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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