Sherman County eNews #95


  1. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update, April 13

  2. Sherman County School Ball Field Sod Project Delayed, April 20

  3. Sherman County Court Notes, April 4

  4. Know what’s below before you hoe

  5. Pueblo Sin Fronteras Aiding Migrant Caravan Through Mexico to U.S.

  6. Communications 201

Technically speaking, Moses was the first person with a tablet downloading data from the cloud. ~unattributed

1. Sherman County School Baseball Schedule Update, April 13 

sports.baseballHS Sherman/Arlington/Condon Baseball

Friday, April 13, 2018 – Sherman at Dufur starting at 4:00, bus departs at 2:10.

Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School   PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

 2. Sherman County School Ball Field Sod Project Delayed, April 20

garden.shovel.barrowThe new (potential) date for laying sod at the new ball field at Sherman County School near Moro is Friday April 20th.



3. Sherman County Court Notes, April 4

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel


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

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

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on April 4, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve additional funds in the amount of $20,000, for the City of Moro Main Street Façade and Streetscape Program, contingent upon the Cities of Wasco and Rufus not reserving the right to hold their funds by the April 20th, 2018 deadline.
  • Motion by Judge Thompson, second by Commissioner McCoy, to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (f) Exempt Public Records.
    • Discussion held on internet security
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve $10,451.18 for an assessment and penetration test to be completed by RedHawk Network Security, LLC.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Commissioner McCoy, to approve the Blue Line quote of $385 per ton for CRS-2, $35.50 per ton for freight, and $225 per hour for the distributor for the chip seal program during the 2018 season.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the hiring of the architect and engineer to provide cost estimates on the stabilization and renovation of the DeMoss Park Grandstand and Stage Building as historic structures. Estimates are not to exceed $2,000 with additional fund requests allowed for consideration.
  • Motion by Commissioner McCoy, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve an employee compensation step increase for Kimi Hulke, as recommended by the Tri-County Community Corrections Board.
  • Rental Housing Loan discussion – No loans can be made to extend the length beyond one year in which the construction takes place under the construction bridge loan. No motion was made.
  • Discussion was held on creating long range plans, and completing all studies ahead of time so the individual could then submit their application, and all pieces would be in place when they are ready to build on projects in Sherman County. The Court agreed to have a plan completed within a reasonable cost for any kind of development that could take place in Biggs.

4. Know what’s below before you hoe
Be safe and call 8-1-1 first to find any underground utilities that could endanger you

electric.linemanPORTLAND, Ore. — Every eight minutes in America someone risks their life by striking an underground utility line. Pacific Power urges customers to protect themselves and their families and change this alarming statistic with one simple act:  dialing 8-1-1 two days before doing any digging.

“Installing a mail box or post for a deck or planting a tree are among the many commonplace projects that should trigger a call to 8-1-1,” said Steven Harkin, Pacific Power’s director of safety and training, referring to the national toll-free Call Before You Dig phone number. “Those may seem like simple, harmless projects, but the hazards are very real. If you hit a buried electric line, you could die. It’s that simple.” 

PacifiCorp has approximately 20,000 miles of underground cable in the West. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. These buried facilities, including gas, water, sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, provide the services Americans depend on for their basic everyday needs. But if you don’t know where they are buried before you dig, you are in danger. Even if you are lucky enough to not be harmed, you could be responsible for causing a service outage in your neighborhood—and potentially be responsible for the substantial repair costs.

If you are planning a job that requires digging, even if hiring a professional, a call to 8-1-1 is required before work begins. The 8-1-1 service is free and couldn’t be easier. It’s a Federal Communications Commission-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center then alerts local underground facility owners so they can mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.

Although the Call Before You Dig system has been active for many years, according to a recent national survey, 45 percent – nearly half of people who plan to dig this year will not call 8-1-1 first.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power’s public safety department at 800-375-7085 or visit

 5. Pueblo Sin Fronteras Aiding Migrant Caravan Through Mexico to U.S.

For more than fifteen years, members of Pueblo Sin Fronteras have been reaching out to the most vulnerable immigrants in the United States and to migrants and refugees on the move. We are a collective of friends who decided to be in permanent solidarity with displaced peoples. We accompany migrants and refugees in their journey of hope, and together demand our human rights. We provide humanitarian aid to migrants and refugees. ~

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6. Communications 201

ear.hearCommunication can create conflict or bring people together. We can see it happening every day and it doesn’t matter what language is being used. For effective communications, here is a tip to help you build bridges instead of walls when you interact with others.

Words are very powerful, so powerful, that we attach emotions to them almost immediately after hearing them. Because of this, certain things we say create conflict and resistance. However, if we become aware of the effect of these words and know which words to use instead, we can communicate more smoothly with others and still get our points across. This creates greater agreement and far less hostility along the way.

For example, the word “but” can be a problem. Whenever you hear “but” in a sentence, you know that you should discount what came before it and pay attention to what comes after. If you hear, “That’s true, but…” you know what’s coming next, right? You are going to hear why it’s not true or why it’s irrelevant. Or if you hear, “That’s an interesting idea, but…” you know that you are about to be told why it won’t work. (You may substitute “however” for “but” and get the same reaction.)

Supposing that instead, someone said to you, “What you say is true and here’s something that’s also true…” Feels a lot better, doesn’t it? Or if they said, “That’s an interesting idea, and you could also look at it this way….”

By using the word “and” instead of “but,” their ideas are linked to yours (or your ideas linked to theirs) instead of being put in opposition to each other. The difference between “but” and “and” is a lot like the difference between boxing, which uses brute opposition to defeat an opponent, and Aikido, which joins with and redirects an opponent’s energy in a way which is better for both of you.

Yes, there are some folks who purposely use specific words to engender conflict, and sometimes fear. These people don’t want constructive communications. You, on the other hand, will be more persuasive and create less conflict and resistance if you avoid “but” and strive for greater understanding and agreement, instead. ~The Pacific Institute



Sherman County eNews #94


  1. County Court – Board of Commissioners

  2. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians!

  3. Sherman County Court & Regional Coalitions

  4. Sherman County Court: Duties & Compensation

  5. Editorial. Let’s Ask Our Candidates for County Judge

 1. County Court – Board of Commissioners

Oregon Revised Statutes 202.010 “County court” defined. As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise, the term “county court” includes board of county commissioners.

203.035 Power of county governing body or electors over matters of county concern.

(1) Subject to subsection (3) of this section, the governing body or the electors of a county may by ordinance exercise authority within the county over matters of county concern, to the fullest extent allowed by Constitutions and laws of the United States and of this state, as fully as if each particular power comprised in that general authority were specifically listed in ORS 203.030 to 203.075. [ for the Constitution of the State of Oregon]

(2) The power granted by this section is in addition to other grants of power to counties, shall not be construed to limit or qualify any such grant and shall be liberally construed, to the end that counties have all powers over matters of county concern that it is possible for them to have under the Constitutions and laws of the United States and of this state.

203.111 County governing body; legislative authority; quorum. Unless otherwise provided by county charter, a county court shall be the governing body and shall exercise general legislative authority over all matters of county concern and shall consist of the county judge and two county commissioners and a majority of those persons shall constitute a quorum. [1981 c.140 s.3 (enacted in lieu of 203.110)]

203.240 Organization, powers and duties of board.

(1) A board of county commissioners shall:
(a) Have the powers and duties and be otherwise subject to the laws applicable to county courts sitting for the transaction of county business.
(b) Unless provided otherwise by county charter or ordinance, consist of three county commissioners. A majority of the board is required to transact county business.

204.010 Terms of office of county officers. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the term of office of each officer mentioned in ORS 204.005 is four years.

204.020 When terms of office commence; filing certificate of election, oath and undertaking. (1) The term of office of each officer mentioned in ORS 204.005 shall commence on the first Monday of January next following election to office.

204.601 Number and appointment of deputies and other employees.

(1) The county court or board of county commissioners of each county shall fix the number of deputies and employees of county officers whose compensation is to be paid from county funds.
(2) All such deputies and employees shall be appointed by such county officer, and shall hold office during the pleasure of the appointing officer. [1953 c.306 s.9]

5.020 Juvenile court jurisdiction in certain counties. The county court of counties from which no transfer of jurisdiction is made under ORS 3.260 or 3.265 or other provisions of law shall have all juvenile court jurisdiction, authority, powers, functions and duties.

2. Shared State and County Services Serve the Same Oregonians!

The State:

—general administrator

—state property manager

—state courts, patrol, prison

—child protection

—mental health hospital



—state parks.

Services Shared by County and State:


—assessment and taxation

—PERS [Public Employees Retirement System]


—county jails [Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility]

—community corrections [Tri-County Community Corrections]

—court security

—district attorney

—9-1-1 [Frontier Regional 911 Agency]

—juvenile services

—aging services [Community Action Program of East Central Oregon]

—alcohol/drug programs

—children and families

—developmental disabilities

—mental health services [Tri-County Mental Health / Center for Living]

—veterans’ services [Tri-County Veterans Services]

—public health [North Central Public Health District]

—environmental health


—economic/community development [Mid-Columbia Economic Development Dist.]


—roads [Oregon Department of Transportation, Sherman Count Road Dept.]

—housing [Mid-Columbia Housing Authority]

—Oregon Plan

—public forests

—federal land policy

—telecommunications [Frontier TeleNet, Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler]

—county fair [Sherman County Fair]




—property management


—county law library

—sheriff patrol

—medical examiner

—animal control

—solid waste


—capital projects

—county forests, parks


3. Sherman County Court & Regional Coalitions

Regional coalitions, formed by contracts between two or more counties or counties and the state, centralize and economize the receiving and administering of state-and federally-funded programs that are shared between the counties — including Sherman County. Commissioners at these meetings determine policy, direction, program priorities and outcomes.

A good example is the Mid-Columbia Center for Living / Tri-County Mental Health Board. This Board employs administrators and mental health professionals to provide services for Sherman, Hood River and Wasco Counties from offices in The Dalles, Hood River & Moro with state and federal funding for the three counties. State and federal funding streams are not distributed to single counties of our size, but to groups of counties by the efficient use of one administrative office and joint staff.

The same is true for other boards where county commissioners exercise leadership and opinions on behalf of Sherman County citizens and their interests. In some cases, this representation involves legislative action, visits to legislators and editors of major newspapers, prioritizing regional interests and making sure that Sherman County receives its share of services. Regional and statewide views are important to all of us — the bigger picture that affects us in a multitude of ways.

Our Commissioners and County Judge influence the policies, budgets, personnel and programs of REGIONAL boards, including but not limited to these:

  • Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
  • Mid-Columbia Community Action Council
  • Tri-County Corrections
  • Frontier TeleNet
  • Frontier Regional 911 Agency Dispatch Center
  • Tri-County Mental Health – Center for Living
  • North Central Public Health District
  • Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility / NORCOR (regional jail)
  • Lower John Day Regional Partnership
  • Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation
  • Association of Oregon Counties

… in addition to local boards:

  • Sherman County Weed District
  • Sherman County Fair
  • Sherman County Public/School Library
  • Prevention Coalition
  • Senior & Community Center Advisory Committee
  • Local Public Safety Coordinating Council.

4. Sherman County Court: Duties & Compensation

The Sherman County Court (a county judge and two commissioners) considers a wide range of services, some shared with the state and some reserved for the county.

Members of the Sherman County Court are paid. Their work is substantially supported by the work of an Administrative Assistant, Finance Officer, Clerk, Treasurer, legal counsel and others, as well as personnel working for state and regional government entities that deliver services to Sherman County.

In addition to attending meetings of the County Court, they represent the county on state, regional and local boards in a mutual division of duties. These assignments are a routine part of their work for which they report at meetings of the County Court.

Compensation for Fiscal Year 2017/18 is determined by the budget committee.

The current compensation for the full-time County Judge position on a seven-step salary schedule is $7,530/month, the top salary for the county judge position of $7,240, plus longevity pay of $290/month.

The current compensation for the half-time position of County Commissioner, Position 1 on the seven-step salary schedule is $2,573/month. This is at the second of the seven steps for a commissioner and is a .50 FTE (full-time equivalency) position (20hrs/wk).

The current compensation for the half-time position of County Commissioner, Position 2 on the seven-step salary schedule is $3,127/month.  This is at the sixth of the seven steps for a commissioner and the same .50 FTE (20hrs/wk).

These officials are eligible for all county benefits, Public Employees Retirement System and health insurance based on FTE and mileage. Compensation for all county employees is calculated on the schedule according to their classification, FTE and longevity, some on a merit basis. More information is found here:

5. EDITORIAL: Let’s Ask Our Candidates for County Judge

Election Day is coming up! We encourage Sherman County voters to ask the four candidates for the position of County Judge a few questions. It’s part of the process! We’re interviewing them for this position.

It’s our responsibility to know why these four candidates want this responsibility and what they have accomplished or hope to accomplish on our behalf.

Let’s ask them! 

  • Joe Dabulskis
  • Larry Hoctor
  • Fred Justesen
  • Mike Smith

Why? What?

  • Why do you want this responsibility?
  • What do you hope to accomplish?
  • What inspired you to run for office?
  • If elected, would you participate in County College?

Qualifications for County Judge w/Juvenile & Probate Jurisdiction.

  • Let’s get acquainted. Tell us about yourself, your education, military and public service and family.
  • Describe your previous work experiences?
  • What one skill makes you the most qualified for this position?
  • Describe your qualifications for governance, planning and policy development.
  • Describe your participation in county activities.
  • What are your thoughts about Sherman County’s future?

County Goals and Long-range Plans.

  • What are the county’s primary obligations?
  • What are the county’s top three or four goals?
  • Is county government, as currently funded and staffed, sustainable?
  • How many people are employed by Sherman County government?
  • What is the population of the county? Is growth predicted?

Strategic Investment Program (SIP).

  • Please describe the Strategic Investment Program (SIP) (wind energy dollars) and changes we can expect in future revenue.
  • Does the County continue to reserve a percentage of wind farm revenue?
  • Name three or four SIP-funded projects. 

Jobs & Economic Development.

  • What are your ideas for economic development?
  • What is your position on private enterprise for economic development? 

County Government Competition with Private Enterprise.

  • What is your position on county competition with private enterprise?
  • Weed control?
  • Internet services?
  • Senior Center meals?
  • Housing lots and subsidies?
  • Telecommunication?

Funding, Maintaining & Preserving Public Parks.

  • What is your position on funding public parks? Park partnerships?
  • Sherman County’s DeMoss Springs Memorial Park?
  • S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philippi Park on the John Day River?
  • S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Giles L. French Park?
  • Cottonwood Canyon State Park?
  • Sherman County Fairgrounds Event Center.

Telecommunication: Sherman County’s Fiber.

  • Is Sherman County’s Fiber Project on schedule?
  • Who owns, manages and maintains the fiber?
  • How is it funded? County SIP dollars and/or State?
  • How much has been spent so far?
  • Are additional funds needed?
  • Do you view the Fiber Project as comparable to a government highway on which Internet Service Providers drive – to provide services?
  • How many Internet Service Providers use our fiber?
  • Is it competitive?
  • Are county government offices connected?
  • Is the school district connected?
  • Does the fiber serve everyone in the county? If so, how?
  • What, specifically, is in it for me?
  • How has the Fiber Project improved our economic development?

County Internet Network.

  • How many Sherman County residents subscribe to Rural Technology Group for internet service?
  • Who owns Rural Technology Group?
  • Does the county subsidize Rural Technology Group?

Sherman, Gilliam & Wheeler’s Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch Center in Condon.

  • Who proposed a 911 call center to be located in Sherman County?
  • What is the need?
  • Who would pay for it?
  • Would it be independently sustainable?

You’ll think of other questions! Ask them! Call the candidates! Ask! We’re in this together! One of them will represent and work for us!