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:  _____________________