Sherman County eNews #112


  1. Senator Jeff Merkley: Invitation to a Town Hall, May 5

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

  3. All-County Prayer Meeting, May 3

  4. Saturday Sports Scores from Elkhorn Media

  5. Letter to the Editor: Confidence in Joe Dabulskis, Man of Character

  6. Letter to the Editor: Why does Frontier TeleNet use contractors instead of employees?

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

1. Senator Jeff Merkley: Invitation to a Town Hall, May 5

American flag2Saturday, May 5, I am hosting a town hall at the Wasco School Events Center in Wasco. I invite all Sherman County residents to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and our nation. 
Also, if you are running into red tape accessing veterans’ benefits or dealing with Social Security or Medicare, or having trouble getting what you need from other federal agencies, I will have a constituent services worker on hand who may be able to help.

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

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017May’s Book Club book is The Identicals by Elin Eilderbrand.
Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha’s Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years. When a family crisis forces them to band together — or at least appear to — the twins slowly come to realize that the special bond that they share is more important than the sibling rivalry that’s driven them apart for the better part of their lives. A touching depiction of all the pleasures and annoyances of the sibling relationship, Elin Hilderbrand’s next New York Times bestseller, THE IDENTICALS proves once and for all that just because twins look exactly the same doesn’t mean they’re anything alike. To request a hold, please give us a call, email or stop by. Available in Large Print and Audio by request. The book club will meet Thursday, May 17 at 6pm.

Community Preschool Storytime – Every Tuesday at 10am
Join us for Preschool Storytime and crafts. Ages 0-6.

3. All-County Prayer Meeting, May 3

The All County Prayer Meeting is Thursday May 3rd @ the Kent Baptist Church,

Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there.

Thank You.

Red Gibbs

 4. Saturday Sports Scores from Elkhorn Media

Mac Hi 17, Baker 2
Mac Hi 9, Baker 1
Union 14, Heppner 1
Union 15, Heppner 5
Pilot Rock 18, Culver 1
Pilot Rock 23, Culver 2
Echo 17, Tri-Cities Prep 1
Echo 11, Tri-Cities Prep 0
#8 Southern Oregon 5, EOU 1
EOU 3, #8 Southern Oregon 2

Baker 7, Mac Hi 5
Baker 9, Mac Hi 5
Elgin 7, Union 1
Elgin 6, Union 1
Sherman 13, Dufur 3
Sherman 10, Dufur 0.

5. Letter to the Editor: Confidence in Joe Dabulskis, Man of Character

Dear Friends of Sherman County,

I am writing this letter in support of Joe Dabulskis, who is running for Sherman County Court Judge.  While serving as a County Commissioner, Joe has shown he is a man of character, and a leader. He has the ability to be a listener.  He has an open mind and can ask the hard questions.

He has enjoyed the challenge of being a part of a team that continues to move Sherman County forward. 

While serving in the Army National Guard, Joe became a Company Commander.  In the military it is important to be trustworthy.  You have to be someone who can be counted on to do the right thing, at the right place and at the right time.  Serving in the military prepared Joe for Service.  His service today includes his family, the land and serving the people of Sherman County. 

As a County Commissioner, Joe has worked at being a person who listens.  He has a desire to be a part of solving problems and has a passion for Sherman County.  He has the energy and enthusiasm to work hard and to serve.

I am confident that Joe Dabulskis is committed to continuing to serve the county.  He wants Sherman County’s success and with the many experiences he has had, he is ready to lead!

Patty Burnet


 6. Letter to the Editor: Why does Frontier TeleNet use contractors instead of employees?

To the Editor,

There has been some question as to why Frontier TeleNet uses contractors and not employees. The answer is simple. It’s significantly less expensive to use contractors.

With an employee; all taxes, benefits and other expenses are the responsibility of the employer. That makes the cost of employing someone significantly more than just the salary. If contractors are used, they are responsible for all taxes and their own benefits as well as all other expenses.

As a contractor for Frontier TeleNet I can tell you that roughly half of what I receive is used to pay State and Federal taxes.  Then all transportation, business supplies, insurance, computer, phone, Internet, healthcare, travel, lodging and any other expense are my responsibility.

For example: I was invited to a summit in Washington DC to discuss rural Internet. It was a great opportunity to highlight our system and our region. The flights, hotel, meals and other costs were just under $1000.00.  That was paid out of my pocket. I did it because that was the right thing to do and it is my job to represent Frontier TeleNet to the best of my ability.

I hope this provides some perspective as to the purpose of contractors as a way to control costs. This allows Frontier TeleNet to use more of its resources for the system instead of personnel.


Mike Smith


Frontier TeleNet

[Editorial Note: Mike Smith dba Connections LLC is the Executive Marketing Director for Frontier TeleNet, a tri-county telecommunications agency. His current compensation is $6,750/month. Sherman County provides an office. He is one of four candidates for Sherman County Judge.]

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

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My Eastern Oregon | Elkhorn Media Group | News

Wildflower wonderland at Dalles Mountain Ranch in the gorge

Author Jane Kirkpatrick | Facebook

Public-Sector Unions and the Founders’ Political Science

50 Essential Historical Fiction Books




Jobless claims fall to lowest level in 48 years



$46,654: Annual Cost of Detaining Illegal Alien Exceeds Average American Income

Dryer LintEater | Gardus, Inc.


Sherman County eNews #111


  1. Sherman County 4-H News Reports, Outdoor Cooking

  2. Preview Party for Sherman County Historical Museum, April 29

  3. Oregon Cultural Trust Offers New Technical Assistance Grants

  4. Stages of Development – Part 5

  5. Letter to the Editor: Support Mike Smith

  6. Letter to the Editor:  Response to Questions

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

1. Sherman County 4-H News Reports, Outdoor Cooking

4-H clover1The “Pans on Fire” outdoor cooking 4-H club met on Thursday April 18 at 3:45pm at Sherman Extension office.  Attending were Caiden, Josh, Cohen, Savanna, Coral, Allison and Annaliese.  Excused were Michael, Antone, Ben, Calvin.  Pledge of Allegiance by Caiden, 4-H Pledge by Savanna.  What we did:  had a talk about why kids like outdoor cooking.  We cooked with radiant heat last time with skewers and this time conduction heat with pans over coals.  We are cooking bacon, eggs and pancakes.  Our next meeting will be April 25.  Meeting adjourned at 5pm.  Submitted by Coral Mansfield, News Reporter.

The “Pans on Fire” outdoor cooking 4-H club met on Thursday, April 25 at 3:35pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Savanna, Annaliese, Allison, Josh, Cohen and Emma.  Excused were Caiden and Coral.  Pledge of Allegiance led by Josh, 4-H Pledge by Allison.  What we did during the meeting:  lit the charcoal fire, “acted out” radiant and conduction types of cooking, record books, cooked sausage and French toast.  Meeting adjourned at 5pm.  Submitted by Savanna Blagg, News Reporter.

2. Preview Party for Sherman County Historical Museum, April 29

Moro, OR – “From This Day Forward”: A Wedding Exhibit is the new exhibit at the Sherman County Historical Museum. The volunteers are so excited about our new exhibit that we will be having a Preview Event on Sunday, April 29th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum in Moro, Oregon, a “reception” with wedding cake and refreshments! Volunteers also invite the community to share their wedding photo to be displayed alongside wedding photos from our archives. Be part of history and be part of our photo display! Another reason to visit the museum is to see the creative work of the Sherman Elementary Students who are the local featured artists for the month of May.

May 1st is the official opening day of the museum and will be open every day from 10am to 5pm May 1st to October 31st.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

3. Oregon Cultural Trust Offers New Technical Assistance Grants

Working with its five Statewide Partners, the Cultural Trust is offering first-time Organizational and Professional Development Grants this spring. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis through June 30 until a $40,000 budget is met.

Open to all qualified cultural nonprofits and coalitions with budgets under $1 million, the grants are designed to support consulting or facilitation services and staff professional development opportunities.

The new grant program is in direct response to feedback from small cultural nonprofits and coalitions during statewide tours.

“We believe these small grants can make a huge difference in empowering cultural groups across the state,” says Trust Manager Aili Schreiner. “Providing the resources for them to bring in a fundraising specialist or to attend a marketing conference, for instance, could deliver results way beyond the value of the grants.”

The guidelines and application are posted here:

4. Stages of Development – Part 5

The final stage of development is Integrity. You know who you are, and do not require that everyone else be like you. The world doesn’t have to be the same color, religion, think the same way. Integrity knows that all humans are worthy, and deep inside we genuinely feel this to be true. We know that the true strength in the world is its diversity, that the differences make this a beautiful place to live.

When we have integrity, we know the personal values and the principles by which we guide our life. We live by this personal code of justice, honesty and knowing what is right. Sometimes, we are even willing to die for our values. A strong sense of integrity is when someone says, “I’m not going to steal, not because I’m afraid I’ll get caught, but because it’s just wrong.” No one needs to keep an eye on us, because we simply won’t cross the line from right to wrong.

We want to develop this sense of strength in living by our beliefs and our values. This is the ultimate in maturity. If we don’t achieve this step, along with the other seven, then this is why law enforcement is needed. Those folks who don’t live by an honest code wind up in prison for infringing upon the laws and rights of others. Police and corrections officers become the replacements for ineffective or misguided parents.

When we have integrity, we see order to the universe as opposed to disorder. Those without integrity tend to think that everything is bad and falling apart. If we were brought up in an atmosphere of chaos, trust never happened and identity was never solidified. Without trust, we never learned intimacy and sharing anything was “off the table.” Immaturity is now the norm.

At the very foundation of these eight stages is trust, and trust is simply the reliance on another person’s integrity. We rely on other people living up to their word. We can’t have trust if we live in a world where people won’t live by what they say, where justice is ignored, where laws are seen as things to be broken at will.

The good news is that at each level, if we missed it on our way to adulthood, we can go back and catch up what we missed. We are not stuck in immaturity. We do have the choice to take accountability and fix what is broken. Yes, it will take time. And yes, it will take commitment and work. But that’s what maturity is all about.

And each of us deserves to fully live the lives we’ve been given, lives of genuine contribution to the world. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Letter to the Editor: Support Mike Smith

To all Sherman County residents and voters,

I reach out to all of you and ask that you join me in acknowledging Mike Smith as a valued member of our community.  Mike, through his years of service to our communities has shown that he is an extremely knowledgable, dedicated and understanding man. Mike is also a candidate for Sherman County Judge.

In the last four years since I moved home to Sherman County, I have had the opportunity to watch Mike work.  From the first time I encountered Mike I was impressed with how friendly, approachable and forthright he was.  I have observed Mike as a Commissioner, as an Employee of Frontier Telnet, and as a citizen of Sherman County.  Mike has been positive, professional, and honorable in each setting.

Mike is a man who remains positive and solution based even when faced with continual adversity.  How many of us possess the ability to move forward, focused on problem solving and undeterred in doing the right thing even when it is made very difficult? I know that I can count on Mike to be there, doing the right thing for the county and all of it’s citizens through all of it.

Mike was not born here, but he has chosen to make this his home.  In doing so he has made our County and our community a much better, and a much better represented place.  Mike is exceedingly honest and transparent.  I have never once deviated from the belief that Mike, through his actions and presence is 100 percent committed to bettering our County as well as the regional community.

Mike is the person I can count on to hit the ground running with purpose and direction folks.  Mike is ready and anxious to do the job now, not after he figures it out.  I would trust him with any aspect of my life and my community.  Mike is my friend and I endorse him for County Judge.  Please make sure and vote, your vote does matter.

Solomon Jacobsen


6. Letter to the Editor:  Response to Questions

To the Editor:

The campaign for the Judge continues to build my deep respect and commitment to the County we all love. I greatly appreciate your enthusiasm and support.

At the debate last week I did my best to answer clearly and honestly. Every question cannot be asked at a single event. I continue to talk to voters at their doors or wherever I meet them. Some questions have come up and I would like to answer them directly.

First, “if you are elected Judge, will you still work for Frontier TeleNet?” The answer is “No”. Being Judge is more than a full time job and that is the only thing the Judge should do to serve properly.

Second, some people thought that I “owned the Internet” in Sherman County. To be clear, I am a contractor for Frontier TeleNet. It is owned by Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler County. It is owned by you, so I work for you. One of the missions of Frontier TeleNet is be a “middle-mile Internet provider” so Internet companies can serve our households. I wrote about these projects in my brochure: the fiber optic project from Wasco to Grass Valley and now the State grant for fiber from Wasco to Rufus. Also, the County owned wireless system that we received a National Technology Award for.

Recently, the State Police paid to connect to this system, our 911 began serving the Burns Paiute Tribe and four other counties are also considering to connect. Now, a company I’ve been working with for the last year wants to serve fiber to the home in our cities as well as work to increase wireless speeds outside the cities. There are any more exciting projects to come.

Again, I want to thank everyone I have spoken with for their support and I ask for your vote. I hope to speak with more of you before the election. Please feel free to call me at 541-306-1202 or email with questions, comments and suggestions.

Warmest Regards,

Mike Smith


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


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Oregon finds solutions for aging population with long-term care services and support

Student Confronts Pelosi: Actually, Tax Reform ‘Crumbs’ Are Helping My Family Put Me Through College=

Prager U.: What’s a Greater Leap of Faith: God or the Multiverse?

Commentary: Chipping Away at the Second Amendment

Commentary: The Decline of American Exceptionalism

Prager U.: Cops are the Good Guys


Sherman County eNews #110




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.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory Notes and Joyful News here. ~The Editor




JOYFULLY! Kristi and Todd Dickson, of Madras, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alden Ray Dickson, at 9:42 am on April 3, at St. Charles Bend. At birth, Alden weighed 5 pounds 15 ounces. He joins brother, Owen, 5 and sister, Eileen, 3.  The grandparents are Rick and Kathleen Danielson, of Grass Valley, and Dave and Melinda Dickson, of Antelope.



TRACK & FIELD EVENTS. Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members, Track and Field season is upon us once again. Sherman County High School Track and Field team will be hosting the annual Sherman County Invitational home meet on April 28, 2018 in Moro. Field events will start at 11:00 AM and Track events will begin at 1:00 PM. We are looking for parents, guardians, and community members to help us out once again by volunteering to run events throughout the day. Volunteer duties range from running the clipboard at a field event to measuring competitor’s jumps/throws.

It truly takes a whole community to run a track meet and we are grateful to have such a supporting community. The support from parents and community members in running this meet has been great over the years and we hope to continue the tradition this year. It takes a minimum of 30 volunteers to run our meet smoothly & efficiently. If you are willing to volunteer your time and assist with the meet, please contact the school. The more volunteers we have, the easier/quicker events will go, and we can rotate volunteers out so they can go watch their athletes compete.

Volunteers are needed for these events: Javelin (2-3), Shot Put (2-3), Discus (2-3), Boys Long & Triple Jump (2-3), Girls Long & Triple Jump (2-3), and Pole Vault (3).

As a way to give back and thank our volunteers, I will be ordering each volunteer a Sherman Invitational T-Shirt to wear on the meet day while they are assisting with the events. Please email your shirt size so I can get these ordered ASAP. If you are interested in volunteering your time please contact Audrey Rooney at 541-565-3500 or Please signify the event you are interested in volunteering for and your shirt size. It is my hope to get the T-shirts ordered by April 13th. Thank you in advance for your support,
~Carrie Somnis, Head Track Coach
Sherman County High School  4/27


ASSISTANT MAINTENANCE TECH. (Full-time Position) JOB DESCRIPTION GENERAL DUTIES: Under general supervision, the Assistant Maintenance Technician (AMT) shall perform unskilled and semi-skilled work in the following areas: construction and repair of sewer and water pipelines; operation of trucks and other power-driven equipment and tools; general maintenance of streets, parks and grounds; and other related work as required.
The AMT may be called upon to do any or all of the following:
A. Install and repair sewer mains and laterals;
B. Repair water lines and services;
C. Perform maintenance of manholes, storm drains, mains and laterals;
D. Operate power-driven equipment and hand tools as assigned;
E. Perform any of a variety of tasks involving physical strength and ability, such
as breaking pavement, concrete and earth, and digging holes and trenches;
F. Respond to and perform emergency repairs for water and sewer problems
that may include after-hour calls;
G. Perform general maintenance of streets, sidewalks, parks and buildings;
H. Perform other related work as required
(The examples listed above may not include all of the tasks which the AMT may be expected to perform).
A. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license, and remain insurable under
the laws of the State of Oregon;
B. Must have reasonable knowledge of the operation of trucks and other power-
driven equipment and tools.
C. Must have reasonable knowledge of work methods involved in a variety of
construction, maintenance and repair activities, most specifically in relation
to pipelines;
D. Must have the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions;
E. Must have the ability to work effectively with other employees;
F. Must have physical ability to perform heavy manual labor under all types of
weather conditions
A. Must have graduated from high school or have a G.E.D equivalent;
B. Must become familiar with streets, sewer lines and clean outs, and water lines
and hookups throughout the City.
Applications available at Wasco City Hall open Monday-Thursday 8:30-5. Job opening will close May 3rd, 2018.
Modifications may be made to this Job Description, and when so done and approved by the Council, will take effect upon written notification to employee(s). CITY OF WASCO, PO Box 26 1017 Clark St. Wasco OR 97065 – Ph. 541-442-5515 Fax 541-442-5001.  4/30

PETROLEUM DELIVERY DRIVER, HARVEST HELP. Mid Columbia Producers is now hiring for multiple positions.

  • Full Time Petroleum Delivery Driver– Moro, Oregon
  • Part Time Harvest Help – Various Locations
  • Full Time Harvest Help – Various Locations

For complete job descriptions please visit Applications are available for download at or be picked up at the main office in Moro. Please send cover letter, application and resume to: Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark, PO Box 344 Moro, OR 97039

Fax: (503)536-6875 PH: (541)565-2277

  Bank of Eastern Oregon is now hiring for a full-time Teller at our Moro branch; schedule Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Incumbent should have previous cash handling & customer service experience & be proficient in use of computers; previous banking experience a plus. Applicants may apply at, click on Career Opportunities link (towards bottom of Home page). Successful candidate must pass a pre-employment drug, credit, and background screening. Bank of Eastern Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Application closing date: 5-13-2018.  5/11


CITY OF MORO CITY-WIDE YARD SALE. Come hunt for bargains galore at the annual Moro City-Wide Yard Sale. Saturday May 05th and Sunday May 06th, 2018, when the entire town cleans out attics and basements and puts their best stuff up for sale! 5/4

UNIQUE HANDCRAFTED OUTDOOR FURNITURE, NOVELTY GITS AND FURNITURE REHABILITATION: Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 6/1

LOCAL CRAFTSMAN/ARTIST INVITES YOU to see us at the Central Oregon Builders Association Spring HOME & GARDEN SHOW, May 4-6, 2018 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.  Considerately Handcrafted furniture and novelty gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels and other local reclaimed materials.  Special orders available.  Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 5/4

PROPERTY IN GRASS VALLEY, OREGON. 15.5 acres on the edge of town. The property is buildable, fenced, has a well, power and existing garage. Build a home or place a manufactured home among the existing pine trees with plenty of room for a barn or shop, horses or other 4-H critters. Call or text Justin at 541-980-9386 for additional details. 5/18

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




SUMMERTIME….AND THE LIVING IS EASY!  OUTDOOR PROJECTS ABOUND!  Local Handyman/General Contractor/Equipment Operator.  Large and small projects. Indoors or Out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 6/8

THE LEAN-TO CAFÉ & GOOSE PIT SALOON.  Full-service Deli, Goose Pit Pulled Pork Sandwich, Wasco Whopper, Breakfast until 11, Pizza, Fresh Desserts, Oregon Lottery, Catering. 541-442-5709 in Historic Downtown Wasco. 6/1

EQUINE TRAIL & SORTING CLINICS. Equine Mania LLC Announces Summer Clinics. Don’t miss out of the fun! Great people, fabulous instructors & a dang good time!

–Cows and More Clinic with Mary Jane Brown May 12-13 $300, optional Friday session $75;

–Wheatacres Ranch Trail Challenge & Sorting June 23;

–Advanced Sorting Clinic with Kristi Siebert August 11-12 $300.


The Cows & More clinic has only one spot left so sign up now! Contact Carrie for more information: 541-980-7394.  5/4




LOCAL HOST FAMILIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS. Non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience. The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today! ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION, and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

2. CALENDAR (new or corrected)


1-30 National Distracted Driving Month

1-30 Sexual Assault Awareness month

1-30 National Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month

27-29 39th Annual Cherry Festival – The Dalles

28 Cherry Festival Parade 10 The Dalles

28 Agriculture Job Fair 12-6 Cherry Festival, The Dalles

28 Sherman County School Invitational Track & Field Meet

28 Tango at Maryhill 6 to 9 Maryhill Museum of Art

28-29 Oregon Ag Fest, Salem

29 Agriculture Job Fair 10-4 Cherry Festival, The Dalles

29 From This Day Forward: A Wedding Exhibit, Free Open House Preview 1-4 Sherman Historical Museum

29-May 1 Oregon Cattlemen’s Mid-Year Conference 503-361-8941 Sunriver

30 Sherman County Planning Commission Hearing 5:30 Steve Burnet Extension and Research Building

30 Sherman County School & Sheriff’s School Safety Presentation 6:30 Cafeteria


1 Moro City Council 7 City Hall

1 Sherman County Historical Museum Opens for the Season 10-5 daily

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman Elementary School Students

2 Gilliam County Museum Complex Opens for the Season

2 Sherman County Court & Biggs Service District Hearing 9 courthouse addition

2 Grass Valley City Council 7 City Hall

2 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

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

3 Sherman County Fair Board 7

3 National Day of Prayer

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.

3 North Central Education Service District 5:15

4 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR

4 Gorge Winds Concert Band 7 Hood River Middle School

5 Memorial Service for Delmar Eban Peake 2 Moro Presbyterian Church

5 County-wide Clean-up Day

5 Art Walk in Moro

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

5-6 City-Wide Yard Sale – City of Moro, Oregon

6 Gorge Winds Concert Band 3 Calvary Baptist Church, The Dalles

7 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-1 Rufus

8 Sherman County Watershed Council 8

8 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors 11-2 The Dalles

8 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

8 V-E Day Declared 1945

9 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30

10 Sherman Health District Budget Committee Meeting 6

12 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Popular Postwar Cars

13 Mother’s Day

13 Mother’s Day Free Admission for Mothers at Sherman County Historical Museum

13 Mother’s Day Free Admission for Mothers at Maryhill Museum of Art


15 Ballots due by 8pm. One stamp. Postmarks do not count.

15 Wheat College, Pasco, Washington

15 Wasco County Crop Tour

16 Sherman County Crop Tour

16 Sherman County Court 9

18 Frontier TeleNet Budget Committee 9 & Board Meeting 10 Fossil

19 Armed Forces Day

19 Members’ Appreciation Day at Maryhill Museum of Art

20 Oregon Tradeswomen’s Fair

24 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Budget Meeting 10 NORCOR

28 Memorial Day (observed)

28 Memorial Day Celebration & Parade in Wasco

28-31 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

29 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 11

30 Memorial Day 


1-30 Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families – Sherman Historical Museum

1-30 Sherman Co. Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman County Photography Club

2 Art Walk in Moro

2 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

4 Cascade Singers’ Spring Concert

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

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting

9 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Steam Cars, Hit & Miss Engines

9 Rose Festival Parade, Portland

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Experiment Station Field Day, Pendleton

13 Experiment Station Field Day, Moro

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee Meeting 12:30

14 Flag Day

15 The June Bugs Concert 6:30 & Artisans’ Market 4-7, Condon City Park

16-17 A-Town Throwdown: Kite, SUP & Windsurf Competition, Arlington

17 Father’s Day

17 Father’s Day Free Admission at Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

21 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Meeting & Budget Adoption 10

25 Korean War Began 1950

29 Home Run Derby, Condon

30-July 1 Harvester’s Classic Coed Soft Ball Tournament, Condon


Sherman County eNews #109


  1. Ballots are Coming…

  2. Letter to the Editor: Reflecting on a friendly debate

  3. Letter to the Editor: Why?

  4. Candidate Dabulskis Answers Questions

  5. North Central Education Service District Board Meeting Minutes, April 12

  6. Stages of Development – Part 4

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

1.Ballots are Coming…

Oregon.Flat.pole~ Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, State of Oregon

Ballots for the 2018 Primary Election are now in the mail, and here are answers to 10 of the most frequently asked questions from Oregonians about the election.

  1. If you believe you are registered to vote but have not received your ballot by May 4, call your local elections office.
  2. You can track your ballot at
  3. Ballots are due on May 15 by 8pm. Postmarks do not count (and you only need to use one stamp).
  4. Ballots can be returned by mail, at a drop box, or to your county election office. Find drop box locations at
  5. Every registered voter will receive a ballot for the May 15 election. Voters not affiliated with a political party, and those affiliated with a minor party (Constitution, Green, Libertarian, Progressive, Working Families) will be able to vote on non-partisan contests like judges, state Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner, and local offices. Voters affiliated with the Democratic, Independent, or Republican parties will be able to vote on the above non-partisan contests as well as select the party nominee for partisan offices like US Congress, Governor, and state legislature.
  6. If you registered to vote or changed your registration after April 1, you will likely receive two different ballot mailings. That is okay! It takes days to print and prepare over 2.6 million ballots, and your change may have come in after the process started. Return the second ballot which will be for your updated registration. Don’t worry, we know who was sent more than one ballot, and we’ll make sure only one is counted. If you return them both, we will only count the one for your current registration.
  7. You can now register to vote when you are 16 years of age, but you will not be able to vote until you are 18.
  8. The election process is open to the public. Anyone can come into their county elections office and observe the process of testing the equipment, verifying signatures, opening the ballot envelopes, counting the ballots, and witnessing a recount, if there is one. Contact your county elections officefor details.
  9. A security feature of vote by mail is that we compare the signature on every ballot envelope to the signature in the voter registration file. If signatures match, the ballot is counted. If the signatures doesn’t match, the ballot will not be counted and the voter will be notified.
  10. Specific instructions will be provided for nonmatching signatures. The instructions must be followed to have your ballot counted.

I want to reiterate the importance of voting in every election. Thank you in advance for fulfilling this important civic duty.

2. Letter to the Editor: Reflecting on a friendly debate

pencil.sharpTo the Editor:

The public discussion at the Wasco Annex the other night was a fun exercise in public participation. If I had been better prepared, or asked different questions, there are other statements I would have liked to make.

When discussing qualifications for a public office I think we need to start with the basics. The personal qualities of integrity, honesty, morality, loyalty, empathy are a good place to start. In regards to these qualities I think the citizens of Sherman Co. have some good choices. A good work ethic and the ability to place others needs in front of your own are also important. A perspective shaped by a broad spectrum of experiences allows the ability to see issues from another person’s point of view. Having the ability to look at both ends of the spectrum on an issue, and coming up with a solution that serves the best interest of the most people is an important qualification. A rudimentary understanding of how government works is also important. Trust, I think, is the key. I believe when it comes right down to it, we vote for that person we can trust to make the best decisions, with the best interest of the people in mind.

Trapping question: We do not trap indiscriminately. Trapping is done for the safety of people, pets, livestock, other species of wildlife. In general, we all believe in wildlife diversity. I personally get a lot of heat from other stock growers because I defend the presence of wolves…. a controlled presence.

Juvenile judge question: In high school I went to a street dance that turned into a street fight, was arrested, had to see the Judge. My Father accompanied me and explained that it was his fault, because he had set a bad example. Many kids today don’t have an advocate as I did. They need advocates, mentors, and all the professional help we can give them.

I’m asking the voters of Sherman County to put their trust in me. Give me the chance to lead this county into a promising future that will benefit everyone.


Fred Justesen

Grass Valley

3. Letter to the Editor: Why?

pencil.sharpTo the Editor and Sherman County Voters:

Regarding the recent candidate’s debate, I am very surprised that Mike Smith, candidate for county judge, did not mention his current $80,000/year contract as marketing director for Frontier TeleNet, our tri-county telecommunications agency. Eighteen months into the job, not a word about his achievements. Why?

Frontier TeleNet is not mentioned in his campaign flyer either. Why? This important fact is left out in order to mislead us. Why? What has he accomplished for Frontier TeleNet in those 18 months?  

Kenton Mathewson


4. Candidate Dabulskis Answers Questions

Wasco, OR. — Sherman County candidate for County Judge, Joe Dabulskis, was asked, “Joe, tell us more about yourself, your abilities, your leadership experience. Why should I vote for you?”

Dabulskis is currently a Sherman County Commissioner, a position he has learned to love. As part of his work in that position, he represents the county on 20-plus committees and boards and has enjoyed meeting and working with people, creating ideas and solving problems.

Joe stated, “This gives me a chance to thank you for electing me to serve Sherman County. Thank you.”

Joe and his wife Jeanne moved to Sherman County over 20 years ago to raise their children while farming on her family’s ranch, during which time Joe attended paramedic school in Beaverton. There he was asked to become a part-time instructor because of his ability to break things down and explain them.

Prior to moving to our county Joe worked in logging and farming, worked for Pendleton Flour Mills and sold real estate. He taught taxidermy at Blue Mountain Community College and was asked to travel to local high schools to teach as well.

He served in the Army National Guard, starting as a private, taking orders and doing what he was told, and ending as a Captain, leading soldiers. He served in Hood River as a private, a lieutenant-platoon leader, in Pendleton as an executive officer and in Baker City as the Company Commander, moving the company from a weak unit to the 2nd strongest in the state.

Dabulskis’ principles are based on 30 years of these experiences. He explains, “They taught me to do what is right, that my actions speak louder than words, to listen, keep an open mind, and ask questions. To be humble, give credit where credit is due, be firm when I must but not afraid to give. To stay focused, work hard and KISS — Keep It Straight and Simple. Honesty, honesty, honesty and to always lead by example.”

“These are the reasons you should vote for me, Joe Dabulskis, to be your next Sherman County Judge.”

5. North Central Education Service District Board Meeting Minutes, April 12



The North Central ESD Board of Directors met in regular session in the NCESD Conference Room,

Thursday, April 12, 2018.


P—Sarah Rucker, Chair-June 2021

P—Geremy Shull, V. Chair-June 2021

P—Jim Doherty-June 2021

P—Kristen Neuberger-June 2019

P—Amy Derby -June 2019

P—Jeff Schott -June 2021

P—Greg Greenwood -June 2019 – via phone                     

P—Penny Grotting, Superintendent

P—Kim Domenighini, Bus. Mgr.


Stacy Shown

Kalie Rolfe

Rinda Montgomery

Sarah declared to go into executive session 192.660 (2)(i)  5:15 pm,

Sarah declared to go out of executive session 192.660 (2)(i) 6:00 pm


Sarah opened the Board Meeting at 6:05 p.m.

Public Input: None

Glen Kearns, Accuity presented the 2016-17 audit to the board. Glen highlighted points of the audit and stated that the ESD is doing well.



The minutes & fiscal receipts from the March 1, 2018 regular board meeting were distributed for review via email April 3, 2018.

Motion—Greg, seconded Jim, to approve the minutes and fiscal receipts.

VOTING—Unanimously approved.



  • Penny explained that Mitchell School District’s Superintendent and Admin. Asst. have resigned as of June 30, 2018 and they are in the process of hiring a new superintendent. The business office will be assisting with additional fiscal services (Student Body, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Board Secretary) through the remainder of the school year.
  • Kalie Rolfe, Stacy Shown, and Rinda Montgomery have been working hard to assist with Sherman School District SPED teacher to complete many IEPs and other tasks that are needed.
  • Measure 98 applications for 2018-19 have been completed. Penny put together a conference with ODE to assist the superintendents to complete the applications.
  • Penny is setting up three interviews to hire an OPK Program Coordinator in the next week.
  • Penny updated the board on Mitchell School District potential two new schools. The two new schools may increase work load and potential income.



  • Geremy Shull has moved to Wasco and is not in Zone 4 to be a board member of North Central ESD. We will need to advertise in Moro, Grass Valley and Kent for potential new board members. Geremy will send a resignation letter.


  • The board would like to table the superintendent evaluation until the May 3rd board meeting. They would like to have an executive session at 5:00 until 5:15 to go over Penny’s evaluation with her.


  • The board will have a meeting on June 7, 2018 to dissolve the account.


Next meeting: May 3, 2018 5:15pm

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.


SARAH RUCKER, CHAIR                                KIM DOMENGIHINI, BUS. MGR.

6. Stages of Development – Part 4

Are you starting to recognize these stages, or steps, in the people you work with, live with, lead on a daily basis? And in this recognition, are you discovering ways of helping these folks to back and pick up the pieces they missed? Today, we are going to discuss Psychological Intimacy and Generativity.

Psychological Intimacy is being able to share how we feel with others. We do this in order to develop deep relationships with others – friends, spouses. We share our innermost thoughts and feelings. If we didn’t successfully navigate Identity, we are always worried about what people will say or think about us. If this is the case, we don’t share who we are, and we only say what we think they want us to say. True intimacy is next to impossible.

Remember back at the beginning of this series, when we talked about trust, if we didn’t acquire that sense of trust, that it showed up later in life. Without that sense of trust, establishing deep relationships becomes difficult. And if we do not establish intimacy, then we develop isolation instead. We back off and hold ourselves apart from the rest of the world, thinking we don’t need anyone else. It is easy to slip into loneliness and depression.

When we hold ourselves apart, isolated, then Generativity does not happen. Generativity is our willingness to give everything we have, if we need to. We give our advice, our knowledge, our wisdom – and we don’t want anything in return. We give our love without reservation or expectation of return. Generativity is the key to being truly happy inside.

If we don’t master this stage of generativity, we feel stagnant. We feel dull, without purpose. Days pass without real value, so we fill them with things. We could have all the money in the world, but we are empty, poor inside. The true richness of life comes from giving.

When we get down to the qualities that we most admire and respect, we find them in those people we’ve known throughout our lives. These are the folks who have gone out of their way for us, without wanting anything for it. And why? Because they got fulfillment, joy and happiness – things that money cannot buy. And this is where we want to get to ourselves, on our way to the final maturity step on the ladder. ~The Pacific Institute

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

bird.owl3Understanding the Hidden $1.1 Trillion Welfare System and How to Reform It

Ocean Shipping Map

The Outlines of Continents Can Be Visualized by Shipping Routes

Watch Your Language, No Oxford Comma in Newspaper Style

Poll: The Public, the Political System and American Democracy


Sherman County eNews #108


  1. Editorial Policies: News Releases & Letters to the Editor

  2. City of Moro City-Wide Yard Sale, May 5-6

  3. Sherman County Court April 4 Approved Minutes Online

  4. Notice. Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Special Meeting, April 26

  5. Sheri Sharp Among New Columbia Gorge CASA Volunteers

  6. Stages of Development – Part 3

  7. EOCCO Community Health Assessment Focus Group Participation

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

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.” —John Adams (1756)

1. Editorial Policies: News Releases & Letters to the Editor

NEWS RELEASES. Please submit event and information news, meeting notices and calendar dates by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how & why with contact or source information. As appropriate, follow up with news of event results. Links are welcome. Text, please; no posters or flyers. Keep it relevant, no longer than 350 words.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. We encourage letters to the Editor that focus on ideas and opinions about public issues and events rather than personalities or private matters. We reserve the right to change policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.

  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant; focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page.

2. City of Moro City-Wide Yard Sale, May 5-6

Come hunt for bargains galore at the annual Moro City Wide Yard Sale. Saturday May 05th and Sunday May 06th, 2018, when the entire town cleans out attics and basements and puts their best stuff up for sale!

3. Sherman County Court April 4 Approved Minutes Online

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the April 4, 2018, regular session are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

~ Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant


 4. Notice. Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District Special Meeting, April 26

The Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding a special meeting on Thursday April 26th, at 9:00 am, at the USDA Service Center Office, at 302 Scott Street in Moro, Oregon 97039. The board will discuss employee evaluations.

Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District


April 26, 2018

9:00 AM

Old Moro Elementary School

302 Scott St. Moro, OR 97039

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Employee Evaluations
    1. Executive Session may be called in accordance with ORS 192.690(i) and 192.660(8) to review and evaluate the performance of an employee(s).
  • Other Business
  1. Adjournment

5. Sheri Sharp Among New Columbia Gorge CASA Volunteers

Hood River, OR – Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is pleased to introduce their newest child advocates: Martine Geeraert, Hood River; Patty Hyde, The Dalles; Katie Layne, White Salmon; Sheri Sharp, Grass Valley; and Corrie Smith, Hood River.  The group was sworn into duty by the Honorable Janet L. Stauffer in The Dalles on April 18, 2018, after completing 32 hours of training.  Prior to leading the CASA oath Judge Stauffer, a former CASA volunteer prior to election to the bench, described a few of her life experiences and shared some of the aspects CASAs have brought to her courtroom in support of children.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for children in the foster care system; they make sure that children receive needed services, that timelines are met so that children don’t get lost in overburdened legal and social service systems, and that they are placed in permanent, loving homes as soon as possible.  CASAs are in a unique position, as a legal party, to advocate for the best interests of children’s lives while in foster care.  Judges rely on the comprehensive and informed information provided by CASA volunteers. CASAs have tremendous privilege and responsibility to have a positive impact in a child’s case. 

Last year, more than 76,000 CASA volunteers helped more than 251,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training and independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA/GAL volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care.

Columbia Gorge CASA serves children in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties; advocates serve children in care so that they might have the chance to live and develop in a safe, nurturing environment.  Volunteers receive 32 hours of pre-service training using the National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum.  New advocate training sessions will begin in fall, 2018.  If you are interested in learning more about the CASA program please contact Michelle Mayfield, Training Coordinator, or Susan Baldwin, Volunteer Manager, at 541-386-3468.

6. Stages of Development – Part 3

In our series on Erikson’s 8 Stages of Development, today we consider Industry (aka Accomplishment) and Identity.

A sense of accomplishment is an interesting step, and very important to master. If we don’t own that sense of accomplishment, then we develop feelings of inferiority. We are never good enough, no matter what we try. Our self-image takes a hit just as it begins to develop, and our self-esteem is low. Between the ages of about six to 12, we need to feel that we are good at or for something.

Scouting understood this early on, when they instituted badges for learning and mastering skills. The badge became the proof of accomplishment. Teachers do the same thing by helping students master taking care of fish or plants, do science projects that help move children along the path to amassing things they are good at.

If we don’t master this step of accomplishment, when it comes time to go to college or get a job, we don’t feel we have anything to offer. “I’m not good at anything.” We have no confidence in our ability to learn anything new or get a job – any job. This will continue into adulthood, until we decide to change it.

The teen years are marked by the need to have an Identity. Unfortunately, in the world today, we are known more for what we do, rather than who we are. Thus, the need for identity shows itself in getting the world to “look at me!” We need attention. If we can’t get the world to look at us in a positive way, for the contributions we make, then we will go after negative attention. It’s the attention we want.

It is also at this stage that we try on different personalities to see how we “fit in” with the world around us. We are a bit like chameleons, changing “colors” and acting out parts in the play that becomes our life. Eventually, we finish wondering and settle into who we are. If we don’t fully establish our identities at this stage, identity crises are likely to happen later, causing a ripple effect with later stages of maturity. Are we finished growing? No. But we have settled on the fundamentals of our personality.

Also, at this stage, it is important that we come to understand the difference between getting attention and getting respect. Going from attention to respect is the benchmark of maturing through the Identity stage. If this step isn’t transitioned, then we find people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s still being shallow, getting attention for things that have no value. They are mentally unhealthy, because they’ve missed this vital step. ~The Pacific Institute

7. EOCCO Community Health Assessment Focus Group Participation

The Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO), is working with community partners across the Eastern Oregon region, to complete a Community Health Assessment in 2018-2019. As part of the assessment, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health (GOBHI) will be conducting twenty-four focus groups across the 12 counties of the EOCCO. Focus groups will begin in Mid April -May 2018 and should last about 90 minutes. Participants will receive a $25 gift card as a thank you for their time.

We need your help! Recruitment of participants is vital to the success of the focus groups. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in a focus group, you can sign up or suggest someone using the link below. English and Spanish speaking groups will be conducted, please note the primary language listed. You will be contacted by a GOBHI staff member with further details if you are selected to participate.

When you suggest a name we’d like an e-mail and phone number as well as a drop down selection of what sector they might represent.  When you suggest a name and hit submit, they will receive the following e-mail message.

“You have been recommended by a member of your community as a thought leader and to participate in a focus group for the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization’s Community Health Assessment. Focus groups will be conducted April-June 2018 and should last about 90 minutes. Participants will receive a $25 gift card as a thank you for their time. You will be contacted by a Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc (GOBHI) staff member with further details if you are selected to participate.”

Please feel free to share this link with anyone who may be interested! This sign-up will close on May 31st 2018.

Janette Mitchell

EOCCO Support Specialist

(541) 705-4864

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


High Paying Jobs Go Begging While High School Grads Line Up for Bachelors Degrees


Oregon teacher salaries average $62K, above U.S. average

A $76,000 Monthly Pension: Why States and Cities Are Short on Cash

Search engine manipulation effect (SEME) and its possible impact on the outcomes of elections

The Federal Register, the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, executive orders, presidential documents


Sherman County eNews #107


  1. CORRECTION! Editorial: Inviting Candidates’ Visions for Getting Frontier TeleNet Back on Track

  2. Sherman County 4-H News – Swine, Cooking, Leadership

  3. Sherman County School’s Spring Issue #6 The Husky Times

  4. Stages of Development – Part 2

  5. New Medicare Cards Are Coming: What Beneficiaries Need to Know

  6. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Approved March Meeting Minutes

1. CORRECTION! Editorial: Inviting Candidates’ Visions for Getting Frontier TeleNet Back on Track

Sherman County eNews offers an opportunity for Sherman County’s four candidates for the position of county judge to submit to eNews in 350 words or less their vision and solutions for Frontier TeleNet problems. Deadline: Monday, April 30th at 5 p.m.

Readers will recall Frontier TeleNet meeting minutes and editorial concerns posted here. A three-county partnership, Frontier TeleNet provides telecommunications services. The governing board members are the Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler county judges.

Responses received by the deadline will be posted together to eNews the first week of May.

2. Sherman County 4-H News – Swine, Cooking, Leadership 

pig.chicken.The Sherman County Swine Club met on April 22nd at 5:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by Cadence Smith. The 4-h and Pledge of Allegiance were led by Austin. The last meetings minutes were approved by all members with a motion made by Addison Smith and Ellery Bish seconded. The people attending were Cadence, Addie, Ellery, Allison, Austin, Lexi, Clayton, and Bailey. We talked about a community service project and we decided to have a flour pot to care for at the Sherman County Fairgrounds. We decided to buy club shirts for barn duty and we took a pop quiz on ear notching.  After that we practiced showmanship with beach balls. We also had to decide on a presentation subject. The meeting was adjourned at 6:04 p.m. –By Bailey Coelsch

food.cookwareThe Tiny Teaspoons 4-H Cooking Club met on April 21, 2018 at 3pm at the Cranston House. Attending were Maddie, Savannah, Coral, Zach, Pyeper and Claire. Excused absences were Addison and Tierra. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Claire and 4-H Pledge led by Savannah. Today we made foods from Italy. We made eggplant parmesan and chicken parmesan. To top it all off we made lemon and blood orange cheesecake. We learned how to chop with knives and we also made our own sauce. We learned the skills of grating cheese and peeling garlic. Finally we had to clean up. Our next meeting will be May 19th from 4-6pm. Meeting was adjourned at 5:30. Signed Pyeper Walker.

4-H clover1The 4-H Leadership Team met on April 22 at 3pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were Emma, Melanie, Mercedez, Liberty and Cadence.  Excused were Tyler, Patrick, Joey.  Pledge of Allegiance by Melanie, 4-H Pledge by Mercedez.  We did a question ice breaker game.  Went through some leadership modules:  making a good impression and defining yourself as a leader.  We talked about CIT applications, 4-H camp, and the 4-H Summer Conference.  Next meeting in May.  Meeting adjourned at 4:35pm.  Signed Emma Robbins, News Reporter. 

3. Sherman County School’s Spring Issue #6 The Husky Times

Read all about it here:

4. Stages of Development – Part 2

Continuing on with our series, today we are going to cover Stages Two and Three in Erik Erikson’s Stages of Development: Autonomy (aka Independence) and Initiative.

Between the ages of one and three, most children start to want their independence. They like life and want more of it. They are into and trying everything they can get their hands on, and once they discover how their legs work, they are off and running. Now, you may think you have a problem child, but what you really have is a healthy one.

Yes, it’s a bit frustrating to hear “No!” in response to requests to behave, or to have perfectly decent food spit back out at you when you are trying to get them to eat. What children want at this stage is to make choices on their own. Now, do they understand the world of choices? No. What you want to do is provide them with a couple (or three) choices and let them choose. You get what you want, helping them along the maturity path, and they get to feel independent.

It’s the child that sits still and is afraid to try who gets stuck on this second rung. You want them to work toward independence, otherwise you have adults who cannot make decisions on their own. They are constantly asking others to choose for them, sometimes from fear of making a mistake. Remember, as an adult, these folks have the opportunity to go back and fix the past.

From the ages of about four to six, a child’s imagination starts to come into play. They are testing out a wider world, using their initiative. You want to encourage this, even if they imagine things they are afraid of. This is the time to work through those irrational fears of the dark, or something hiding under the bed. Children may create imaginary friends to help them cope, and that’s OK at age 6. If they are still doing it at age 26, then there’s a problem.

If you are running into people who don’t seem very creative or imaginative, they may have had “chains” put on their imaginations by parents who didn’t appreciate purple-colored trees or spotted “blog monsters” in the coloring book. If they were scolded, they interpreted their wild imaginations as bad things and now refuse to let their creativity express itself.

Children gradually come out of this world of imagination and into the world of reality. That’s healthy. If they don’t, then it’s a measure of maturity in handling these stages. If a sense of trust is never developed, then independence is not attained. And if independence is missing, the imagination doesn’t function correctly, either. Each following stage, or step, is negatively impacted, as well. ~The Pacific Institute

5. New Medicare Cards Are Coming: What Beneficiaries Need to Know

(Salem) – Oregonians with Medicare coverage will be issued a new card from the federal government by the end of June. Each person’s new card will have a unique Medicare number, instead of a Social Security number, to prevent fraud and identity theft. Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will automatically mail the new cards, at no cost, to each beneficiary’s address on file with Social Security. 

Here’s what Oregonians on Medicare can expect, and what they should know:
•    Make sure Social Security has your current address. You can update your address online by signing in to or creating a “my Social Security” account at 
•    Don’t worry if you get your new card before or after friends or family members here in Oregon or in other states. The cards are being sent on a variety of dates to prevent mail theft.
•    When your new Medicare card arrives, destroy the old one. Do it in a secure manner, such as shredding it.
•    Doctors, other health care providers, and plans approved by Medicare know that Medicare is replacing the old cards. They should be ready to accept your new card when you need care.
•    Even people with a Medicare plan through a private insurance company, also known as a Medicare Advantage plan, will get a new Medicare card from the federal government. Keep it in a safe place, but continue to use the member card your insurance company sent you. 
•    Beware of people contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking you for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. Protect your Medicare number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers. Remember, Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.

More information is available at Oregonians also can contact the state’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program with questions. SHIBA’s phone number is 1-800-722-4134 (toll-free), and the line is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 6. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Approved March Meeting Minutes


MARCH 16, 2018

The regular meeting of the Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors called to order by Chairman Judge Steve Shaffer at 10:10 AM.  This meeting held in the conference room of the OSU Extension Office, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro, Oregon.

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

Also Present:  Ruben Cleaveland, Frontier TeleNet Attorney, Dale Scobert, City of Condon, Joe Dabulskis, Sherman County Commissioner, Brad Lohrey, Sherman County Sheriff, Tom McCoy, Sherman County Commissioner, Rob Myers, Mike Smith and Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet Staff.

Minutes:  Minutes of February 16, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting Reviewed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve minutes with the correction of Joe Dabulskis name.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Minutes of February 16, 2018 Planning Meeting reviewed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve minutes as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Financials:  Financial Report for February 2018 reviewed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve financial recap as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Resolution No. 3/16/2018-01:  Jeanne Burch explained to Directors that a resolution to move funds was necessary to comply with Oregon Budget Law.  Moved by Gary Thompson, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve Resolution No. 3/16/2018-01, a resolution to transfer funds in the following amounts in the Frontier TeleNet Budget: 

         Account No. 516, Miscellaneous add $10,000.00

         Account No. 513, Bandwidth Expense add $50,000.00

         Account No. 520, Personal Services add $30,000.00

         Account No. 5010, Contingency deduct $90,000.00

Motion carried with all present voting aye.

IT and System Updates and Progress Report:  Mike Smith, made the following report regarding IT and Systems Items: Day Wireless System provided this report.

  1. Sherman County Courthouse: Working on the wiring for Sherman County Courthouse.
  2. Old Sherman County Drangonwave Link Failure. This line was a backup and has been decommissioned.
  3. Wheeler County Wireless Phase II: Parts are arriving and FCC License in process.  Need FCC License to proceed with the installation
  4. Testing Microwave in Wheeler County for Spray.
  5. Kent Generator: Installed and testing generator.
  6. New Frontier TeleNet Office: This office has no internet.  Mike will talk to Sherman County about installation.
  7. The original Day Wireless Report is attached to the printed copy in the Frontier TeleNet Minutes Notebook.

Business and Marketing Report:  Mike Smith presented the following report on business and marketing:

  1. Introduced Ruben Cleaveland with Annala, Carey, Thompson, Vankoten & Cleaveland who will be the attorney taking over for Will Carey on Frontier TeleNet legal affairs. Steve Shaffer asked Mike Smith to work on a new contract with Annala, Carey, Thompson, Vankoten & Cleaveland with the passing of Attorney Will Carey.
  2. Grant County PSAP: An offer has been received to provide Grant County with 911 Dispatch   A 911 Board Working Group has been organized and Lynn Morley serves on this board. A report will be presented at the April 2018 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting on the progress of this project.
  3. Frontier TeleNet and 911 Center: An extensive conversation was held regarding what does Frontier TeleNet get from the 911 Center.   Mike Smith replied that each county receives public emergency services for police, ambulance and other services as needed.  The need for a reasonable payment from Frontier Regional 911 to Frontier TeleNet was discussed and this will be presented at the Frontier Regional 911 Budget Meeting.
  4. An IT Work Group is being formed for the services to Mid-Columbia Economic District. Frontier TeleNet is available for this project.
  5. Working with Wasco County on an agreement for the Suefort Hill Location. This is an excellent location for Frontier TeleNet to work toward the west.  This location served NORCOR in the past.
  6. Worked on assessment of Eakin Elevator south of Grass Valley to see if it can serve as a Frontier TeleNet Site.
  7. A Teleco has made a proposal to serve Wheeler County but wants to trade for services. No discussion by the Board on this item.
  8. Working with Attorney Jim Deason on the Sherman County Project with the State of Oregon. The State of Oregon wants Sherman County to own the project.
  9. Met with Wheatland Insurance Agent to be sure Frontier TeleNet equipment is adequately covered.
  10. Working with Umatilla Morrow Radio District and Motorola.
  11. Worked on National Interoperability Channel Survey for the State of Oregon.
  12. Attended Sherman County Radio Users Group in Sherman County and Gilliam County. Need better radio coverage to the hospital in The Dalles for Gilliam County. Gilliam County is interested in a 700-pager demonstration that will happen next month.
  13. Grant to Microsoft for non-line of site equipment has made it to the next round. This will benefit hard to reach areas. Also a grant has been written for Sherman County use.
  14. Frontier TeleNet office is furnished and up and running.
  15. Zayo Network has been disconnected from the system as it is not needed.
  16. The website is progressing.

The written report from Mike Smith is attached to these minutes in Frontier TeleNet Minute Notebook.

Other Items for the Good of the Order:

  1. Gary Thompson stated that since a new water system is going in at Biggs, this would be a good time to install fiber in the open trench. The answer was yes, and Mike Smith will follow up on this project.
  2. Eakin Elevator: There is a possibility of a truck stop going in at this site and high-speed internet will be needed.  Mike Smith replied that Kent has high-speed internet that can reach this site.  Also, a grant has been written to connect Qlife to Maupin.
  3. Mike also reported that Temp-Rite has renewed their maintenance agreement.

Public Input/Comment: 

  1. Dale Scobert inquired about the Cottonwood Canyon Park and progress being made. Mike Smith replied that equipment is here and ready to be installed.  Hope to have everything operating by summer.
  2. Joe Dabulskis reported that the Moro Library and the SWCD are interested in internet service. Mike Smith will follow up on these items.

Next Meeting:  April 20, 2018 at the Gilliam County Courthouse in Condon, Oregon.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:40 AM.

Respectfully Submitted:


Jeanne E. Burch

Frontier TeleNet Staff

Approved:  _____________________



Sherman County eNews #106


  1. Editorial. Inviting Candidates’ Visions for Getting Frontier TeleNet Back on Track

  2. Justesen Announces Candidacy for Sherman County Judge

  3. Mobile Farmers Market: Sherman County Schedule

  4. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Middle School Track

  5. Notice. Sherman County Court & Biggs Service District Hearing, May 2

  6. Stages of Development – Part 1

  7. Vehicles Hauling Boats Must Stop at Boat Inspection Stations in Oregon

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

1. Editorial. Inviting Candidates’ Visions for Getting Frontier TeleNet Back on Track

pencil.spiralSherman County eNews offers an opportunity for Sherman County’s four candidates for the position of county judge to submit to eNews in 350 words or less their vision and solutions for Frontier TeleNet problems. Deadline: Monday, April 5th at 5 p.m.

Readers will recall Frontier TeleNet meeting minutes and editorial concerns previously posted here. A three-county partnership, Frontier TeleNet provides telecommunications services. The governing board members are the Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler county judges.

Responses received by the deadline will be posted together to eNews the first week of May.

2. Justesen Announces Candidacy for Sherman County Judge

Fred Justesen announced his candidacy for Sherman County Judge. He is 68, married, with 4 children, 3 grandchildren, and has lived in Sherman County for 54 years.

Education: Graduated SHS – 68, Bachelor of Science degree from OSU. – 72; Previously held Oregon real estate license.

Occupation: Agriculturalist – Wheat, organic barley, cattle, horses, irrigated pasture, hay, industrial hemp, timber.

Outdoor recreation co-ordinator –  involved in big game hunting, fishing, water fowl, upland game birds, farm tours, cattle drives, trail rides.

Event co-ordinator –  involved in art and music festivals hosted on Justesen property in Sherman and Wasco Co.

Vacation rental co-ordinator – Airbnb, etc.

Conservationist – Participates in a multitude of conservation practices mitigating concerns with soil, water, air, fish and wildlife, fossil fuel.

Public positions: Sherman County Fair board member for nearly 2 decades; S. Wasco County economic development advisory board – 3 years.

Places resided: Wamic and Tygh Valley, Oregon; Cache Creek and Merritt, B.C.; Richland, Washington; and Kent and Grass Valley, Oregon.


Other interesting facts:

District marble Champion – Merritt, B.C.

All-star hockey team 8th grade -Merritt, B.C.

4 year letterman SHS – wrestling, football, baseball, track

4-H, FFA – Chapter President and Vice President, Star farmer award, sophomore class President

Instrumental in starting kids wrestling program in Sherman Co.

Instrumental in starting high school wrestling program in SHS

Volunteer wrestling coach 10 years.

Other paid occupations: Cowboy – Nicola Lake Cattle Co. – B.C.; Dish washer – Jack’s Fine Foods – Biggs Junction; Breakfast cook and Janitor – OSU.

3. Mobile Farmers Market: Sherman County Schedule

Gorge Grown’s Mobile Farmers Market will be in Sherman County every 1st Saturday starting May 5th with a van full of fresh 100% locally grown fruit and veggies.

Our Schedule is:
Moro – First Saturdays 10am-1pm at the Sherman Co. Farmers Market & Art Walk

Wasco – First Saturdays 2-4pm at the Wasco Depot

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Silvan Shawe at or 808-419-1016.

4. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Middle School Track

sport.trackSherman Middle School Track

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – MS Track at Trout Lake starting at 4:00, departure time has changed to 1:00 with class dismissal at 12:50.

Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School           

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

 5. Notice. Sherman County Court & Biggs Service District Hearing, May 2

The Biggs Service District will hold a hearing during County Court on May 2nd at 9am at Sherman County Courthouse at 500 Court Street in Moro, Oregon 97039 to provide information to the public regarding the Service District’s application to USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Water Disposal Loan and Grant Program to develop a community water system in Biggs Junction. The application for water system development will be in the amount of $1,672,900 with a total project cost of $2,184,900. Contact Aaron Cook at Biggs Service District (541-739-2321) with any questions. 

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6. Stages of Development – Part 1

At one time or another, we’ve probably heard, “You’re acting immature,” or even worse, “Grow up!” from those who know us well. However, how many of us truly understand what it is to be “grown up” or “mature”?

During the mid-20th Century, a gentleman by the name of Erik Erikson came out with his Theory of Psychosocial Development. In it he categorized eight steps that need to be taken, in order to become a fully functional adult. This week, we are going to look at those eight steps, or stages, of human development. For anyone in a leadership position of any nature, understanding these stages is vital to your success in working with and leading others.

As we go through these stages, throughout this coming week, it might help to think of them as widely-placed steps on a ladder. We must be able to handle the first one, before we go on to the next, and we cannot skip steps. If we don’t handle each step well, then personality disorders develop. We act immature for that stage. Now, it does not mean we are stuck at that level forever. We can go back and re-do, or bolster, those characteristics inside ourselves. Those characteristics are prime targets for affirmations to help us grow into each next step.

So, let’s begin. The first stage is Trust. Trust develops in our first year of life. For those who have raised, or are raising children now, you know how important it is for you to teach your child that the world is a good place. You are loved and cared for, consistently. When you are hungry, they feed you and will feed you every time you are hungry. You trust in the human-to-human contact of being held and your needs being met.

If attention is not paid, the child quickly learns to mistrust the world. They withdraw. In infants, this can result in skin rashes or respiratory problems, and also results in stunting of physical growth. At the far end of the spectrum, death can occur. Infants need tender, loving care, and that very human touch.

For someone who did not receive this tender, loving care, as they grow into adulthood, they come off as cold and aloof. They may seem shallow or egotistical. They build walls around themselves and have difficulty creating and sustaining loving relationships with other adults. These folks have real challenges working with others.

Love, affection and genuine care are so powerful in those early months of life – and if they are missing now, we can go back and find them, add them to the total of who we are. It will take a bit of time and work, but the rewards are beyond value. ~The Pacific Institute

 7. Vehicles Hauling Boats Must Stop at Boat Inspection Stations in Oregon

Oregon.Flat.poleMonday, April 16, 2018

SALEM, Ore – Boating season is starting and people hauling both motorized and non-motorized boats must stop at watercraft inspection stations opening around Oregon next week. Large orange “Boat Inspection Ahead” signs followed by “Inspection Required for All Watercraft” alert motorists.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife inspection stations in Ashland and Ontario are now open year-round. Stations open today in Brookings, Klamath Falls, and Umatilla while stations in Lakeview and Burns open in May. Although Lakeview and Burns are not expected to be busy stations, they have an important role in intercepting boats coming from quagga-infested Lake Mead in Nevada.

Inspecting boats coming into Oregon has proven effective so far in keeping aquatic invasive species including mussels, snails and plants out of the state. Rick Boatner, ODFW Invasive Species Coordinator says it’s extremely important people stop at these stations and get their boats inspected.

“It’s our first line of defense in keeping aquatic invasive species such as mussels, plants and snails out of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest,” Boatner said. “It takes just five to 10 minutes in most cases. You’re protecting Northwest waters and preventing yourself from possibly receiving a $110 fine for by-passing a check station,” Boatner said.

All vehicles carrying motorized or non-motorized boats, including canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and sailboats must stop. Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permits are required for most boaters in Oregon.

After finding contaminated boats coming into the Ashland watercraft inspection station during spot checks in winter 2016-17, Boatner decided to keep both Ashland and Ontario open year-round. Oregon is the only known state to do this and the results back up Boatner’s decision.

From January through mid-March 2018, technicians inspected 464 vessels in Ashland and 585 in Ontario. Boats from Lake Michigan and the Florida gulf contaminated with zebra and brown mussels were inspected. The Ashland Watercraft Inspection Team also inspected a boat from Lake Mead that was previously decontaminated and still found an additional 248 quagga mussels. The team inspected the boat at the owner’s residence.

Invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels can be difficult to spot – they range in size from microscopic to up to two inches, and attach themselves to many areas on boats that are hard to see. They can also live as long as 21 days out of water.

New Zealand mud snails are also tiny, just three to six millimeters long and easily attach themselves to boots, waders and fishing gear.

In 2017, ODFW technicians inspected 21,035 watercrafts and intercepted 17 with quagga or zebra mussels and 283 with other types of aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian milfoil and brown mussels.

Watercraft with quagga or zebra mussels came from Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario and the Fox River in Illinois.

“The program is working,” Boatner said. “Everyone who boats needs to make sure their boat is cleaned, drained and dried before putting in at another water body. Anglers should be vigilant about cleaning all their gear.”

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

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