Sherman County eNews #238


  1. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

  2. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Fall Grant Cycle

  3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Sept. 18

  4. Notice. Sherman County Court, Sept. 19

  5. Notice. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online, July 18

  6. Finding a Clear Purpose

  7. Sherman County Emergency Services August Activity Reports

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

Participate in the process of your community and country.

One person can make a difference.

Take a stand.

Do something about it.

Look hard at your larger community

–it may need your specific participation.

–Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

1. Sherman Development League Grant/Loan Applications

Sherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms are now available for projects and/or programs in Sherman County. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations. Organizations that have received a grant from SDL are not eligible to apply until their current grant requirements have been met. Revolving loan funds are also available to for-profit entities and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2018, and grants will be awarded by February 1, 2019.

To receive appropriate grant/loan application forms, please submit a letter of request which includes:

• A brief description of your project.
• State if the project is a capital expenditure, one-time program or pilot project, emergency assistance or a loan request.
• Identify the type of organization requesting funding.

Mail or email requests to:

Sherman Development League, Inc.
P.O. Box 11
Moro, OR 97039

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

2. Sherman County Cultural Coalition 2018 Fall Grant Cycle

teamworkManyHandsThe Sherman County Cultural Coalition is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fall Grant Cycle. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups and need not be legally recognized non-profits.

Application Deadline: September 28, 2018

Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County.

Additional information including Grant Guidelines and the application form, may be found at:

Completed grant applications may be mailed to:

Sherman County Cultural Coalition
P.O. Box 23
Moro, OR 97039

Or emailed to:

Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or

 3. Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators’ Meeting, Sept. 18

 Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will hold their first meeting of their year at noon, the 18th, at the Hood River Elks, 3rd & Cascade Ave.  First year retirees from Sherman, Wasco & Hood River Counties are especially extended an invitation to attend the meeting. Of particular interest this year will be the “travelogues” from individual Unit 20 members.

Special guests will be Larry Wagner, State OREA 1st VP and John Schoppert, this year’s Unit 20 scholarship recipient. Dues will also be collected at this time with the exception of first year retirees.  Additional details from 541-478-3429 if needed. 

4. Notice. Sherman County Court, Sept. 19

ShermanCoLogoThe Sherman County Court session scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  This session will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon, 97039. The agenda, including updates, will be posted on the Sherman County Website at 

5. Notice. Sherman County Court Approved Minutes Online, July 18

Approved minutes for the July 18, 2018 Regular Session are now available in the Archive of County Court Meeting Minutes

6. Finding a Clear Purpose

Let’s look today at the idea of purpose and how this idea can help you as you continually move toward a better life

Associates of The Pacific Institute have put a lot of time and energy into helping other people develop and strengthen their own clear purpose. Sometimes we call it a goal or a vision, but no matter what we call it, it has tremendous power, especially when it is very clear and we – as individuals, groups, teams, organizations – strengthen and affirm it over and over.

The “catch” in creating a clear purpose is to actually make it clear. If it’s too vague, nothing much will happen. It’s a little like the person who says, “All my life I’ve wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific!” The good news is, it isn’t too late to get specific.

You see, a specific purpose that you care deeply about gives you tremendous energy and tremendous resources. Our awareness gets kicked into over-drive, helping us see more than we would without the goal. There are thousands of stories, every day, about people who have accomplished amazing things out of a strong sense of purpose. Most of them are everyday heroes. You may not read about them in the papers, Facebook posts or see them in YouTube videos, but they are heroes, nevertheless.

What about you? What’s your purpose? If you’re not sure, ask yourself some questions: What do I value? To what do I devote my time and energy? Is my purpose survival, or something more? Has it changed from what it used to be? How might it be different in the future? Or maybe it’s something as simple as, “What can I do to help?”

There is need everywhere we look. It’s a matter of opening up our awareness to understand where our purpose fits another’s need. So, start today to be the everyday hero of your own purposeful life. Almost anything is possible! ~The Pacific Institute

7. Sherman County Emergency Services August Activity Reports

~Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Manager

Sherman County Ambulance

August 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
8-02 9:53 AM Dislocated Hip Moro
8-06 3:31 PM Chest Pain Burnet Extension Building in Moro
8-07 9:06 PM Back Pain Grass Valley
8-08 7:30 PM Dehydration Mack’s Canyon
8-09 7:46 AM Seizure Wasco
8-09 4:04 PM Dehydration Biggs Junction
8-10 10:00 PM Back Pain Moro
8-14 11:27 AM Chest Pain Grass Valley
8-15 3:04 AM Unknown Illness Biggs
8-15 2:43 PM Unknown Illness Moro
8-15 5:41 PM Suicidal Male / Chest Pain Biggs
8-16 11:21 AM Extremely Low Blood Pressure John Day Dam
8-18 6:03 PM Overdose 3 Rivers Motel in Biggs
8-21 5:50 PM Structure Fire Grass Valley
8-23 12:11 PM Medical Alert Wasco
8-24 4:00 PM Football Standby Sherman County School
8-24 7:00 PM Bull Riding Standby Fair
8-25 7:00 PM Demolition Derby Standby Fair
8-26 10:11 AM Fainting Moro
8-27 6:15 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 32
8-27 9:52 PM Fainting Moro
8-28 1:38 PM Fainting Moro
8-28 4:02 PM Lift Assist Rufus
8-29 10:08 AM Seizure Wasco
8-29 12:56 PM 2 Vehicle Head-On Crash I-84  MP# 104

 Moro Fire Department

August 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
8/11 2:16 PM Grass Fire I-84  MP# 104  Biggs
8/12 11:38 AM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP# 16.7
8/13 2:21 PM Grass Fire 66101 US 97  Moro

North Sherman County RFPD

August 2018 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
8-01 11:56 AM Vehicle Fire I-84  MP# 102
8-09 7:46 am Ambulance Assist Wasco
8-11 2:09 PM Grass Fire I-84  MP# 103
8-13 2:22 PM Grass Fire 66101 Hwy 97  Moro
8-15 5:41 PM Medical Assist McDonalds at Biggs
8-21 5:52 PM Shop Fire 61102 Stradley Rd. Grass Valley
8-29 12:52 PM Motor Vehicle Crash – Head-on I-84  MP# 104

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

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The surprising link between stress and memory

Signs of Dementia

Nations Granting Birthright Citizenship

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Should Be Impeached for Lying

Grammar. Are you angry or rankled?

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Sherman County eNews #237


pencil.sharpEditorial: Let’s Ask the Candidates for Sherman County Judge

The campaign signs are up! It’s time for Sherman County voters to ask Joe Dabulskis and Mike Smith, candidates for the position of County Judge, a few questions. It’s the responsible thing to do!

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Just ask!

QUALIFICATIONS for County Judge w/Juvenile Jurisdiction.

  • Let’s get acquainted. Tell me about yourself, your principles and values, education, employment and military and public service.
  • Why do you want this responsibility?
  • What have you accomplished in your current position or positions?
  • What one quality or skill makes you the most qualified for the position of county judge with juvenile jurisdiction?
  • Describe your qualifications for governance, planning and policy development.
  • Describe your qualifications for serving as juvenile judge.
  • Describe your participation in county activities.
  • What do you like best about serving on a team, committee or board of commissioners?
  • What are your thoughts about Sherman County’s future?


  • Has the county court ever made use of regularly scheduled long-range planning sessions to avoid bouncing from one reactionary decision to another?
  • Your thoughts on planning?
  • What are the county’s top three or four priorities? How were they determined?
  • Is county government, as currently funded and staffed, sustainable?
  • What can the county government do better?
  • How many people are employed by Sherman County government?
  • What is the population of the county? Is growth predicted?


  • Describe the Strategic Investment Program (SIP) (wind energy dollars) and changes we can expect in future revenue.
  • Does the County continue to reserve a percentage of wind farm revenue?
  • Name three or four SIP-funded projects. 


  • What are your ideas for economic development?
  • How has the Sherman County Fiber Project improved our economic development?
  • What is your position on local government competition with private enterprise – internet services, weed control, housing, senior center meals and news services, for example?


  • Does Sherman County’s Fiber belong to Sherman County or is it part of Frontier TeleNet? Who owns, manages and maintains it?
  • How is it funded? How much has been spent? Are additional funds needed?
  • How many Internet Service Providers use Sherman County’s fiber?
  • Are county government offices connected?
  • Are the Sherman County School and Sherman County Public/School Library connected to Sherman County fiber?
  • Will the fiber serve everyone in the county? Explain.
  • How has the Fiber Project improved our economic development?
  • What, specifically, is in it for me?


Frontier TeleNet, a Chapter 190 organization, has been a very successful Wheeler, Sherman and Gilliam communications service partnership. Three county judges serve on the board and contract for the services of Jeanne Burch, Day Wireless, Rob Myers, Connections, LLC aka Mike Smith, and Management Resources LLC aka Dan Devlin.

  • What are the counties going to do about the administration of Frontier TeleNet? It’s clear that Day Wireless, a contracting firm, is calling the shots; it’s equally clear that this is not an appropriate long-range management plan.
  • What actions have Frontier TeleNet board members taken in response to the recommendations made in the 2017 management and operations assessment?
  • When will Frontier TeleNet’s new website provide current information and 2018 board meeting minutes?
  • Federal E-Rate dollars follow Internet Service Providers that serve schools and libraries. What is the status of the $900,000 reportedly owed to Frontier TeleNet?


  • How was Rural Technology Group selected to provide internet service?
  • How many Sherman County residents subscribe?
  • Does the county subsidize Rural Technology Group?


Frontier Regional 911 Agency is a very successful four-county emergency dispatch organization. Board members are four county sheriffs and four county representatives. Frontier TeleNet provides its emergency communications system.

  • A 911 call center in Sherman County has been proposed. What is the need?


  • What is your position on funding public parks? Partnerships?
    • Sherman County’s DeMoss Springs Memorial Park?
    • S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philippi Park on the John Day River?
    • S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Giles L. French Park?
    • Cottonwood Canyon State Park? Facilities? Communication towers?
    • Sherman County Fairgrounds Proposed Event Center.
  • What is your position on weed control for local, county, state and federal lands and private contracts?

You’ll think of others! Call the candidates! Joe Dabulskis 541-442-5548 | Mike Smith 541-306-1202. Ask!