheriff and a vault. Records were moved to Moro. In 1893 a jail was added and the vault was rebuilt. A flag pole and flag were ordered in 1895. In 1896, a deputy clerk and deputy sheriff were hired.

~1899. When the county began construction of the new courthouse on Block 23 in 1899, the temporary house on Block 23 in Moro was moved across the street to the south where it remains today. Charles Burggraf of Salem designed the handsome brick structure with Queen Anne architectural features, varied wall surfaces and a corner tower. It was built by contractor, A.F. Peterson of Corvallis, of thrifty material – brick manufactured in the brick yard behind it. The bell-shaped cupola was originally painted alternating bands of dark and light paint.

~FOR THE RECORD. In a story written by Patricia [French] Moore and published in Sherman County: For The Record in 1983, it is noted that the Grass Valley Journal reported completion of the new courthouse on November 3rd. On the 10th the Journal editor observed that, “Everyone who has seen the new courthouse wonders how such a house could have been built with so little money [$6,665]. On November 22nd, 1899, Sherman County’s handsome, new courthouse was turned over to county officials.”

~PROGRESS. In 1905, the Observer reported that there was a pot-bellied stove in each office and a complex of chimneys in the attic. Will Raymond was commissioned to produce ten large photographs of Sherman County scenes for the county’s exhibit at the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland and later for the courthouse walls, where they may be seen today. A jail and related supplies were purchased for $3,847 in 1905 and was located in the room the assessor now occupies. The assessor worked in the front room next to the clerk’s office.

~CHANGE. Moore’s story continues. “Major changes took place in 1934…the decision to dig a basement, construct walls, install a furnace and chimney for central heat and to put in a vault…work done as a relief project…under the leadership of county engineer, Hal White.” In 1941, the clerk’s vault was extended and the jail was moved to the rear of the courthouse. The brick on the south wall shows evidence of this move and brick replacement with matching windows. Upstairs remodeling accompanied construction over the jail, with chambers for the judge and jury. The handsome cupola was removed because of wind and storm damage by 1963 when Lee Gunnels painted the courthouse trim.

~MORE CHANGE. Modern carpeting, tile ceilings, computers and glass doors joined delicate wooden ornamentation, filigree knobs and round-topped windows. The white picket fence is long gone; the jail is a museum artifact. New sidewalks and landscaping in 1999 marked the 100th anniversary of the county’s seat of government.

~Sherman County Centennial Committee, 1989.

 4. An Exhibition: Catching Birds With A Camera, Feb. 23-June 10

Catching Birds With A Camera

on Exhibit February 23-June 10, 2018

The Oregon Historical Society

1200 S.W. Park Avenue

Portland, OR 97205


5. Regional History Forum Program: Obsolete U.S. Currency, Feb. 24

dollars.coinsGorge Country news director Rodger Nichols will offer stories and photos about old currency at the Feb. 24 Regional History Forum program at the Original Wasco County Courthouse.  He will present “Obsolete U.S. Currency:  From the Half Cent to the $100,000 Bill” at the 1859 venue, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.  The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

Nichols will reveal what the pioneers carried as pocket change.  In addition to the familiar dimes and quarters, they also dealt with half cents, two- and three-cent pieces, twenty-cent pieces, something called a half dime, and other intriguing now-obsolete denominations.  He will explain why a particular Spanish coin was legal tender in the U.S. up until 1857.

In addition to half a century’s work for local media outlets, Nichols does appraisals of coin collections in estates for a number of law firms.  He will bring coin catalogues to Saturday’s event and do free evaluations of three coins or bills per person after his presentation.

This is the fourth and final program in the 2018 Regional History Forum series.  There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs.  Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.  

6. Belief and Control

Do you believe you can exert control over your future, or do you feel that you are at the mercy of fate? There are a lot of folks who feel that their lives, and the world around them, are spinning out of control – and there is nothing they can do about it. Today we are going to talk about how beliefs affect what happens to us.

The amount of control you believe you have over your life has a great deal to do with what you are willing to try, and therefore it also has a great deal to do with what you accomplish. Low belief level equals an unwillingness to try, and the accomplishments never happen.

There is the classic story, from Jungian analyst John Sanford, about a depressed musician for whom neither therapy nor prayer was helping. One day, the man’s car had a flat on the highway, miles from a phone. (Yes, this was in the days before mobile phones.) At first, he stood staring at the car, paralyzed, realizing it had been years since he had changed a tire. Although he wasn’t sure how to use the jack and other tools, he began to work on the task. After an hour of sweat and struggle, he finally got the spare tire on. Back in the car, he realized that he was no longer depressed!

This small success showed him the way to approach his larger problems. He clearly had more control over his destiny than he had thought. He could do more than he thought, if only he would try, if only he would believe in himself enough to plunge in and start. He did not need to be perfect and he did not need to have all the answers before he started. He could take control, and when he did, it felt good. He had given his brain something other than his depression to focus on, and it stepped up to the task at hand.

So, if you are feeling helpless and seemingly at the mercy of a chaotic, ever-changing world around you, take heart and take action – any action you can manage that will get you moving in the direction you want to go. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Retirement Open House for Roseanna Breeding, Feb. 28

Please join us to celebrate the retirement of Roseanna Breeding, our local Farm Service Agency County Director. We will be having an open house here at the service center from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Treats and refreshments will be provided, so swing on in and visit a while.

When: Wednesday February 28th – 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Where: The Farm Service Agency Office – 302 Scott Street, Moro, Oregon

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