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.”