Sherman County eNews #114


  1. April 24th Editorial: Inviting Candidates’ Visions for Getting Frontier TeleNet Back on Track

  2. Candidates’ Visions for Getting Frontier TeleNet Back on Track:

    • Joe Dabulskis: Vision and Solutions for Frontier TeleNet

    • Larry Hoctor: Visions and Solutions for Frontier TeleNet

    • Mike Smith: Frontier TeleNet and the Right Track

Editorial: Inviting Candidates’ Visions for Getting Frontier TeleNet Back on Track

pencil.spiralOn April 24th Sherman County eNews offered 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.

We pledged to post together the responses received by the deadline during the first week of May. In alphabetical order on May 1st, here are the Candidates’ Visions for Getting Frontier TeleNet Back on Track.

Joe Dabulskis: Vision and Solutions for Frontier TeleNet

pencil.sharpRecently Frontier TeleNet’s Board of Directors had the Association of Oregon Counties’ County Solutions Program do an assessment of Frontier TeleNet and I would follow their recommendations.

Frontier TeleNet needs to create plans, business plans- immediate, short term and even long range plans, with definite time frames. Six month, one year, five years, ten years. A marketing plan, to include expenditures and revenues. How much to charge for each service, now, and in the future. I feel that the fiber optic and broadband could and should be self- sustaining. Plans are needed for upgrades to keep up with advances in technology, and these plans need to be reviewed frequently.

Audits would be interesting. Financials and a systems audit.

Think about the governance. Does it need to change? This is a question I’d like to receive more input on, both for and against. Does Frontier TeleNet need an advisory committee?

Frontier TeleNet needs to think about a manager. It has a marketing director, but a manager may be needed. Both manager and marketing director as well as all staff and officers need clear job descriptions, responsibilities, expectations and accountability.

Get E-rate dollars owed to Frontier TeleNet.

Be transparent. Make website more in-depth, feedback says it’s shallow. Disappointing for a telecommunications organization.

Have a vision. Work on public image. Many times I have heard that Frontier TeleNet is the leading communication project in the state, but only from the board and people involved. I would like to see this in writing from other entities, not just from board members. It may be the best in the state, and let’s hear it from others.

As a Sherman County Commissioner, I attend Frontier TeleNet meetings to keep informed and updated. The recommendations listed above can be achieved.

Joe Dabulskis

Sherman County Commissioner

Larry Hoctor: Visions and Solutions for Frontier TeleNet


Thank you for the opportunity to submit my ideas for the vision and solutions for Frontier TeleNet.

While I wish I knew more, I have not attended a meeting of Frontier TeleNet. I do not feel that reading the minutes and reading editorials gives me enough of a background to make a valid comment on the performance of Frontier TeleNet.

I however, do share your frustration in the pace of progress over the last few years.

As the election process moves forward, I intend to get much more involved in Frontier TeleNet, as well as many other programs that the County Court is dealing with.

Thank you for your good questions that you have presented here, and in past eNews issues. I am adding to your lists, as there is much to learn as this process continues.

Larry Hoctor


Mike Smith: Frontier TeleNet and the Right Track

pencil.sharpBefore discussing what improvements could be made, allow me to explain what Frontier TeleNet actually is. It’s owned by Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler County. Over the last 17 years, Frontier TeleNet built a radio network that reaches nine counties. It serves County and State Police, Fire, Ambulance and 911 Dispatch; which serves four counties and the Burns Indian Tribe. It has helped create 19 local jobs. This “Mission Critical” system serves those who protect and serves us all, every minute of every day. 

The Frontier TeleNet Board understood the lack of Internet availability, so they built it into the system. This brought Internet to our schools and supplies “middle-mile” Internet, so Internet Service Providers have a network that lets them serve our homes. It was a wise decision. Internet sales help fund the system, along with grants and other fees so we don’t charge our local Police, Fire and Ambulance to use the system.

So what needs fixing? There is always room for improvement. Technology continually changes. With fiber now we have the bandwidth we need. A company Frontier TeleNet has been working with for over a year wants to run fiber to the home in four Sherman cities. This will also improve speeds to homes is rural Sherman County as well. We are finding new partners to share costs with. Currently, two counties are looking to join us.

One big challenge is getting the Federal Government to pay their bill. They are three years behind. We are working diligently with our legal counsel and Federal Representatives to correct this problem. We believe they will begin paying us soon.

What’s needed most of all is your support. A few people continue to malign the Board and its contractors. Those attacks cause damage. It makes potential partners and customers wary. One complaint caused slow payment from the Federal Government. They now agree the complaint was untrue, but it caused delay.

Having everyone support, promote and understand the importance of Frontier TeleNet can help it continue to serve everyone long into the future.

Warmest Regards,

Mike Smith


Candidate for Sherman County Judge

[Editorial Note: Mike Smith dba Connections LLC is the Executive Marketing Director for Frontier TeleNet]


Sherman County eNews #113


  1. Sherman County 4-H True Leaders in Service Day

  2. Sherman County 4-H Club Reports: Beef, Goat, Sheep April 2018

  3. All-County Prayer Meeting, May 3

  4. Oregon Ag Fest brings farming to youngsters

  5. Genealogy Beginners’ Boot Camp, June 30

  6. Setting Up Your Child for Success

  7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center May Meal Menu

“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as much of it as you please. But if it means the liberty of affronting, calumniating and defaming one another, I, for my part, own myself willing to part with my share of it, whenever our legislators shall please so to alter the law and shall chearfully consent to exchange my liberty of abusing others for the privilege of not being abused myself.” —Benjamin Franklin (1789)

1. Sherman County 4-H True Leaders in Service Day

4-H clover1As part of the national event 4-H True Leaders in Service, Sherman County 4-H members spent time doing community service on Saturday, April 28, at Cottonwood Canyon State Park.  Members of the “Pans on Fire” outdoor cooking and food preservation 4-H club worked to rake horseshoe pits, surveyed tree seedlings to see if alive or not, pulled tree wire cages and posts from dead seedlings, and hauled all the wire and posts up to a “bone pile” storage area and unpacked it all.  A total of 33 dead seedlings were cleared out along with the fencing materials.  The group then enjoyed outdoor cooking for lunch: preparing teriyaki meat, rice and vegetables in foil packets and a chocolate chip cherry dutch oven dessert.

This day was the culmination of 4-H True Leaders in Service and National Volunteer Appreciation Month.   4‑H’ers across the nation “pledge their hands to larger service” and did community service projects leading to positive change that empowers their peers and their communities.  True Leaders in Service officially kicked-off the first day of April, and culminated with the National 4‑H Day of Service on Saturday, April 28.

Sherman County 4-H members joined thousands of 4‑H’ers who will venture out into their communities to do what 4‑H’ers do best: lead in service to tackle community challenges and help meet the needs of others.

2. Sherman County 4-H Club Reports: Beef, Goat, Sheep April 2018

cow3The Sherman County Beef Club held a meeting on April 25, 2018.  The meeting was called to order by Natalie Martin, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kole Martin and 4-H pledge lead by Allie Marker.  There were 4 people attending out of 5,Pattrick Ramos had an excused absence.  Attending were Natalie, Kole, Allie, and Courtney and leaders Doug and Sandy Martin.  We talked about hoof trimming and how it was done.  We also took a pop quiz and everyone did pretty good for the first pop quiz.  This meeting took place at Doug and Sandy Martins house.   Minutes of previous meeting were read by Courtney.  The minutes were approved as read. All members looked at Natalie’s project and discussed reasons for choosing these animals, feed type and amount and the equipment used for her project.  The next meeting will be on May 16 at 7:00 P.M.  at the Sherman Extension office.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:16 pm. Submitted by Courtney Coelsch

goat.boer1The 4-H Goat Club “The Goatees” meeting on Sunday April 29 at 4:05pm.  The people at the meeting are Liberty, Virgil, Meadow, Wyatt, Bailee, Alexis, Coral, Kaelex, Kiara, Michael, Mercedez, Elijah, Logan, Taylor, Caleb and Gabe.  Absent were Erynee, Atone, Ben, Calvin, Clay.  At the meeting we played a game called “Barnacle.” Then we watched a video about how to select a goat for market and qualities to look for.  Then we talked about the goat sale (Sunday May 20 3pm at the Fairgrounds).  The meeting ended at 4:30pm.  Submitted by Lexi Holt.

4-H clover1The Sherman 4-H Sheep Club “The Lucky Lambs” meeting Sunday April 29 started at 5pm.  Elected club officers:  President Lindsey Jones, Vice President Caleb Fritts, Secretary Tyler Jones.  Members in attendance:  Lindsey, Jared, Caleb, Bailed, Jordan, Luke, Makoa, Grace, Gabe, Talon, Bailee, Lexi, Remington and Tyler.  Not in attendance:  Nancy, Hunter, Alyssa, Shelby, Clayton.  Went over how many animals each member is taking.  First weigh-in plus tagging is June 10.  If the animal isn’t at that weigh-in, it won’t go to fair.  Talked about the trip to Kreb’s sheep farm.  Everyone to write to buyers.  Meeting finished at 5:37pm.

 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. Oregon Ag Fest brings farming to youngsters

An estimated 22,000 people attended the two-day event, which boasts 55-plus varieties of farm animals and more than 25 hands-on activities for kids.

SALEM — Oliver Menle is barely a year old and has already hugged a llama. His mother, Alyssa Menle, said the Oregon Ag Fest April 28-29 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds was an eye-opening experience for the whole family.

“I grew up in the city; this is a new experience for me, too,” Menle said. “Oliver enjoys the animals best, and big brother and Daddy are all about plants and rocks and seeds, so that was their highlight.”

Six-year-old Alyson Drawbaugh never sees calves or pigs or ponies — usually just cats and dogs in her Salem neighborhood. She liked the pony rides best, with being licked by a calf a close second.

“It’s fun to be able to get out of the house and come here where we can see a lot of the farm animals up close,” Alyson’s mother, Melissa Walton, said. “I was joking with her that the black-and-white cows are where the swirl ice cream comes from.”

Ag Fest Executive Director Michele Ruby said the event brings all sectors of agriculture together to make learning about it fun.

“I think one reason our event is so successful is that we stay very focused on our mission, which is to help Oregonians better understand where their food and flora and fiber comes from,” Ruby said.

The festival has dozens of sponsors and more than 800 volunteers that include farmers and ranchers, ag students and 4-H members.

“Oregon is lucky because we have an abundance of farmers and other volunteers that really want to tell their story and engage, and we want to tap into that,” Ruby said. “It’s a grassroots event so it’s easy to love being a part of Ag Fest.”

An estimated 22,000 people attended the two-day event, which boasts 55-plus varieties of farm animals and more than 25 hands-on activities for kids. They can plant seedlings, dig potatoes, grind their own wheat for pancakes and watch chicks hatch.

“Our focus is certainly young families, but we try to have a little something for everyone,” Ruby said.

The antique tractors were a huge hit with 2½-year-old Sender Romine of Newberg.

“I grew up in a suburb of L.A., so this is a foreign world to me,” Sender’s mother, Tiana Romine, said. “I want my children to have a closer relationship with farming and agriculture. I would like that for them because I think it’s important.

“I think it has a long-running effect, even if they don’t remember all the specifics, maybe in what they choose to do for a career or just their kindness and respect for animals and farmers alike,” Romine said. “We watched the sheep shearing and my son was just riveted.”

Four-year-old Westley Johnson smiled through his entire pony ride. With Daddy out of town, mom Karli Johnson needed a break and the Ag Fest on a sunny afternoon seemed like just the thing.

“I needed a break, too,” Westley said.


5. Genealogy Beginners’ Boot Camp, June 30

Beginners’ Boot Camp Saturday, June 30, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Join Laurel Smith at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon for a day of beginning genealogy. There will be sessions about the census, vital records, immigration and naturalization, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research, and more – all geared toward beginners. Bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat. GFO members may attend for free, non-members for $20. Here’s what attendees are saying: “Boot Camp was rocking, wow do I regret not having it before I started my work . . . such a good teacher . . . a marathon that was time well-spent . . . informative and motivational . . . with humor and positive energy . . . more than exceeded my expectations.” Member or not, please let us know if you plan to attend and REGISTER ONLINE  A link to the class notes will be emailed on Wednesday, June 27. For more information, contact Laurel Smith at or 503-963-1932.

6. Setting Up Your Child for Success

Most parents genuinely want their kids to do well in school, and there is a great deal that parents can do to make school success more likely. First, and far above all else, find out how to build your child’s self-image and work at it steadily. There is nothing more important than a strong self-image for success in school, or anywhere else for that matter. And when it comes to bullies, nothing is more valuable.

Second, get personally involved. Study after study have shown that students with involved parents do better in school. Your kids may try to persuade you to back off, but parental involvement is something that they really do need and want. Get to know their teachers. Ask both child and teacher about what goes on in class and listen attentively to their answers.

Spend time reading their schoolbooks with them. And yes, check on them. Make sure they have a good place to work and help them keep track of class assignments so they get done on time. (It may mean temporarily retiring the video games and putting the cell phone and mp3 player on hiatus!) Review their assignments and tests with them when they come back, praise their success, and correct mistakes.

Teach them how to break large tasks down into smaller, more manageable chunks, how to assign priorities, and the importance of rewarding themselves when they accomplish a goal. Perhaps you’ve heard some of this advice before, but it’s good to re-emphasize that these things work! The bonus is that you also are setting them up for success later in the world of work.

If you do these things consistently, they will have a significant, positive effect on your child’s success in school. ~The Pacific Institute

 7. Sherman County Senior & Community Center May Meal Menu

Sherman County Senior & Community Center

Meal Menu |  May 2018

We serve lunch at 12:00 noon sharp.  First come, first served.

If you have a group of 2 or more, please let the Kitchen staff know at 541-565-3191 the day before to ensure that we make enough food!

MEAL PRICING: Under 60 Yrs. $7.00 ~~ 60 Yrs. & Up $4.00 suggested donation!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  1 2 3 4
Bacon & Swiss Quiche Pot Roast BBQ Burger & Cheddar Grilled Ruben Sandwich
Carrot Muffins Roasted Veggies & Salad Cornbread Pie Potato Wedges
Veggies, Salad & Fruit Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
7 8 9 10 11
Cheesy Potatoes/Ham Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce Oven Fried Chicken Chicken Enchiladas Potato Soup w/
Veggies & Salad Garlic Bread Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Mexican Rice & Veggies Sloppy Joe Slider
Dessert  Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
14 15 16 17 18
Cheeseburgers Chicken ala King Meatloaf Salmon Patty/Bun Chicken Tortilla Soup
Tater Tots Biscuits & Veggies Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Potato Wedges w/ Cheese Quesadillas
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert
21 22  23  24  25 
Hamburger Gravy Chicken Fried Rice Chicken Fried Steak Honey Mustard Chicken Pizza loaded w/meat
over Mashed Potatoes Veggies & Salad Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Rice Pilaf Veggies & Salad
Veggies, Salad & Dessert Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit Dessert
28 29 30 31
CLOSED Ground Beef Taco Bar Pork Roast Swedish Meatballs
TO OBSERVE Veggies & Salad Mashed Potatoes/Gravy Rice Pilaf
MEMORIAL DAY Fruit Veggies, Salad & Dessert Veggies, Salad & Fruit