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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