Sherman County eNews #135


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Baseball May 23

  2. Memorial Day Honors Men & Women Who Died While Serving the U.S. Military

  3. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Now Online, April 18, May 2

  4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Official 1905 Census Summary

  5. North Central Public Health Restaurant & Food Service Inspections

  6. Frontier TeleNet Approved Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, April 20

  7. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update, Week of May 21

  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update: Baseball

sports.baseballWednesday, May 23, 2018 – Congratulations to our Sherman/Arlington/Condon High School baseball team for qualifying for Round 1 in the 2A/1A State Championships! This is a home game vs Lost River, scheduled for 4:00 tomorrow, May 23rd!

Remember that this is an OSAA Playoff game, so there is an admission fee.  Adults are $6.00 and students are $4.00.  Please come to support the team as they compete to move on to Quarterfinals!
~Audrey Rooney, Registrar, Sherman High School  PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Memorial Day Honors Men & Women Who Died While Serving the U.S. Military

military.navyMemorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

See Spanish-American War casualty:

See list of World War I military casualties:

See lists of World War II military casualties:  and

See Korean Conflict casualty:

See Vietnam War casualty:

See list of veterans’ stories in Sherman County: For The Record: 

3. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Now Online, April 18, May 2

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the April 18, 2018, and May 2, 2018, regular session are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

4. Sherman County History Tidbits: Official 1905 Census Summary

Sherman County Census 1905

Source: Sherman County Observer, September 8, 1905

An Official Summary, as Compiled by Assessor Otto Peetz.

Assessor Otto Peetz has furnished the following official summary of the 1905 census of Sherman county for publication:

By precincts        Population

Wasco……………… 1031

Moro………………… 727

Grass Valley………. 707

Kent ………………… 511

Monkland…………… 287

Rufus ……………….. 262

Bigelow …………….. 180

Rutledge ……………. 177

Total in precincts….. 3882

   *  *  *

By Cities

Wasco……………… 498

Moro ……………….. 446

Grass Valley …….. 383

Total in cities…….. 1327

5. North Central Public Health Restaurant & Food Service Inspections

Restaurants, mobile units, commissaries, warehouses, vending operations, swimming pools, spas, travelers’ accommodations, recreational parks and organizational camps are licensed and inspected by local environmental health staff.

To review inspection reports for a licensed facility in this jurisdiction, just enter the name in the search box to see all inspections conducted since starting with the Health Space software. — Please check back if an inspection isn’t available to view yet.

Inspections are unannounced and focus on items most likely to cause illness or injury to patrons of these facilities, but also include items such as general cleanliness and maintenance. In a food service facility, the focus is on approved food sources, cooking temperatures, holding temperatures of food, personal hygiene of food handlers and contaminated/dirty equipment. For a public pool or spa, the emphasis is on water quality values for disinfectants such as chlorine, clarity, entrapment concerns, proper filtration and the pool enclosure. Tourism facilities are evaluated for safety and general sanitation concerns.

Restaurant and Bed and Breakfast facilities are assigned a sanitation score as a result of the inspection. All other inspections are non-scored. Violations that are considered critical in nature are required to be corrected at the time of inspection or may result in a re-inspection of the facility. Oregon evaluates food service facilities using the Oregon Food Sanitation Rules, which are modeled on the 2009 Food and Drug Administration Food Code. The Sanitation Rules grade violations based on whether they are Priority, Priority Foundation or Core in each food service facility…

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6. Frontier TeleNet Approved Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, April 20



The regular meeting of Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors called to order at 10:07 AM.  This meeting held in the courtroom of the Gilliam County Courthouse, 221 S. Oregon Street, Condon, Oregon.

Directors Present:  Judge Steve Shaffer, Judge N. Lynn Morley and Commissioner Joe Dabulskis, representing Sherman County.

Also Present:  Ryan LeBlanc, Steve Wynne, Justin Sterrett, Marlon Johnson,  Day Wireless Systems; Shawn Halsey, Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District; Nicole Jackson, Chris Lentz, Motorola; Mac Stinchfield, Times Journal Newspaper; Kathryn Greiner, City of Condon; [and]  Mike Smith, Rob Myers, Jeanne Burch, Frontier TeleNet.

Directors Changes or Additions to Minutes:  None

Introduction of Shawn Halsey from Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District.  Mr. Halsey explained that this is a separate district and independent of county government.  Interested in exploring possible partnerships with several entities.

Introduction of Chris Lentz and Nicole Jackson from Motorola.  Mr. Lentz described the serves Motorola provides to Frontier Telenet.

Minutes:  Minutes of March 16, 2018 reviewed by Directors.  A correction noted in the name of Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Joe Dabulskis to approve March 16, 2018 minutes with correction.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Finances:  Financial Statement for March 2018 reviewed by Directors.  It was noted that OCHIN is due but they are waiting for their current allocation to be approved.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Joe Dabulskis to approve financial statement as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

IT and System Update:

Steve Wynne reported the following:

  1. Working on moving Sherman Fiber to 700. Pagers have arrived and more radios have been ordered.  Gilliam County is doing a demonstration of 700 now. 
  2. Making sure that backups are working. Lost power supply at Roosevelt and there was a lengthy power outage.  Microwave did not go down during this event.  Asked that any power outage notices be sent on immediately.  There is a need for a generator at this site. 
  3. Microwave System is working solid and working on licensing for Mitchell.

Ryan LeBlanc reported following:

  1. Wheeler County Wireless Project Update: Phases 4 and 5 are about to proceed.  Each phase of this project will be under $250,000.00.         
  2. The generator at Kent installation should be complete and gone live by this time.
  3. S. Cellular: Circuit from Spray to Fossil may have additional costs.

Business and Marketing Report:

Mike Smith, Marketing Director reported the following:

         1, Sherman County has signed an agreement between Sherman County and Frontier TeleNet for the line to Rufus.  There will be a separate IGA on this project.  There was a discussion on who pays for management.  RFP and Construction Documents are going through legal review at this time.  The agreement is modeled after the Wheeler County Broadband Agreement.

  1. Discussion regarding Intergovernmental Agreement for implementation of Phase Three of Sherman County Broadband Project. Moved by Joe Dabulskis, seconded by Lynn Morley to approve Intergovernmental Agreement for Implementation of Phase Three of Sherman County Broadband Project with the understanding that Sherman County Court must approve.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.
  2. A phone outage was experienced at Frontier Regional 911 Center and Centurylink is responsible for this service. Looking for another contractor and Oregon Emergency Management will allow switching to another service.  Steve Wynne is pleased with the proposed new contractor and how it is set up.
  3. Applied for Mid-Columbia Economic District Request for Proposal for service to all Sherman County homes. Explained how this would work and how it would be financed.
  4. Request from citizen to explain what Management Resources does for Frontier TeleNet. Mike Smith explained that Management Resources contracts to handle all the Oregon Health Network allocations for Health Clinics.  They do the paperwork to apply for reimbursement of costs from Oregon Health Network and also the individual clinics to pay for bandwidth service.  This contract has been in place since February 5, 2011.
  5. Met with John Anderson, Wheatland Insurance agent to review coverage on all Frontier TeleNet equipment and other necessary coverage.
  6. Noted that the Frontier TeleNet By-Laws need to be updated and will be done with coordination of legal counsel.
  7. Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District:  Meetings regarding a possible partnership with the Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District.  Discussed how this partnership might work and the updating of sites.  There was a discussion on how partnerships have worked in the past and is this the right move for Frontier TeleNet.  Shawn Halsey has concerns about the contract and how it would be interpreted.  Umatilla-Morrow Radio Data District Board would want to avoid the legality of an ORS 190.  They are not a taxing district.  Shawn Halsey pointed out he could not speak for the Board.  A tour of the Frontier TeleNet sites will occur next week and then a discussion will be held on the structure of a possible partnership.   There might be consideration of an Advisory Board or position on the Frontier TeleNet Board.  Frontier TeleNet is more than just the digital switch so that would be a consideration.  There needs to be a meeting of the two boards.  Joe Dabulskis asked if there is a downside to this project.  Chris Lentz of Motorola stated that everyone is moving to a shared system.  He can see no downside on how the system would work but governance is where the problem might be and that would need to be addressed.  Mike Smith asked if there were samples of governance and several ideas were given.  Mike Smith will follow up on these samples and report back to the Frontier TeleNet Board.

Joe Dabulskis asked if there was more he should know about this proposed project.  Lynn Morley and Steve Shaffer both stated it was new to them also and this is the first discussion on the project so Joe has as much information as they do.

Public Comment:  Kathryn Greiner asked if the Keys Mountain Agreement document presented by Day Wireless System is a different one than the monthly payment made to Day Wireless Systems for maintenance.  Ryan LeBlanc answered that this is different.

The regular meeting was recessed to enter executive session:

Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (2)(g) Negotiations for Trade or Commerce called to order at 11:15 AM.

Regular Meeting resumed at 12:15 PM.

Steve Shaffer recommended there will be continued discussion with Umatilla Morrow Radio Data District and Motorola.  Motorola will be tasked with cost and Shawn Halsey and Mike Smith with Governance. 

Keys Mountain Agreement:  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Steve Shaffer to approve the Wheeler County Wireless Keys Mountain and 587 VHF Simulcast Agreement.  Motion carried with Lynn Morley and Steve Shaffer voting aye and Joe Dabulskis abstaining.

Next Meeting will be May 18, 2018 in Fossil.  Frontier TeleNet Budget meeting will meet at 9 AM and regular Board of Directors Meeting will start at 10 AM.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:25 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted:

Jeanne E. Burch

Frontier TeleNet Staff

Approved:__________________________________    Date:_________________

Lynn Morley, Frontier TeleNet Vice Chair.

7. ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update, Week of May 21

ODOT Region 4 Weekly Construction Update, Week of May 21

Week of May 21, 2018

The Oregon Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, efficient transportation system. ODOT invests in Oregon’s future through roadway improvement projects. The following projects are located in ODOT’s Region 4 encompassing Central Oregon from The Dalles to Klamath Falls on the east side of the Cascades.

All work is dependent on weather conditions and schedules are subject to change.

Where traffic is routed through or around a work zone, pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will also be provided alternate routes through the work zone.


Jefferson County

US 97: US 26 Jct. to NW 10th Street (Madras – Terrebonne) – Knife River will be installing and modifying outfalls, and installing signs. There may be one-way traffic with flaggers and a pilot car during the day Monday to Thursday and until noon on Friday.

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges – Stellar J Construction is completing utility work and the bridge demolition containment structure at Trout Creek Bridge (MP 75). There may be one-way traffic with flaggers Sunday through Saturday anytime.

Sherman County

US 97: Spanish Hollow Creek & Trout Creek Bridges – Stellar J Construction is completing drilled shaft construction access on US 97 over Spanish Hollow Creek. There may be one-way traffic with flaggers Sunday through Saturday anytime.

Wasco County

I-84: Hood River to Tower Road – Oregon Mainline Paving will have the fast lanes closed both in directions. The lane closures will be in place each night, Sunday through Friday morning between MP 76 and MP 68. Later in the week the contractor will switch the lane closure to the WB slow lane and the lane closure will be in place each night between MP 69 and MP 64. The ramps (exit 69) for the City of Mosier will be closed on May 22nd, 23rd from 10pm-5am for Rock Creek Bridge Deck Repair.

Wheeler County

Fossil Heritage Trail – Construction will take place Monday through Friday during daytime hours. The contractor may hold traffic on flagging operations for up to 20 minutes. Use alternate routes and expect delays when traveling through the listed areas of construction.


Region 4 Curve Warning Signs – Baker Rock Resources will be performing survey work and installing bases on the Wasco Heppner Hwy (OR 206) and John Day Hwy (OR 19). There may be one-way traffic with flaggers and delays of up to 20 minutes.

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