Sherman County eNews #163


  1. Correction: Contact Information for The Times-Journal

  2. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, June 25

  3. Sherman County Court & Cities Public Work Session on Fiber Broadband, June 27

  4. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice, June 29

  5. Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District Special Meeting, June 25

  6. Not the Finished Product

  7. Opal Mae Steele 1923-2018

  8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1919 School Statistics

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

1. Correction: Contact Information for The Times-Journal 

The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | 541-384-2421 $35/year


All information must be received by NOON on Friday, June 29th.

Thank you.

The Times-Journal Staff

Ph. # 541-384-2421

Fax # 541-384-2411

2. Sherman County Photography Club Meeting, June 25

fireworks1July 4th fireworks displays are just around the corner so now is a good time to learn how to capture the moment with your camera. Tori Macnab Medina will share her skills of catching fantastic fireworks photos as well as photographing the beautiful summer night skies. The Sherman County Photography meeting starts at 6pm at the OSU Extension Building in Moro on Monday, June 25. Meetings are open to everyone and new members are always welcome.

3. Sherman County Court & Cities Public Work Session on Fiber Broadband, June 27

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court and Sherman County cities will conduct a joint work session on Wednesday, June 27, 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the Wasco School Events Center in Wasco. The purpose will be to discuss the Fiber Based Broadband Initiative for City Fiber to Homes. Sherman County residents with questions about the fiber optics initiative may contact Carrie Pipinich,, or call 541-296-2266, or city administrators.

4. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice, June 29

Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

June 29th 10:00 AM

OSU Extension Office Conference Room, 66365 Lonerock Road Moro, OR

1.0 Call To Order & Director Roll Call

2.0 10:00 Final Budget hearing

 Open hearing

 Allow for public input

 Closing hearing

 Vote on final budget

3.0 Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda

4.0 Minutes Review and Approval

5.0 Financials Review and Approval

6.0 IT and System updates and progress report

7.0 Business and Marketing report

8.0 Other items for the good of the order

9.0 Public Input/Comment

10.0 Next Meeting

11.0 Adjournment

The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n),(D). For those requesting a call in number or other accommodations, please contact Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or

5. Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District Special Meeting, June 25


The Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding a special meeting on Monday, June 25th at 7pm at the USDA Service Center Office, at 302 Scott Street in Moro, Oregon 97039. The board will review the Annual Work Plan.

Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District


June 25, 2018

7:00 PM

Old Moro Elementary School

302 Scott St. Moro, OR 97039

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Annual Work Plan
  3. Other Business
  4. Adjournment

~Amanda Whitman, Sherman County SWCD

PO Box 405,Moro, OR 97039

541-565-3216 ext 109

6. Not the Finished Product

As individuals, human beings are constantly changing, even though it may not seem like it in the short term.

In what Harvard psychologist, Dan Gilbert, calls the “end of history illusion,” human beings seem to think that the people we are today are the people we are going to be in the future. Not so, according to his research and a presentation featured on

One of the benefits of a long-term study was the inescapable fact that people in Gilbert’s studies actually changed far more than what they expected to change, in an imagined 10-year period into the future. At every point in the age range, actual reported change – in such things as personal values, personality, likes and dislikes – was far above the predicted change levels.

So,” you ask, “why does this matter?” Well, it ties in with the way we make decisions. We know that everything that has happened to us – every experience, learning moment, discovery – is stored in our subconscious, along with the emotions that we associate with those experiences. Then, as we are confronted with some new situation, our brains immediately attempt to associate the new situation with something filed away in the subconscious. If nothing resonates, then the brain files this new experience for future use.

If we do connect with something in the past, then our brains immediately go into “association mode,” evaluate whether the past experience was good or bad, and then we make decisions according to what happened to us in the past. When we try to imagine something in the future, we have nothing on which to base our judgment, except the past. No surprise, it is easier to remember than it is to imagine – unless we can let go of the belief that we are a “finished product” with no more growing to do.

The good news is that we are NOT finished growing and changing, even if we think we are. As Gilbert reported, “The person you are right now is transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you have ever been.”

The question is: Who do you want to be tomorrow? And the tomorrow after that, and the tomorrow after that? Let go of feeling “finished” and embrace the “want to be” in you. Your brain will be fully engaged in the future – and you’ll be happier for it. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Opal Mae Steele 1923-2018

flower.rose.starOpal Mae Steele, 94, of Quartzsite, Arizona, and Salmon, Idaho passed away on June 19, 2018 in Salmon.  Opal was born to Otto and Alice (Caddy) Obermiller on September 5, 1923 in Loup City, Nebraska.

Opal married Clyde Steele; they had four children: Clyde Jr., Jim, Linda Kay and Shirley.

Opal retired from the commercial garment business in the Portland, Oregon area, working with the Pendleton and White Stag Companies. She loved to square dance, and did so for many years. She enjoyed traveling between Quartzsite and Salmon as a “snowbird” for the last 20 years staying with her daughter Shirley.

She is survived by her children: Jim (Jan) Steele and Shirley (Richard) Kempf; one grandson Jimmy (Amanda) Steele; two brothers Harold Obermiller, Raymond Obermiller. She was preceded in death by her parents; the following siblings: Frank, Earl and Mary: her husband Clyde; children: Clyde Jr., and Linda Kay; grandson Chaddrick James; and son-in-law Richard Kempf. Memorial Services will be held in Loup City, Nebraska at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon, Idaho.

8. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1919 School Statistics

1919 Sherman County School Statistics

~Grass Valley Journal, February 28, 1919

    54 teachers employed in county

    27 teachers in rural schools

    27 teachers in town schools

    10 teachers in Wasco

    9 teachers in Moro

    8 teachers in Grass Valley

    4 teachers in Kent

    30 school districts in county

    26 rural districts

    4 high school districts

    1 school pays $65 for teacher

    8 schools pay $75

    5 schools pay $80

    7 rural schools pay $90

    5 teachers in town schools get $85

    3 teachers in town schools get $90

    4 teachers in town schools get $95

    7 teachers in town schools get $100

    $81.96 average monthly wage for rural teachers

    $93.75 average monthly wage for town grade teachers

    $100 lowest wage paid for high school teachers in county

    1118 boys and girls in county between ages of 4 and 20

    535 pupils enrolled in town schools

    384 pupils enrolled in rural schools

    919 total enrollment in county for 1918-1919

    192 pupils enrolled in Wasco

    139 pupils enrolled in Moro

    114 pupils enrolled in Grass Valley

    90 pupils enrolled in Kent

    54 high school pupils in Wasco

    49 high school pupils in Moro

    23 high school pupils in Grass Valley

    13 high school pupils in Kent

    140 high school pupils in county

    33 in 8th grade rural schools

    60 in 8th grade town schools

    93 total enrollment in 8th grade.

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