Sherman County eNews #69

CONTENTS

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

  2. Sherman County 4-H Club News Reports March 2018

  3. Frontier TeleNet Approved Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, Feb. 16

  4. Thomas Herbert McAllister Jr. 1926 – 2018

  5. Essential, Inherent Goodness

  6. Arizona Couple Killed in Crash Near Kent, Oregon


 What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive very long. ~ Thomas Sowell


1. What’s Coming Up at Sherman County Public/School Library
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The Library at Lunch – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 20-22 at lunch time. Junior and senior high students are invited to stop by the library during lunch time and make a quick craft. We will be painting glass gems to look like the sky. Students may chose a night nebula sky, an evening sunset or just paint something pretty.

Book Club – Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Thursday, March 22 at 6pm.
Please join us for tea, dessert and discussion of our monthly book.

Crafts in Stacks – Needle Felt Landscapes
Saturday, March 24 at 2pm.
We will create landscape art by felting brightly colored wool with needles.
No previous skill required!
Ages firmly 12 and up.

Spring Break Movie Night
Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00 – Thor Ragnarok
Rated PG-13, runtime 2hrs 10min
Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 – Jumanji
Rated PG-13, runtime 1hr 44min
Don’t forget, the library will be on reduced hours. Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Tapping Techniques. Orice Klaas returns to Sherman County Public/School Library to share EFT (Tapping) techniques. Tapping can change the quality of your life. Orice will demonstrate this simple and powerful healing technique.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 from 6:00Ppm – 7:30pm.


2. Sherman County 4-H Club News Reports March 2018

4-H clover1The “Pans on Fire” Outdoor Cooking 4-H club met on March 6, 2018 at 3:40pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were:  Emma, Melanie, Josh, Michael, Savannah, Cohen, Mana, Allison, and Annaliese.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Josh, 4-H Pledge by Michael.  What we did during the meeting:  learn how to build a fire.  We cooked food over our fires.  Next meeting will be Wednesday March 21.  Meeting adjourned at 5pm.  Signed, Allison Rolfe, News Reporter

The horse 4-H club met on March 11, 2018 at 5pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Bailey, Courtney, Addie, Ellery, Addison and Mercedez.  Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H pledge led by Mercedez.  We went over president, vice president, recorder and keeper.  We went over meetings, we talked about our horses, also did the pledge of allegiance and 4-H pledge.  We talked about horse safety and finally we talked about what we will do at other meetings.  Our next meeting will be April 15 at 5pm.  Meeting adjourned at 5:36pm.  Signed, Addie Smith, News Reporter

The Tiny Teaspoons 4-H club met on March 17th at 10:00 am at the Cranston’s home. Attending were Zach Banks, Savannah Blagg, Madison Cranston, Addison Smith, Tierra Cyrus, Pyeper Walker and Claire Cranston. Excused absences were Marlie Johnston and Coral Mansfield. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Clarie and 4-H Pledge let by Savannah. We cooked three different soda breads from the United Kingdom, Irish Soda Bread, Crunchy Bacon Soda Bread and Scottish Buttermilk Bread. We have decided on the name “Tiny Teaspoons.” The Tiny Teaspoons experimented with carbon dioxide. We practiced measuring in standard and metric. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Our next meeting will be April 21st from 10-12. Meeting was adjourned at 12:00. Signed Pyeper Walker News Reporter.

The 4-H Leadership Club met on March 18, 2018 at 3pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Joey, Patrick, Meadow, Tayler, Emma, Cadence, Tyler, Cali, Mercedez, and Liberty.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Taylor, 4-H Pledge by Emma.  We did introductions, communication skills, a ball game, “How I Rank Myself as a Leader”, what leadership is (FFA, ASB, 4-H) and 4-H motto.  Meeting was adjourned at 5pm.  Signed Cali Johnson, News Reporter.

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3. Frontier TeleNet Approved Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, Feb. 16

FRONTIER TELENET BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

FEBRUARY 16, 2018

The regular meeting of the Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors was called to order by Chairman Steve Shaffer at 10:02 AM.  This meeting held in the Conference Room of the Jeanne E. Burch Building, 401 Fourth Street, Fossil, Oregon.

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

Also Present:  Todd Cox and Ryan LeBlanc, Day Wireless System; Debbie Starkey, Wheeler County Commissioner; Mike McArthur, Association of Oregon Counties; Tom McCoy and Joe Dabulskis, Sherman County Commissioners; Mac Stinchfield, Times Journal Newspaper; Kathryn Greiner, City of Condon; Roberta Vandehey; Elizabeth Farrar; Rob Myers and Mike Smith, Frontier TeleNet Consultants; and Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet Staff.  Jim Deason, Legal Counsel, appeared by telephone.

Directors Changes or Additions to Agenda:  Judge Shaffer requested that the signing of the Keys Mountain FCC License Agreement be added.

Minutes:  Minutes of January 19, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting reviewed.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve January 19, 2018 minutes as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Financial Statement:  January 2018 financial statement reviewed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve January financial statement as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye. Gary Thompson requested an accounts receivable list be presented at the next meeting.

Gilliam County/City of Condon RFP Update:  Judge Shaffer reported that this project is proceeding.  There had been some discussion on the RFP between Gilliam County Consultant and City of Condon Consultant.  Interview of applicants has occurred, and Inland Development Corporation chosen for the project. Gilliam County has requested that the City of Condon and Gilliam County each have 12 pair of fiber.   At this time Judge Shaffer was not sure if the contracts would go through Frontier TeleNet.  Negotiations are going on with City of Condon on Project Manager and disbursement of funds.  Tom McCoy asked who will own fiber.  Judge Shaffer replied that Inland Development Corporation would own the fiber and Gilliam County and City of Condon will lease from them.  Jim Deason explained how the City of Condon and Gilliam County will have right of use of these fibers.

Frontier Regional 911-Burns Tribe Update:  Mike Smith reported that 911 service started on February 1, 2018 with the Burns Paiute Tribe.  Mike also pointed out that from now on this is a Frontier Regional 911 project.  Ryan LeBlanc and Todd Cox, Day Wireless Systems, were in Burns and reported the dispatch is working fine.

Wheeler County Wireless Project:  Ryan LeBlanc reported that phase one is 98% complete.  Day Wireless will be working with Rural Technology Group (RTG) to migrate users to the new system.  Phase two will start in about a week, if the weather cooperates.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to authorize Judge Shaffer to sign the FCC Licensing Application for Keys Mountain.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.  Consensus of Board that Judge Shaffer may sign necessary licensing papers as long as he brings it to the next regular board meeting.  It was decided that in the future, Frontier TeleNet Agendas will have an IT dedicated report that will encompass all projects going on at the time. 

Digital Switch:  Mike Smith reported he is talking to two potential new users of the digital switch.  Mike will be issuing an RFP on behalf of Frontier TeleNet to look at options.  Mike also reported he would be working with Motorola on this RFP.

Cottonwood Tower:  This project is still moving forward, and Mike Smith has been stopping at the park to check on progress.  Equipment is being built and Mike cannot see any obstacles to stop the project from being up and running by fire season 2018.  It was noted there will be an outdoor school session at the park location this summer.

Sherman County IGA:  With the passing of Legal Counsel, Will Carey, this project is not completed.  Jim Deason reported that work is now being done by Ruben Cleaveland of Annala, Carey, Thompson, Vankoten & Cleaveland Law Firm.  Mr. Cleaveland and Jim Deason  will work with Mike Smith.

Sherman County Fiber Project Update:  No report

Audit Contract and Engagement Letter:  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve the audit contract and engagement letter with Oster Professional CPA in a sum not to exceed $6,880.00.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Budget Officer:  Moved by Steve Shaffer, seconded by Gary Thompson to appoint Jeanne Burch Budget Officer for the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Budget Committee:  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to appoint budget committee members for the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget.  Members will be:  Steve Shaffer, Gary Thompson, Lynn Morley, Pat Shaw, Chris Humphreys and Brad Lohrey.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Budget Calendar:  Proposed Budget Calendar reviewed.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget Calendar.  Budget Committee  Meeting will be on May 18, 2018 and Budget Hearing will be June 15, 2018.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Other Items For the Good of the Order:  Recognition for services of  Will Carey, Frontier TeleNet Legal Counsel, discussed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to donate $100.00 to Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in memory of Will Carey.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Sherman County Office:  Mike Smith reported the Frontier TeleNet Office is officially open in Sherman County.  Gary Thompson offered to coordinate with Mike Smith if other items are needed for this office. 

Judge Thompson stated that Mid Columbia Producers was putting in a new accounting system and asked Mike Smith if Frontier was bidding on project.  Mike Smith reported yes.

Joe Dabulskis asked how many fibers Inland Development has.  Jim Deason replied that it could be either 192 or 216.

Joe Dabulskis also asked for clarification on what *RTG does.  Ryan LeBlanc explained that they are the ISP.  Frontier TeleNet is the backbone.

Roberta Vandehey asked for clarification if RTG has any of the Two Million Wheeler County Grant.  The answer was no.   Mrs. Vandehey also asked if internet service will be able to reach the rural area.  Mike Smith said that plans are to install solar repeater sites in the future and this will help reach the rural areas of Wheeler County.

Kathryn Greiner asked if the e-rate from North Central Education District was less.  The answer was yes.  Kathryn also asked when the Sherman County RFP is going out.  Mike Smith said very soon.

What is the timeline for the two county RFP.  Mike Smith said it will be at least four months as looking for contractor to write proposal.

Next Meeting will be March 16, 2018 in Sherman County.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 11:10 AM.

Respectfully Submitted

Jeanne E. Burch

Frontier TeleNet Staff

[*Editorial note. RTG is Rural Technology Group, an internet service provider.]


4. Thomas Herbert McAllister Jr. 1926 – 2018

binocularTom McAllister, one of Oregon’s foremost outdoor writers, naturalists and conservationists, died March 12, 2018, in Portland of congestive heart failure Monday. He was 91.

From 1953, when he began as a columnist and outdoor editor for the Oregon Journal, to 1992, when he retired from The Oregonian, Tom wrote about hunting, fishing, skiing, natural history and conservation, championing the causes that saved many of Oregon’s natural treasures. Everything he wrote, as one of many tributes received over his lifetime put it, was infused with “his tireless passion for the earth and the water and the air.”

Tom was born in Portland May 6, 1926, to Thomas Herbert McAllister Sr., a Portland dentist, and Winifred Layley McAllister.  He grew up in Laurelhurst, took a year-long Portland Public Schools Course called “Nature Study,” and began his lifelong romance with the natural world. He was just 12 when he joined the Audubon Society and learned to identify birds by following their calls, binoculars in hand.

In high school, Tom continued to explore the outdoors, serving as a fire lookout on Hager Mountain in the Fremont National Forest with views from Mt. Hood to Mt. Shasta, and as a volunteer naturalist at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

During his senior year at Grant High School he joined the Navy, going on active duty immediately after graduating in 1943. He helped set up a naval hospital at Camp Adair, near Corvallis. While on liberty in town he met Barbara Lou Butler, then an Oregon State College (now Oregon State University) student. He wrote to her continuously after shipping out for wartime service as a pharmacist’s mate in the Philippines.

After the war he enrolled at Oregon State College on the G.I. Bill. He married Barbara in 1948, beginning a partnership that would last until her death in 2015. While she was still an OSC junior, she and Tom began building a cabin that would become a favorite family gathering spot along the Metolius River.

During summers off from his OSC classes, Tom worked on a 12-mule pack team hauling fingerling trout to stock in Oregon’s high lakes. “I could look out over absolutely unbroken forest country mixed with mountain meadows,” he recalled of the experience that solidified his love for Oregon’s natural beauty. “There were no roads whatsoever; it was all de facto wilderness – a wilderness that covered the entire Cascade Mountains in Oregon.”

In 1950 Tom was one of the first OSC graduates with the new degree of fish and wildlife management, and went to work for the Oregon Game Commission, now the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In 1953 The Oregon Journal offered Tom what he called “the greatest opportunity of his lifetime,” a newly created position as outdoors editor. His column “Wide Open Spaces” ran – along with a winter skiing column – until the Journal merged with The Oregonian in 1982. Tom continued as an outdoor columnist at The Oregonian until he retired in 1992, closing out 39 years of full-time journalism. But “retirement” was an alien word to Tom.

He spent 15 years as a historian and naturalist for Linblad Expeditions cruises in Alaska and on the Columbia River. He eventually became the oldest member of the Oregon Audubon Society, and participated every year in the society’s Christmas Bird Count until he was 90.

Tom was a consummate storyteller, with nearly every observation he made wrapped in an enthralling narrative that captivated listeners and made it hard to break away. President Gerald Ford discovered that magnetic draw when he visited Emanuel Hospital in 1977 to dedicate a new wing. There he encountered Tom, bed-ridden after a car accident and recovering from life-threatening injuries. The two started talking hunting and fishing. The conversation ran on and Ford’s minders had conniption fits as the president’s carefully planned schedule dissolved under Tom McAllister’s storytelling spell.

Tom was no armchair naturalist. He plunged into conservation activism and outdoor adventures. Oregon Governor Tom McCall named him president of the committee that nominated Oregon rivers protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. He helped introduce chukar partridges, now one of Oregon’s favorite game birds, to the state. He was instrumental in the reintroduction of bighorn sheep from the breaks of the Fraser River in Canada back into the desert mountains of Oregon where they now thrive. He was the reporter who broke the story of the successful capture and release of sea otters threatened by Amchitka Island nuclear tests, restoring sea otter populations now thriving along the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia and Washington.

He was a founding member of the Flyfishers’ Club of Oregon, at one point serving as president of the club’s foundation and helping establish a renowned collection of angling literature now featured in the Rare Books Room at the Multnomah County Library. He was the first recipient of the club’s Meritorious Service Award, which is named in his honor.

Tom also was a member of the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Field Ornithologists, Oregon Duck Hunter’s Association and the Wildlife Society. He was a founding member of Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail Association, which worked to establish a designated route for kayakers, canoeists and other boaters touring the lower Columbia.

He served as a board member for the Oregon Parks Foundation, the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation and as chairman of the Isaak Walton League. A founding member of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Tom helped popularize fresh approaches to ecosystem conservation — private partnerships, conservation easements and land trusts.

orgeonamesbdlogoHe also left his mark on his beloved state during nearly 30 years as a member of the Oregon Geographic Names Board, where he also served as chairman. His guiding philosophy was to ensure Oregon names reflected the authentic history of the state, including the history of Native Americans. When he retired from OGNB, Malissa Minthorn and Bobbie Conner of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla referred to Tom as “Nuunim Laatiwaa” – “our friend” in the Cayuse/Nez Perce language. They described Tom as “a student of the universe – as the Creator made it, as nature has shaped it, and as man has manipulated it.”

“Every conversation with him,” they concluded, “is a rich experience.”

Tom is survived by his daughter, Victoria Lynn (Torrie) McAllister-Miller of Redwood City, Calif.; three sons, Thomas Scott McAllister of Juneau, Alaska, Michael Layley McAllister, of LaGrande, and David Douglas McAllister, of Portland; and six grandchildren.

Tom asked that contributions in his memory go to the Kilchis Point Reserve, a place dear to his heart since he discovered it as a boy. Donations earmarked for the preserve may go to the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Foundation, 2106 Second St., Tillamook OR. 97141. A memorial service on the Metolious River is planned for late May. Please sign the online guest book at http://www.oregonlive.com/obits.


5. Essential, Inherent Goodness

Question: If you could peel away all the outside stuff like behavior and pretending, do you believe human beings are basically good?

Certainly, there are some individuals in the world who think that people are essentially bad, and that goodness has to be pounded into us, more or less against our will. This attitude is a little hard to take, because most of us believe that we are, essentially and fundamentally, good. Just look at a baby – any baby in the world – if you want to test the idea.

Babies do not come into the world evil or resistant or fearful. Babies, given basic care and affection, are by nature happy little beings. This means that nearly all of us started out living in love and joy. Most of us live our lives with the best intentions, not the worst.

If you are not still living that way, it doesn’t mean you are bad. It means that somewhere along the way you were taught to expect less. You behaved accordingly, and less is what you got stuck with. But you don’t have to stay stuck. Change is possible. It happens every day, by people all over the world, and these people are no smarter or better or capable than you. The only difference is they made the decision to change.

Today and every day you have a choice to make: Do you want to be happy? Do you want to live a satisfying, productive, adventurous life?

If so, you can do it! Visualize it, affirm it in everything you do and say, and behave as if you already were! And you do not have to wait for a special day, like New Year’s Day, to begin. Start today, and then get ready for ever greater tomorrows! ~The Pacific Institute


6. Arizona Couple Killed in Crash Near Kent, Oregon


Oregon State Police:
On March 16, 2018, at approximately 2:18 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle, double fatal, crash reported near milepost 45 on US-97 in Sherman County, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2010 Mercedes station wagon, operated by Masiel Pete, age 58, from Maricopa, Arizona, was traveling southbound when he lost control on a slush covered roadway. Pete’s vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes where he sideswiped a blue 2016 Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle that was pulling a box trailer, operated by Cary William Pickner, age 51, from Eagle Creek, Oregon.

After sideswiping the commercial motor vehicle, Pete was struck broadside by a northbound black 2008 Nissan pickup, operated by Anthony Guerrero De La Paz, age 25, from Moses Lake, Washington. Pete and his right front passenger, identified as Debra Mary Grosbusch, age 50, also of Maricopa, Arizona, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Pickner, De La Paz, and De La Paz’s passenger, identified as Rachel Nicole Tapparo, age 20, from LA Verne, California, were transported via ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Oregon, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Speed and road conditions are being considered as possible contributing factors of the crash. The Oregon State Police was assisted by North Sherman Fire, South Sherman Fire, Sherman County Ambulance, and Oregon Department of Transportation.


 

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