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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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

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