Sherman County eNews #250


  1. The Times-Journal: Governor hears of losses to wild fires; hopes to offer ‘tools for recovery’

  2. The Times-Journal: Area schools are in session, enrollments, new staff noted

  3. Young Farmers and Ranchers of Oregon: Sherman County’s Logan Padget

  4. Common Sense Safety & Security, Unattributed

  5. Responsibility, Character & the Privilege of Bringing Children into the World

  6. Goals: The Long and the Short of It

  7. Sherman County Court News, Aug. 15

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

1.The Times-Journal: Governor hears of losses to wild fires; hopes to offer ‘tools for recovery’

Photo caption: “Governor Kate Brown, second from left, met with about 20 farmers, ranchers and ag related agencies and business owners Thursday, Sept. 13, to learn how the state can help those who suffered losses due to the wild fires that blackened thousands of acres in the region this summer. She learned that the losses are great and that fixing them may be complicated. Pictured at the table with Gov. Brown are, from left, Nate Stice, North Central regional coordinator for Regional Solutions; Gov. Brown; State Representative Daniel Bonham; and Sherman County Commissioner Joe Dabulskis.”

“Governor Kate Brown’s staff and Nate Stice, North Central Region coordinator for the state’s Regional Solutions, organized a meeting of Sherman and Gilliam county landowners and grain dealers who have been affected by the wild fires that raged through the two counties and others during the past two months.

“Gov. Brown came to the area Thursday, Sept. 13, “to listen and learn, and find out how we can find the tools to help you recover.”

“Land-owners from both counties told of lost crops, ground cover, pastures and fencing destroyed by the Jack Knife Fire, Substation Fire, Buck Hollow Fire, and the Stubblefield, Seale, Buckhorn, Lonerock and Jenny’s Peak fires.

“Also sitting in on the session, which was hosted at the Holzapfel/Dabulskis farm north of Wasco, were Wally Powell of the Oregon Wheat League; Kara Lanthorn, county executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Sherman County; Lissa Biehn, county executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency for Wasco and Hood River counties; Jeff Kaser, manager of Mid Columbia Producers; State Representative Daniel Bonham, Wasco County Commissioner Steve Kramer, Sherman County Commissioner Joe Dabulskis and Gilliam County Judge Steve Shaffer.

“Land-owners had questions about financial help for ground cover seeding, road repair, fencing repair and replacement, drought designation programs, EQIP and other current and planned state and federal riparian programs, CRP programs and the Young Farmer program in regards to CRP, grazing leases, and pending deadlines and restrictions on many of the programs currently in place.

“Earlier figures had placed the Substation fire at approximately 80,000 acres and the Stubblefield fire at over 105,000 acres.

“Gov. Brown indicated her staff would follow up on the concerns associated with the federal programs currently in place, both Gov. Brown and Rep. Bonham indicated that her office and the state Legislature are “working on fire policy,” and USDA representatives indicated that the Natural Resource Conservation Service is working on making appropriate seed varieties available for both crop and range land.

“The bottom line, though, as summed up by rancher Darren Padget, is that “it needs to rain.”

2. The Times-Journal: Area schools are in session, enrollments, new staff noted

“Students have been back in school for the second week in Arlington, Condon, Sherman and Fossil schools, and since August 22 in Spray and Mitchell schools.

“Enrollment at Sherman is unofficially at 271 students, with 158 in K-6, 29 in grades 7-8, and 84 in grades 9-12. New staff at the Sherman School in Moro include Jennifer Bomberger, full-time

K-12 counselor; … …. … “ Read all about it in the September 20th edition of The Times-Journal!

3. Young Farmers and Ranchers of Oregon: Sherman County’s Logan Padget

September 19 at 6:58 AM ·

Logan Padget got out his rod weeders yesterday to kill some weeds and make a seedbed for the fall wheat he will be planting in a couple weeks. Pulling five 10 ft weeders on a gang hitch, the wheels drive a chain that turns a 1″ square rod in the reverse direction of forward travel which is set 1-2 inches deep. It uproots the weeds as well as setting a moisture barrier, packing the dirt underneath it and making a dust mulch on top to retain as much water as possible for a dry land summer fallow rotation. They don’t get used often anymore as farming practices east of the Cascades are mostly chemical fallow with no-till seeding these days.

4. Common Sense Safety & Security, Unattributed



Some people left their car in the long-term parking at the airport while away, and someone broke into the car. Using information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, they drove to the people’s home and robbed it. So if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor the remote garage door opener.

  1. GPS:

A car was broken into while the family was at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS unit which had been prominently mounted on the  dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house and used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house and load a truck. If you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in it.  Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else will know where you live. 


This lady has now changed how she lists names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc. Twenty minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says, “I received your text asking about our PIN number and I’ve replied a little while ago.” When they rushed to the bank, the money was already withdrawn. The thief used the stolen cell phone to text “hubby” in the contact list and got the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.


While grocery-shopping at a local mall and a woman left her purse sitting in the child’s seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf. Wait! Read on! Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call from Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers. She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home, her house had been burglarized. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it. 

  Moral lessons: 

  1. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.
  2. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back. 
  3. Also, when you’re being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet “family and friends” who text you.

5. Responsibility, Character & the Privilege of Bringing Children into the World

The privilege of bringing children into the world carries with it the responsibility of teaching them the fundamentals of sound character. One of life’s greatest joys is the sense of wonder that accompanies the arrival of a tiny new human being into the world. But that joy is accompanied by a tremendous responsibility that perfectly encapsulates the need for personal initiative. You can provide children with all the physical advantages of a good childhood, but unless you strive to set a good example for them to follow, you will know only dismay as they reach adulthood and blossom into purposeless drifters. Your personal initiative, whether or not you are raising a child, must always incorporate exemplary behavior. You cannot take ethical shortcuts, big or small, without other people observing them and assuming that this behavior is something you wouldn’t mind having turned back on yourself. Certainly you will make mistakes, but if you have always striven for the best course, others will remember it and treat you accordingly. ~The Napoleon Hill Foundation

6. Goals: The Long and the Short of It

Some people say that long-term goals are the kind you need to set if you really want to get anywhere. Other people say that long-term goals are too distant to get their arms around. Here’s another way to look at short- and long-term goals, and it’s backed up by research out of Stanford University as well as other leading edge studies.

The best kind of goals to have is a combination of short- and long-term. If you have only long-term goals, you may find it rough going. The realities of life are that most of us have many pressing goals in the present – things we must get done on a daily and weekly basis in order to avoid unpleasant consequences. These things often cause us to put off the long-term goals – and put them off, and put them off. Also, we may become demoralized because we don’t see ourselves accomplishing or achieving anything right now. It can seem very difficult to keep a long-term goal in focus, especially when it doesn’t seem like we are making much progress.

On the other hand, if you have only short-term goals, you may feel fragmented, or lacking in a sense of overall direction and purpose. Short-term goals become more of a “to do list” than the building blocks they can be. However, when you combine short-term and long-term, you have the best of both.

So by all means, set long-term goals. But set goals that you can accomplish in the near future, too. Your eventual goal may be to be financially independent. But what can you do today, this week, and this month to move you closer to that desired end-result? It may be having an extra $20, $50 or $100 to put into a savings account. Your long-term goal may be to graduate with honors, but this week your goal is to get an “A” on a math test.

You get the idea. Combine long- and short-term goals if you are really determined to make something happen. They work together to get you where you want to be. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Sherman County Court News, Aug. 15

ShermanCoLogoContact: Kayla von Borstel 541-565-3416

Courthouse Update, Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Contact & Veterans, Emergency Weed Control Funding on Deschutes Burned Land, Fiber Next Steps, MORE Agreement: Interagency Agreement, and Executive for Real Property Transactions were the main items on the agenda during the August 1st session of Sherman County Court in Moro.

Ron McDermid, Steering Committee, reported the Courthouse project would be coming in under the $9.3 million County budget. The majority of funds were provided by the County, however there was $100,000 awarded from the Energy Trust of Oregon and Court Security dedicated funds. The hope will be to have $10,000 – $100,000 remaining after project completion. Installing the new Weed District shop, as it had become displaced, took $400,000-$500,000 that wasn’t originally part of the budget. The storage shed will also be remodeled to allow sufficient room to store documents, and extra items, with a heating and cooling system, including a workshop for the County Custodian. Courthouse dedication was set for September 7th, 2018. No ribbon cutting will be done as the building has been in use for many months. Pamphlets were being made with the agenda by Justice Court staff to include Courthouse history, description of project and its features, and listed acknowledgment to all parties involved with the project. Throughout this project the County achieved the path to net zero energy efficiency standard, which means the project included enough environmentally conscious elements. Ron presented a resolution to dedicate the Courthouse facility to the people of Sherman County honoring those who preceded us taking great care of the facility never letting it go into disrepair, and to inspire future generations. Court motioned to approve the resolution in the matter of dedicating the Sherman County Courthouse Facility to the community on September 7, 2018 in honor of those who have preceded us and to inspire future generations and authorize County Court to sign.

Bryan Hunt, Veterans Officer, spoke with the Court on his difficulty reaching someone at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional (NORCOR) facility. Bryan has emailed the NORCOR Administrator, multiple times and has not received a response. Bryan would like to spend time doing outreach from our County within the NORCOR facility, and to see what he can do for the inmates that are veterans. He would like their intake form to add that option of marking if they have been in the service. Wasco County does not have much for Veteran’s outreach; Judge Thompson believed it would be a good idea for Bryan to reach out to all Veteran’s, not just those who belong to Sherman County. It was suggested he speak with Sheriff Lohrey on the intake process, try contacting NORCOR again to see how Bryan can fit into the programs already being implemented as he needs to provide services, and to request to be on the next NORCOR agenda. Brief discussion held meeting in Compensation Board for the Veteran’s Officer on September 15th, 2018.

Rod Asher, Weed District, spoke on his concerns on the Lower Deschutes burned by the Substation fire, and with how aggressive weeds are reemerging. Currently, Daniel (Dan) Son has been working with a group on the Lower Deschutes but due to the devastation of the fire, Rod was in need of extra employees for a ten week period, to help with weed control in that area. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Bureau of Land Management, own a significant amount of land in that area, and plan to aerial broadcast this fall to help prevent the return of Cheatgrass and Medusahead Rye. Rod was seeking an emergency request for approval from one to three additional employees; if three were hired, it would cost the County $21,000, making a crew of six. Rod presented pictures of weeds returning two weeks after the fire, many skeletonweed and rosettes are reemerging and flowering in the burned area of the riparian zone. Court motioned to approve hiring an additional three seasonal employees to work from September 4, 2018-November 9, 2018 in the amount of $21,000 to assist the Weed District in controlling noxious weeds on the Lower Deschutes due to regrowth post wildfire. Discussion held on obtaining a warrant for entry after denial of access on property.

Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, gave an update on the meeting held the week prior with the attorneys, Gorge Net, County, and the Cities representative on the Fiber project next steps. The meeting primarily focused on creating construction and operating agreements with Gorge Net, County, Cities, and Biggs Service District. These agreements will detail out such things as expectation from the Cities, space for equipment, and operations. Dan Bubb, Gorge Net, and his attorney, will be providing the operating agreement for review, while County Counsel provides the construction agreement, and the Cities agreements with the County for financing, as the County will be the fiscal agent. The Cities are required to pay the County 10% of the total cost for their specific community as match funds to Gorge Net. County Court stated if the Regional Infrastructure grant is not awarded, the Cities will need to implement some sort of fee to help offset total costs. Seth von Borstel, Cities Representative, voiced some concerns on the County requiring Cities to pay back more than the 10% originally set if the grant doesn’t come through; the Cities thought the County agreed to fill any expense gap which solidified all Cities joining the project. Commissioner McCoy respectfully disagreed and stated the County would get the project implemented as Gorge Net was ready to start, not to fully fund the project. Kayla von Borstel, Administrative Assistant, will go back through minutes to clarify. Discussion was held on the Cities providing funds to help offset the cost only if funds come back to the Cities from Gorge Net if Gorge Net reaches their 70% threshold rate.

Gorge Net has started construction in Moro in good faith until the contracts can be completed; once Moro is completed they will work on Grass Valley until the construction window closes for the year. Gorge Net presumes it will cost $40,000 upfront to get started and purchase equipment for Moro and Grass Valley. The County will be billed by per community system completed. A conflict of interest will also need to be signed as Counsel represents two of the Cities and the County as well.

Mark Coles, Road Department, spoke to the Court on the MORE (Managing Oregon Resources Efficiently) Agreement which is the ability under statutes and ORS for interagencies to share man power, equipment, material, knowledge, etc. legally, and allows interagencies to come up with a price or the ability to deny a request. The agreement gives the County more flexibility gaining help from others. County Court asked if this is something that can be used for the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant; Mark responded he believed so. Court motioned to approve the MORE (Managing Oregon Resources Efficiently) Intergovernmental Agreement between Sherman County Road Department and 68 total agencies for resources and services, pending legal counsel approval, and authorize County Court to sign.

Court motioned by to enter into Executive Session in Accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (e) Real Property Negotiations. Entered into Executive Session at 11:03 a.m. to discuss the Golden Hills SIP renegotiation; exited Executive Session at 11:28 a.m.

Actions taken by the Court included:

  • appointed Mike McArthur to the Senior Advisory Council to fulfill the remaining term for Sharon Chard.
  • approved payment of the residual expenses for 2017-2018 in the amount of $244.14 for the Eastern Oregon Counties Association.
  • authorized to hire Bob Thomas as a contract employee to be the County Trapper, and authorize Judge Thompson to negotiate terms of a 5 year contract including a 1 year probationary period.
  • approved Special Session minutes of July 10, 2018, as presented.
  • approved the Revenue/Expenditure Summary for the month of July 2018, as presented.

Topics of discussion were Wildlife Damage and Pest Control Proposal, Building Codes, E-News Frontier TeleNet Editorial, and Commissioner Reports.

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