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

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Oregon Symphony: Shaking up the repertoire

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

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