Sherman County eNews #215


  1. Notice. Sherman County Court, Aug. 15

  2. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Aug. 17

  3. Sherman County Fair Ranch Cattle Sorting Competition, Aug. 17

  4. Sherman County Fair 4-H Horse Show, Aug. 20

  5. Welcome to the Sherman County Fair, Aug. 22-26

  6. Notice. Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Meeting, Aug. 20

  7. Employment in Oregon July 2018

  8. Contribution of the Unselfish Spirit

  9. When I am an Old Woman

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

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

1. Notice. Sherman County Court, Aug. 15

ShermanCoLogoSherman County Court will meet on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 11:00 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) (e) Real Property Transactions for the purpose of renegotiating the Golden Hills Project.

2. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting, Aug. 17

Frontier TeleNet board meeting will be this Friday in Fossil. Please note the time change for this one meeting at 1:00 PM.


Call To Order & Director Roll Call

2.0 Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda

3.0 Minutes Review and Approval

4.0 Financials Review and Approval

5.0 IT and System updates and progress report

6.0 Business and Marketing report

 Gorge Net update on Sherman fiber

 Sherman County Reporter article

 Windfarm connection

 Grey Guns connection

 Lone Rock antenna issue resolution

 Windwave meeting

 Master Service Agreement with Inland Dev.

 Generator service approved

 Erskine site work

 Wasco 911

 RFP progress

 John Day wireless upgrade

 Potential meeting date and time change

7.0 Other items for the good of the order

8.0 Public Input/Comment

9.0 Next Meeting

10.0 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

3. Sherman County Fair Ranch Cattle Sorting Competition, Aug. 17

horse.cattlesortingDon’t miss this awesome event at 7 p.m. on August 17th! The Sherman County Fair Ranch Sorting in Moro, Oregon, is a great, family friendly evening of horsey fun. Added money and prizes for the top teams!  Classes: Open (everyone!), Pro/Novice (a team of one money winning and one beginner sorter), Family, and Draw Pot. Contact Carrie for more information: 541-980-7394.

4. Sherman County Fair 4-H Horse Show, Aug. 20

4-H clover1The 4-H Horse Show on Monday, August 20th at 10 a.m. includes showmanship, English & Western Equitation, Trail Horse and 4-H Gaming. 4-H exhibitors compete in age appropriate classes with required tack and attire as described in the Sherman County Fair Premium book. Trail Horse contestants will face six to ten timed obstacles to earn points for a final score. The 4-H Ranch Horse program teaches riders to safely handle their horses and cattle in working situations by successfully completing a series of advancements. 4-H Western Games on horseback, individual in nature and timed are Figure 8, Barrels, Key Race, Pole Bending and Flag Race.

5. Welcome to the Sherman County Fair, Aug. 22-26 Sherman County Fair board welcomes you all to the 2018 Fair! This year is going to be an exceptionally fun fair with all the fun activities planned for your family enjoyment.

The 4-H, FFA and community members’ projects and activities for all ages will entertain.  We will have Longhorn steers, Mutton Bustin,’ and a mechanical bull.  Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the yearly Bull Riding Challenge of Champions Tour.  We made some changes and will be having the Demolition Derby on Saturday night! Can’t wait to see everyone during the fair. 

~Sherman County Fair Board Vice Chair Shandie Johnson… Chairman Bryce Coelsch, Bert Perisho, Rick Jauken Jr., Tom Rolfe and Amanda Whitman.

6. Notice. Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Meeting, Aug. 20

Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Meeting

Monday August 20, 2018

The Dalles Campus – Board Room, Building 1, Room 1.162

Work Session 5 p.m.

Regular Meeting 6 p.m.

7. Contribution of the Unselfish Spirit

Everyone likes to give and receive gifts, and it doesn’t need to be only at a holiday time. Today, let’s talk about that most precious of gifts – you.

Did you know that you have a gift that no one else in the world possesses? Maybe you have already discovered it. Your gift is your ability to live a life that expresses your unique personality and your individual talents through the work that you choose to do, the way you spend your free time and through your relationships. Your gift is what you bring to the table, to make the world around you a better place for others.

Although it may seem hidden at first, when you search for your gift with an open mind and a free spirit, it will be there. Once you have found it, if you follow it with courage and persistence, it will reward you with happiness and a deep satisfaction that nothing else can provide. You see, it is in contribution that we truly understand the power in giving and contribution becomes a profoundly fulfilling way to live one’s life.

Now, it doesn’t matter how big or important your gift is. All that matters is that it is yours and that you are free to give it. When you do give it, it doesn’t deplete you – it validates and fills you, because giving reaffirms the meaning of life. It is a true hallmark of the unselfish spirit.

It’s hard to go comparison-shopping when it comes to finding your special gift, because you can’t try on someone else’s life. But in order to really live your own life, you need to be willing to listen to your heart, pay whatever it costs, and make a firm commitment not to turn back.

If you do these things, you will find your gift, and you will also find that you have more to give to others than you had ever dreamed possible. ~The Pacific Institute

8. Employment in Oregon July 2018

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s June unemployment rate was 4.0 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate exactly matched Oregon’s rate in both months: 3.9 percent in July and 4.0 percent in June.

During the past two years, Oregon’s unemployment rate has been remarkably low and steady. The rate was either 4.1 percent or 4.2 percent each month stretching from January 2017 to May 2018. The most recent two months are still close to that level, but have edged down to 4.0 percent in June and 3.9 percent in July.

Oregon’s economy is growing faster than previously thought. Payroll employment figures covering the spring and early summer show bigger job gains than the numbers released four weeks ago indicated. In July, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment rose by 5,400 jobs, following a revised over-the-month gain of 6,600 jobs in June.

Monthly job gains in July were concentrated in retail trade (+1,900 jobs), construction (+1,700), and health care and social assistance (+1,400). The only major industry performing below seasonal expectations was government, which cut 2,200 jobs.

Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 45,300 jobs, or 2.4 percent, since July 2017. This growth was substantially more rapid than was previously indicated in the jobs estimates released last month. Oregon’s gains over the past 12 months were largest, by far, in construction, which added 11,000 jobs, expanding by 11.2 percent. Over the year, several other major industries each added more than 6,000 jobs, while growing faster than 3 percent: leisure and hospitality (+8,100 jobs, or 3.9%); manufacturing (+6,300 jobs, or 3.3%); professional and business services (+7,900 jobs, or 3.2%); and health care and social assistance (+7,600 jobs, or 3.2%). Some industries remained close to their year-ago job totals, including information (+200 jobs, or 0.6%); retail trade (+600 jobs, or 0.3%); government (-800 jobs, or -0.3%); and wholesale trade (-600 jobs, or 0.8%). ~

9. When I am an Old Woman

By Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick flowers in other people’s gardens And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

And eat three pounds of sausages at a go

Or only bread and pickle for a week

And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

And pay our rent and not swear in the street

And set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

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

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