Sherman County eNews #51


  1. 1A Basketball Tournament, Friday Results

  2. Weather: Monthly Climate Summary for Moro

  3. Theodore (Ted) R. Carlson, 1924-2018

  4. Frontier TeleNet Summary of February Board of Directors Meeting

  5. Self-Imposed Rules and Regulations

  6. 2018 Oregon Heritage Conference April 11-13 | Registration Open

  7. Fatal Commercial Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway 97 near Milepost 30

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

1. 1A Basketball Tournament, Friday Results basketball schedule/results:

1A- (at Baker High School)

Hosanna Christian 64, Nixyaawii 50 (boys)

Sherman 59, Joseph 43 (boys)

2. Weather: Monthly Climate Summary for Moro

snowflakeYou can find the March outlook and the February monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

~Marilyn Lohmann

National Weather Service Pendleton  541-276-7832.

3. Theodore (Ted) R. Carlson, 1924-2018

flower.rose.starTed Carlson passed away February 15, 2018, at the age of 93 in The Dalles at The Springs Assisted Living facility.  He was born August 19, 1924, the fifth of seven children to Hulda and Arthur Carlson in The Dalles, Oregon.  He attended schools in The Dalles and after graduation entered the Merchant Marines at the onset of World War II.  He had many adventures and misadventures while in the Merchant Marines, many that he shared in The Dalles Chronicle after a memorable trip to Washington, D.C. with The Honor Flight. 

His sister introduced Ted to her friend, Cleo Snyder-Laffoon, and they were married June 2, 1946 after his return.  Ted moved to the family ranch at Kent where they lived until her death, on her birthday, August 23, 2005.  Ted and Cleo raised three children, watching them play sports, and participate in 4-H and FFA.  After retirement they traveled and spent many winters in Yuma, AZ, golfing, swimming, and enjoying the sun and the comradery of new and old friends.

Ted was a member of Oregon Wheat Growers League, Oregon Cattlemen’s, and the Masonic Temple.  He loved fishing, hunting, rock hounding and spending time with family.  Ted learned carpentry skills from his father, Art, as they built the family home, barn and a shop where more than 70 years of family deer and elk trophies hang.

Ted is survived by his three children and their spouses; Gary and Sheri Carlson, Byron and Betty Carlson, and Marnene and Craig Wood; grandchildren Christopher, Jeremy (Coral), Sean, Darcy and Brad; and great grandchildren Halle, Josiah and Jules.  He was preceded in death by his spouse of 59 years; parents and siblings Art Jr., Don, Mildred, Jean, Jerry and Lois; and beloved grandson Cody Jack Childress.

Friends and family are invited for dessert and the sharing of memories of Ted on Saturday, March 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon at the Sherman County Senior Center in Moro.

4. Frontier TeleNet Summary of February Board of Directors Meeting

Note: Summary of February Board of Directors Meeting for Frontier TeleNet.  Please note the complete minutes will be presented at March 16, 2018 meeting for approval.



FEBRUARY 16, 2018


“Frontier Telenet Meeting held at Jeanne E. Burch Building in Fossil, Oregon.

  • Meeting Called to Order at 10:02 AM.
  • Minutes: January, 2018 minutes approved as presented.
  • Financial: January 2018 financial statement approved as presented. Judge Thompson asked for a list of account receivable at next meeting.
  • Gilliam County/City of Condon RFP. Judge Shaffer gave an update on the project.  Going forward and working out details of the contract with Inland Development Corporation.
  • Frontier Regional 911-Burns Tribe: Dispatch service started with Burns Tribe as of February 1, 2018. From now on this project is Frontier 911 responsibility.
  • Wheeler County Broadband Project: Phase one is 98% complete.  Day Wireless will be starting on Phase two if weather permits.  Keys Mountain FCC License application signed by Chair.
  • Digital Switch: Mike Smith is working with two potential customers for the digital switch.
  • Cottonwood Park: Tower project is moving forward and hopes to have online by fire season (July) 2018.
  • Sherman County IGA: With passing of legal counsel, Will Carey, the project is being reorganized through Jim Deason and Ruben Cleaveland.
  • Audit Contract and Engagement Letter: Signed with Oster Professional Group for the fiscal year 2018-2019.
  • Budget Officer: Appointed Jeanne Burch budget officer for 2018-2019 Budget.
  • Budget Committee: Appointed Budget Committee for 2018-2019 fiscal year.  Steve Shaffer, Gary Thompson, Lynn Morley, Pat Shaw, Brad Lohrey and Chris Humphrey.
  • Budget Calendar: Approved with budget committee meeting scheduled for May 18, 2018 and budget hearing scheduled for June 15, 2018.
  • Other Items:
    • Recognition of Will Carey as legal counsel for Frontier TeleNet.
    • Frontier Telenet Sherman County Office now open.
    • Judge Thompson noted that Mid Columbia Producers upgrading systems.
    • Mike Dabulskis inquired about Inland Development Fiber and what Rural Technology Group does. The answer was 192or 216 fiber strands and RTG is an internet provider (ISP).
    • Roberta Vandehey asked if RTG had any of the Two Million Dollar Wheeler County Grant? The answer was no.
    • Kathryn Greiner asked if North Central Education District e-rate was less and what is the timeline for two county RFP? The answer was yes on e-rate and timeline for RFP is four months.
    • Next Meeting: March 16, 2018 in Sherman County.
  • Meeting Adjourned at 11:10 AM.” ~Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet staff.

5. Self-Imposed Rules and Regulations

How often do you find yourself feeling irritated by things that other people do? If it is all the time or even several times a day, you will want to pay attention to what we are going to talk about today.

People who are easily irritated usually blame others for it. But to find the cause – not the blame, but the root cause – they need to look inside themselves and not at those around them. Now, irritability can have many causes, but one of the most common causes is too many restrictive zones. In other words, one has too many rigid ideas and rules about right and wrong behavior.

Restricted people believe there is a right way to squeeze the toothpaste tube, a right way to put the dishes in the dishwasher, a right way to do just about everything – and that includes how to hang the toilet paper on the roller. They even have all kinds of so-called facts to back them up.

Now, it is not enough that these folks feel compelled to follow these very restrictive and unnecessary rules. They have the same compulsion about other people too. Sometimes others will go along to keep the peace. But often, they will consciously or unconsciously break these needless rules just to drive the compulsive folks crazy.

It is important to become aware of the self-imposed rules we live by and get rid of those that keep us rigidly confined for no important purpose. It is also important that we refrain from imposing our personal standards on others. Why spend your days stressed-out and irritated, wondering why your relationships don’t work? Relax! Loosen up! Let go a little! It’s a guarantee that everyone will feel better for it.

Life is too short and too precious to spend it all stressed out. There are other, more constructive ways to use our boundless energies and talents!

6. 2018 Oregon Heritage Conference April 11-13 | Registration Open

Registration is open for the 2018 Oregon Heritage Conference & Heritage Excellence Awards! Enjoy three days of workshops, sessions, and tours in beautiful Central Oregon April 11-13 addressing the theme of People. Place. Change. 

This conference engages participants in all areas of heritage preservation in Oregon including historic preservation, museums, historical societies, commissions, main streets, archaeology, historic cemeteries, and more. Whether you want to strengthen your organization, identify tools and resources for your efforts, engage with the community, advocate for support, or create new appreciation for Oregon heritage in its many forms, you will want to attend.

Check out the preliminary schedule of the workshops, tours, session topics, and tips for online registration here along with information on our Keynote Speaker, Jeannette Pierce, who will be using her experience in Detroit to talk about how to lift up the stories of lifelong residents as well as helping newcomers better understand and authentically connect with their new home. 

Register today by visiting here. For access to all conference events including the Heritage Excellence Awards, scroll down and select the “Oregon Heritage Conference and Excellence Awards Banquet” option. This year we are running a registration special, “buy one registration and a board member can attend for half-price”. If this is something you are interested in, contact Kuri Gill for more information at or (503) 986-0685.

Major Conference Sponsors include: Indow, Oregon Historical Society, and Restore Oregon.

7. Fatal Commercial Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway 97 near Milepost 30

~  Oregon State Police

On Friday, March 2, 2018, at about 3:09 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers from The Dalles Area Command and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle head-on collision near milepost 30 on US-97.

Preliminary investigation revealed, a blue Volvo commercial motor vehicle pulling a box trailer, operated by Vernon GARREN, age 33, of Sacramento, CA, was traveling northbound on US-97 near milepost 30, passing another northbound commercial motor vehicle when he crashed head-on into a southbound blue Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle pulling double tanker trailers, operated by Ronald Dwayne WHIZ, age 49, of Wapato, Washington. WHIZ was pronounced deceased at the scene. GARREN and his passenger, Neelam Priya LAL, were transported via ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, and Sherman County Emergency Services Department. US-97 was shut down for three hours before the northbound lane was re-opened.

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

bird.owl3Sherman County School District

Oregon Symphony: Shaking up the repertoire

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

How Many Lives Are Saved By Guns — And Why Don’t Gun Controllers Care?



Sherman County eNews #50


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)


pencil.sharpFree 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.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory notes and Joyful News here. ~ The Editor


THANK YOU, THE TIMES-JOURNAL, for local news! February 22nd: “Congratulations, Big Sky District champs Sherman Huskies; good luck in state play-offs, Huskies, Knights, Honkers,” “Industrial hemp flourishes in Sherman County; processing at Grass Valley,” “Frontier Telenet directors meet at Fossil, hear of upgrades, needs; conduct planning session,” and “Sherman Cultural Coalition Spring grant applications available” 

THANK YOU, THE DALLES CHRONICLE! Your regional and Sherman County School winter athletics reporting informed and entertained us! 




COACHES. SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS. Coaching positions are currently available in the following areas:


sports.javelin-throwBoys and Girls HS Track & Field (Assistant Coach) 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  


HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE, NOVELTY GIFTS & FURNITURE REPAIR & REFINISHING. Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other reclaimed materials.  Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 |  4/6

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



READY FOR HELP WITH THOSE SPRING PROJECTS?  Local Handyman/General Contractor/Equipment Operator.  Large and small projects. Indoors or Out. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 4/6


  • The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2411 $35/year
  • The Dalles Chronicle .
  • The Goldendale Sentinel. 117 W. Main St., Goldendale, WA 98620 (509) 773-3777 | |
  • The Oregonian – Delivery. The Dalles Oregonian, P.O. Box 1367, The Dalles, OR 97058; 541-296-3600
  • USA TODAY. Home delivery. Contact The Dalles Oregonian, P.O. Box 1367, The Dalles, OR 97058; 541-296-3600


  • City of Wasco
  • City of Moro
  • City of Grass Valley
  • City of Rufus
  • Eastern Oregon
  • John Day River Territory
  • Oregon Raceway Park, Grass Valley
  • Sherman County
  • Sherman County Visitor Center, Sherman County Historical Museum, 10-5 May through October


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 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

4 Mud Springs Gospel Band at Kent Baptist Church 6 Kent

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 Remembering Ted Carlson (1924-2018) 2-4 Sherman County Senior & Community Center

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

16 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting 10 Burnet Extension Service Center

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 Frontier Regional 911 Agency Board Meeting 2

23-24 Sherman County Budget Committee 8

28-29 Oregon Ag Fest, Salem


2 Sherman County Court 9

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

3 Sherman County Fair Board 7

3 All County Prayer Meeting, Kent Baptist church (Thursday, National Day of Prayer) Refreshments and social time at 6:30, prayer time from 7:00 to 8:30.

5 Wasco County Pioneers’ Annual Reunion | Fort Dalles Readiness Center

12 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Popular Postwar Cars