Sherman County eNews #214


  1. Sherman County Preschool Enrollment, One Opening

  2. NOTICE. Sherman County Court, Aug. 20

  3. Oregon Farm Bureau Calls for Oregon Agriculture Photos

  4. Impulses: The Good, the Bad and the Maybe

  5. Farm Bill Facts in a Nut Shell

  6. Active Duty Military Metrics

  7. Editorial. Cell Phone Coverage for Cottonwood Canyon State Park?

1. Sherman County Preschool Enrollment, One Opening

Sherman County Preschool has one spot still available for the upcoming school year! School starts September 5th and for parent’s convenience there will be an afternoon bus offered with a stop in Moro & Wasco. If you have a child who is 3-5 years old as of September 1st and interested in attending preschool, please contact the preschool immediately. 541-565-3320 or

2. NOTICE. Sherman County Court, Aug. 20

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court will meet on Monday, August 20, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039 in executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (a) Employment for the purpose of holding interviews for Sherman County Counsel position.

3. Oregon Farm Bureau Calls for Oregon Agriculture Photos

Through Sept. 15, Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit their best photos of Oregon agriculture for a chance to be featured in the 2019 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the crops, the cultivation, the landscape, anything that depicts the beauty, culture, enjoyment, technology, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

“What makes the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar so special is that the images are sourced from the public,” said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. “Oregon agriculture is an inspiring, visually interesting subject for photographers.

“We’re looking for what I call ‘gaze-worthy’ images, photos that you can enjoy for a month as the calendar hangs on the wall,” said Moss.

The Oregon’s Bounty Calendar is mailed to nearly 70,000 Farm Bureau members around the state and thousands more are distributed throughout the year. It’s an exceptional opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers to get their work shown broadly.

Horizontal-layout, high-resolution images — both close-ups and panoramic shots — are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons. Subject ideas include rural scenery; scenes from farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, on-farm events, county fairs, and rodeos; portraits of farmers, ranchers, kids, and farm families; planting or harvest shots; and close-ups of fruits, vegetables, flowers, crops in the field, and farm animals.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, and there’s no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

As thanks for participating, everyone who submits photos with their mailing address will receive a complimentary copy of the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar. Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon’s Bounty, along with six runners up, will receive a photo credit in the calendar and numerous copies.

Images can be submitted in three ways:

  1. Email photos to:, (Note that our email server has a file size limit of 10mb. You may need to send photos individually).
  2. Upload photos to OFB’s dropbox at
  3. Mail a thumb drive, disc, or printed photos to OFB, attn: Anne Marie Moss, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301.

See past calendars and get more information at

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grass roots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon at the county level in 1919 and the state level in 1932, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties. For more information, contact Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at, 503.399.1701.

4. Impulses: The Good, the Bad and the Maybe

Have you ever gone shopping to buy just one or two things and come home with a couple of bags full? Let’s talk about the pros and cons of making impulsive decisions.

Do you ever act on your impulses, or make spontaneous decisions to do things? Most of us know that acting on impulse can have negative consequences, like when you are in the grocery store or investing large amounts of money. But did you know it could also be very positive?

Let’s dig a little deeper. You see, an impulse is nothing more than an urge to do something. It is a suggestion from your subconscious that suddenly surfaces in your conscious mind and, as such, it deserves to be considered. In fact, carrying impulses into action can be a good way to become goal-oriented. Of course, it can also be a way to get into serious trouble. So how do you decide whether to act on an impulse?

Try asking yourself if the impulse feels like it could be in harmony with the person you most want to be. If the answer is no, nip it in the bud, or at least defer it. If the answer is yes, do it and do it as soon as possible, because procrastination is the death of too many wonderful impulses.

Now, if you can’t come up with an immediate answer, you have arrived in the Land of Maybe. “Maybe” can be as effective as a “no” response, and only you can decide if this is a good or a bad thing. However, “maybe” can also be the springboard for further thought. “Maybe” can be a signal that perhaps a little self-reflection is in order, to decide on who you want to be. You see, it is vital to a fulfilled life to know who you are, and if that’s not enough, who you want to be.

If the impulse can’t be acted on immediately, you now have the opportunity to set a goal and create a clear mental image of the end-result you most want to bring about. Affirm and re-visit that picture every day. With the fuel of vivid sensory details and a determined spirit, you will begin to see some extraordinary positive changes in your life. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Farm Bill Facts in a Nut Shell

Farm Bill Facts

1933 – first Farm Bill

17 Farm Bills passed since 1933.

September 2018 – current Farm Bill expires.

½ of all land in the U.S. is used for agriculture-crops, forest, pasture and range.

Farm income has been cut in half in the last 5 years.

The Farm Bill is ONE of the most important pieces of legislation that Congress deals with.

80% of the Farm Bill supports the S.N.A.P. program (food assistance).

ALL of the rural population in America is affected by the Farm Bill.

~Stuart Truelson, Capital Press, July 6, 2018.

6. Active Duty Military Metrics

American flag20.5 Percent of the U.S. population serving on active duty – 1.29 million.

84 Percent of Marine recruits age 20 or younger.

64 Percent of enlisted recruits who come from middle-class neighborhoods.

19 Percent of enlisted recruits who come from impoverished neighborhoods.

17 Percent of enlisted recruits who come from high-affluence neighborhoods.

16 Percent of enlisted forces who are women.

~The American Legion Magazine, August 2018.

7. Editorial. Cell Phone Coverage for Cottonwood Canyon State Park?

pencil.sharpThe Cottonwood Canyon State Park website has the answer: “Q. Is there cell phone coverage? A. No. There is no cell phone coverage at the park, including the campground, day-use area and river trails. Do not rely on cell phones for emergency communications.”

The most recent Frontier TeleNet update stated that Frontier TeleNet’s target was to have the emergency communication tower up and working “before fire season 2018.”

So what happened? You decide.

  1. Sherman County received $375,000 from the state for development of the Cottonwood Canyon State Park [Cottonwood] communication tower site.


  1. These funds were sent to Frontier TeleNet [FTN] for the construction and implementation of a cell communication tower essential to emergency services.


  1. In September, as a separate matter, the FTN board considered a proposal to contract with a marketing/sales specialist for $80,000/year to recruit call center clients and Internet Service Providers, among other things. In October, FTN unanimously approved a contract with Michael Smith dba Connections LLC, for $6,250/month.

On the job, contractor Smith cited progress on tower site selection, funding, radio quotes and permits. He noted how critical tower communication is for emergency services at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. 

  1. Another year rolled around. FTN updates for June, July and August cited continued progress, land use permitting, cell phone company interest … and plans for the tower site, a taller tower, and approval for radio frequencies. October’s update mentioned a lease and a permit, a license forthcoming, and a project within budget. Park rangers reported increases in overnight and day visitors, a substantial rise in repeat visitors at Cottonwood and J.S. Burres State Park, and 71,000 vehicles through the gates compared to 63,000 the previous year.


  1. In January Mac Stinchfield inquired about the status of the towers. FTN contractor Smith replied that a landowner contract was pending, Motorola was building radios, the tower site was within the “utility strip” and the Wild and Scenic River Act should not impact the project. He hoped to have the tower up and running in the next six months because emergency and internet service is necessary for the park. In February, he hoped to have towers up and running by fire season 2018. In March, the equipment was here and he hoped to have it completed by summer. In May and June, a National Environmental Policy Act study was underway for which FTN approved $14,100.

What happened? We, the people, paid for more hope, delay, excuses and updates than real nose-to-the-grindstone planning, work and competence. We must not be deceived by cart-before-the-horse procrastination, blame and smooth talk.

When will we have the results, communication towers at Cottonwood? The fire season is not over yet.

It’s not surprising, then, that candidate Mike Smith did not mention or describe his year-and-a-half’s accomplishments as a contractor for Frontier TeleNet during the primary election debate in Wasco this spring or on his campaign flyer.