Sherman County eNews #149


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, June 6

  2. Sherman County Family Fair, June 7

  3. Getting Used to Anything

  4. OR Healthy Living Alliance Colon Cancer Screenings, Morrow, Sherman & Gilliam Counties

  5. Eastern Oregon Telecom Employees Buy Company from UEC | Northeast Oregon Now

“Human government is more or less perfect as it approaches nearer or diverges farther from the imitation of this perfect plan of divine and moral government.” —John Adams (1770)

1. All County Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, June 6

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday June 6 @ the Methodist 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. Child care will be provided.  

2. Sherman County Family Fair, June 7


Sherman County Family Fair

Moro City Park

June 7th from 4-6:30 pm.

Free Fun, Food and Music for the whole family.

Questions, contact Amy Asher 541-565-5036 or

3. Getting Used to Anything

What have you gotten used to in your life, and why? It has been said that people can get used to almost anything. If it happens gradually over time and in small enough increments, this is probably true. When you become used to things being a certain way, you develop what we call a comfort zone around them. When you’re in your comfort zone, you don’t really have to think too much about it.

If you’re used to cleaning up your house every day because you like things neat and tidy, it will put you out of your comfort zone to wake up in the morning and see a sink full of dirty dishes. Generally, you will make sure that doesn’t happen. If, on the other hand, you get used to seeing a sink full of dirty dishes every morning when you get up, it won’t bother you at all and chances are that the sink will remain full until you finally have to wash them in order to have any utensils to eat with!

Now, if you are expecting company, the things you’ve gotten used to and comfortable with may suddenly become very un-comfortable. “That’s okay for me,” you may think, “But I don’t want my guests to see it like that,” and you go to work to clean up the mess. There is nothing like an outside influence to help us turn “have to’s” into “want to’s.” However, once that outside influence goes away, we go back to what we have gotten used to.

Do you know people who go on crash diets before a school reunion or other special events? It is the same sort of thing. We all get busy and priorities shift. Inevitably, some things slide out of importance, at least for the moment. Perhaps it’s time to take a look at your life. Are there things you’ve gotten used to, bit by bit, that surprise you a little now?

Don’t just put on a façade for company. Aren’t you worthy of the same consideration and the same high standards you display for others? Do it for yourself, because you do deserve it! ~The Pacific Institute

4. OR Healthy Living Alliance Colon Cancer Screenings, Morrow, Sherman & Gilliam Counties

Lakeview, OR ~ (June 5, 2018)–Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance (EOHLA) has launched a new project to increase colon cancer screenings in Morrow, Sherman, and Gilliam counties.   Annual screenings with a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kit, which is a screening kit that can be done at home that checks for blood in the stool, are recommended annually for adults aged 50-75.  

Free screening kits will be provided at various locations in each participating county.  Anyone 50-75 can pick up a kit, complete the kit in the privacy of their own home, and return the kit at designated locations.  Completed kits returned with the provided survey card will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card, where 6 will be given away in each of Sherman and Gilliam counties and 12 will be given away in Morrow County.  Free screening kits are provided in the following locations.

Morrow County                                           Sherman County                          

Boardman:  Columbia River Health Services                       Moro: Sherman County Medical Clinic

Heppner: Pioneer Memorial Clinic                                Wasco: City Hall

Ione: Ione Community Clinic                                               Grass Valley, City Hall

Irrigon: Irrigon Medical Clinic                                           Rufus, City Hall


Gilliam County

Arlington: Arlington Clinic

Condon: Gilliam County Courthouse, Family Services

According to the Oregon Health Authority, “Colorectal cancer is preventable. Routine screening can reduce deaths through the early diagnosis and removal of precancerous polyps.  Screening saves lives, but only if people get tested.”  One in three (36 percent) Oregonians ages 50-75 are not being screened as recommended.  On this theme, the project slogan is: Got polyps?  Get a screening kit and put your worries behind you!  

“EOHLA is committed to delivering strategies that improve community health throughout the entire region”, stated Andrea Fletcher, EOHLA co-founder and board member representing Morrow County. “With the shifting emphasis in the healthcare system toward prevention practices to help keep people healthy, screenings, such as colon cancer screenings, can prevent many serious illnesses before they occur.”

Funding for the project is provided in part by funded through the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program.


Eastern Oregon Healthy Living Alliance was formed in 2014 to improve community health in eastern Oregon by by focusing on health priorities within the Regional Community Health Improvement Plan and to support community health development in eastern Oregon.  EOHLA consists of a governing board with member representation from each of the 12 counties that comprise the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO).

5. Eastern Oregon Telecom Employees Buy Company from UEC | Northeast Oregon Now

Umatilla Electric Cooperative announced Thursday the sale of its subsidiary business, Eastern Oregon Telecom, to the telecom’s senior executive team.

Terms of the sale to the EOT executive team, doing business as Columbia Basin Development Group, were not disclosed.

With 17 employees and more than 3,500 internet and telephone customers, EOT reported $4.3 million in revenue in 2017. In April, the company moved into a newly constructed, 12,000-square-foot building on Southeast Kelli Boulevard that it leases from a developer.

Created on Aug. 18, 1999, EOT was initially owned by UEC, Douglas Electric Cooperative, four telephone cooperatives and a telecommunications consulting firm. Additional telephone company owners were added in 2001.

Frustrated that the incumbent telephone companies weren’t bringing in enhanced telecommunications services beyond dial-up internet, UEC led the partnership in the creation of a new telephone company.

By the summer of 2003, in addition to telephone services, EOT began offering high-speed internet. The company now offers internet speeds of 100 megabits and greater to homes in Umatilla, Irrigon, Boardman, parts of Hermiston and north Umatilla County, and gigabit fiber (1,000 megabits) to businesses in those markets. It offers IT support to businesses and telecommunications construction services as well.

With EOT on a firm financial footing, the time is right to take the next step in the evolution of the company, said UEC General Manager and CEO Robert Echenrode.

“The employees of EOT have demonstrated their commitment to the company and to the communities they serve,” Echenrode said. “An employee-owned business creates a strong base from which it can continue to grow, and we wish them great success in the years ahead.”

Joe Franell, EOT General Manager and CEO, said the founders of EOT were visionary in creating and sustaining a locally owned and controlled internet and telephone company.

“EOT has never taken a state or federal subsidy, yet we have been able to build one of the best telecommunications companies in rural Oregon,” Franell said. “Not a single dollar of profit has ever been distributed to the owners of EOT. It’s all been reinvested to provide better service to our customers.”

Franell said that while EOT will be initially owned by its senior executives, the intention is to offer all employees a stake in the business. The form of employee ownership has yet to be determined.

“The employees of EOT are committed to providing world-class telecom services to Eastern Oregon and believe that employee ownership is the best way for that to happen long term,” Franell said.

As a next step, EOT employees will be involved in strategic planning for the next year and beyond. “We will be looking at ways to wisely grow the business,” Franell said.

“Fast, reliable internet access is the true equalizer of our age,” added Franell, who chairs the governor-appointed Oregon Broadband Advisory Council. “With it, anybody can have access to good health care, education, economic development and government interaction they wouldn’t have otherwise. No other thing has such a potential for positive impact on people lives.”


Sherman County eNews #148


  1. Gorge Grown Re-Launches Mobile Farmers Market

  2. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors Meeting, June 12

  3. North Central ESD Early Education Head Start Applications Open

  4. Mental Rehearsals

  5. Columbia Gorge Community College Medical Assistant Program

  6. American Philatelic Society: 2018 New U.S. Stamp Issues

  7. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office Event Activity Analysis

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

1. Gorge Grown Re-Launches Mobile Farmers Market

The Gorge Grown Food Network Mobile Farmers Market is hitting the road with fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables to Cascade Locks, Hood River, Lyle, and Moro and Wasco, OR all summer long.

“The goal of the Mobile Farmers Market is to make fresh locally grown produce more accessible to everyone, strengthen our local food system, and support small farmers throughout the Gorge” says Silvan Shawe, Gorge Grown’s Food Access Coordinator. This project, which was originally started in 2008, operates out of “Pippin” a refrigerated van that serves as a farmers market on wheels.

Every week the selection will vary as local produce comes into season, with each item picked at its peak, making it more nutritious, flavorful, and keep better than produce that travels an average of 1,500 miles before making its ways to grocery stores. The Mobile Farmers Market is also working with rural restaurants, schools, small stores, Hawk’s Ridge Assisting Living, and others to increase the availability of local produce.

“Partnering with Gorge Grown has been a win all around – for our residents, our chef’s healthy meal plan, for the neighborhood and for local farmers. We couldn’t have asked for more!” said Victoria Cauldwell Marketing Director at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living.

You can find the Mobile Farmer Market at the following stops:


Sundays, 11am – 1pm, Cascade Locks Farmers Market / Brigham Fish Market (681 Wa Na Pa Street)


Fridays, 2pm – 3pm at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living (8th & Pacific Avenue)


Fridays, 4pm – 6pm, French’s Farm Wholesale Native Plant Nursery (620 State Street)


1st Saturdays, 10am – 1pm, Sherman County Farmers Market (Main Street)


1st Saturdays, 2pm – 4pm at The Depot (Clark Street).

2. Notice. Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors Meeting, June 12

Sherman County Ambulance Board of Directors

Meeting Agenda

June 12, 2018


  1. Open Meeting
  2. Approve March 13, 2018 Meeting Minutes
  3. Old Business:

3.1     Removing DEF on Medic 2 update

3.2     AEMT / EMT-I Class update

3.3     Turnouts for Extrication

3.4     Windshield Saw

3.5     Outside County EMTs

3.6     Other Old Business

  1. New Business



  1. Next Meeting September 11, 2018 @ 1800hrs.
  2. Adjourn

3. North Central ESD Early Education Head Start Applications Open book.boy.readNorth Central ESD Early Education is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 School Year! If you have a 3-4 year-old child and would like for them to attend preschool in Sherman or Wheeler County, please visit our website at where you can find our new link for applying online! If you have any questions, please call 877-562-3739.

4. Mental Rehearsals

Building upon yesterday’s discussion about visualization and “the finish line,” let’s spend some time today talking about how athletes, and others who take performance very seriously, bring out the best in themselves.

During our 40+ years of teaching people how to use more of their potential, The Pacific Institute has worked with many professional athletes and sports organizations. Athletes began to use leading-edge techniques like mental rehearsal and focused concentration years before the general public had even heard of them.

We weren’t sure then how these techniques worked, but we knew they did. Jack Nicklaus, for example, said that he would “watch a movie” in his head before each shot. Visualization is creating a picture of the future, using our forethought. It’s creating neural pathways in the brain, even if the rest of our body isn’t putting in the work yet.

Thanks to many researchers, especially in the last decade or so, we know more. Peter Fox and his colleagues at the University of Texas monitored people’s brain activities as they performed various body movements and also as they imagined performing the movements. They found that the actual physical movement consistently involved the interaction of several specific areas of the brain. Imagining the movement activated those same areas of the brain. In other words, mental rehearsal of an action puts the mind through a neural workout that is very much like the real thing.

So, whether you’re trying to break your own personal best record in a sport, sell a new car to an ambivalent customer, or present during an important meeting, mental rehearsal, or visualization, can help you prepare for peak performance by walking you through successful strategies and potential pitfalls. Knowing the “lay of the land” ahead of time provides heightened self-confidence – and your brain is more than willing to help, when you let it. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Columbia Gorge Community College Medical Assistant Program

One of the fastest-growing job openings in the Columbia Gorge is for medical assistants, and people who would like to learn more are invited to contact Columbia Gorge Community College.

The college launched its medical assisting program in 2007. This is a one-year certificate leading directly to employment in the field with an historical job placement rate of 82 percent.

Medical assistants are responsible for patient room assignments, screening telephone calls, helping with medical procedures, preparing and administering vaccines and medications, and performing basic lab tests. Medical assistants must exercise critical thinking skills and determination, flexibility and initiative; good penmanship, grammar, spelling and computer skills are essential. Instruction combines classroom and lab study with hands-on experience in local healthcare facilities.

“In addition to offering a direct path to employment in our region, medical assistants receive a broad overview of the medical profession,” said Mimi Pentz, program coordinator and primary instructor. “These experiences may inform additional career decisions in the healthcare field.”

Fall term 2018 applications close June 14 for students who have completed the program’s prerequisites. Medical assistant classes start Sept. 24 for students who have been admitted to the program.

Students who are not prepared to apply at this time should start planning now for admission to the Medical Assistant program in fall term 2019. Prerequisites can be taken through the upcoming academic year. Students should see an adviser for details. Additional requirements include a criminal background check, availability of personal transportation, immunizations and health screenings.

Medical assisting is considered one of the top five professions necessary for team-based care in medicine, driven by the growing number of elderly patients and a predicted surge in the number of physicians’ offices and outpatient care facilities. Hospital administrators in the Columbia Gorge already cite an increasing number of job vacancies in the field.

As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Medical assisting is one of the nation’s careers growing much faster than average for all occupations.”

The program of study at Columbia Gorge Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs in accordance with the American Association of Medical Assistants standards, and has an historical passage rate of 95 percent. Five-year job retention is 90 percent, according to statistics compiled by the college.

For details, contact Student Services, (541) 506-6011. Additional information and a program application are available on the college website, .

6. American Philatelic Society: 2018 New U.S. Stamp Issues


Stamp collectors will be interested in information on the 2018 new U.S. stamp issues, issue dates and designs. . Soakability and Scott Catalog numbers are added after the release of stamps when the information is known. The denomination provided for forever or other non-denominated stamps reflects the price that the stamp was originally sold at on its first day of issue. See:

7. Sherman County Sheriff’s Office Event Activity Analysis

The event activity analysis of the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office for the period, January 1, 2018, to June 1, 2018, is reported by event classifications.

In a snapshot: Abandoned vehicle 5, Assist Other Agency 26, Alarm 12, Animal Cruelty 1, Animal Problem 13, Assault 4, Burglary 1, Civil Problem 17, Controlled Substance 2, Damaged Property 2, Death-Suicide 1, Death-Unattended 2, Domestic Problem/Child Neglect 5, DUI 1, DUII 4, Family Disturbance 3, Fire 2, Fraud 4, Game 1, Harassment 6, Health/Safety 2, Juvenile Problem 2, Kidnapping 1, Liquor Law 1, Littering/Dumping 1, Medical/Ambulance Assist 15, Mental Subject 7, Miscellaneous 8, Obstruct Justice 2, Obstruct Police 1, Ordinance Violation 1, Other Sex Offense 2, Person Crimes 1, Property-Found-Lost 2, Property Crimes 1, Property Watch 1, Public Intox 1, Public Order Crimes 1, Public Peace/Disorderly Conduct 7, Public Service/Assistance/Notification 8, School Offenses/Failure to Attend 3, Search/Rescue 2, Security Check/Welfare Check 8, Stolen Vehicle 7, Suspicious Activity or Person 24, Theft/Larceny 11, Traffic (Criminal Violation) 2, Traffic Accident 21, Traffic Crime 8, Traffic Problem 6, Traffic Violations 6, Trespassing 10, Utility Problem 1, Vandalism 1, Vehicle Impound 3, Warrant-Out of County-Misdemeanor 2. ~~~ Total Events 294, Total Citation Violations 1001, Total Citations 879. ~Courtesy of the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office.

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

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