Sherman County eNews #257


  1. The Other Oregon – A Voice for Rural Oregon, a New Quarterly Magazine

  2. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Emergency Executive Session, Oct. 1

  3. Is your nonprofit considering an end-of-year fundraising campaign?

  4. Capital Chatter: First Gubernatorial Debate Set for Tuesday, Oct. 2

  5. Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  6. Fear of Success – Really?

  7. Poetry on the Road! Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford Announces Fall Schedule

“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

1. The Other Oregon – A Voice for Rural Oregon, a New Quarterly Magazine

Print editions of The Other Oregon – TOO – are being delivered this week to 5,000 key decision makers in Oregon. If you would like to receive our next edition or sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, please contact Publisher Kathryn Brown In the meantime, enjoy a digital copy on our website:

The Other Oregon: “We believe there is really just one Oregon. We are interconnected and we’re all in this together. We wish there wasn’t an urban-rural divide.  We want to help create a more robust urban-rural interface — where urban Oregonians have connections to rural Oregonians, and vice versa. This magazine is an important step in that direction.”

2. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Emergency Executive Session, Oct. 1

Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice

Non-regular other meeting pursuant to Frontier TeleNet Bylaws for issues requiring immediate attention

2:30 p.m. – Monday, October 1, 2018

Sherman County OSU Extension office conference room 66365 Lone Rock Rd, Moro, Oregon


  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Executive Session to be held pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(f) and/or ORS 192.660(2)(h) in connection with: (i) the failure of the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) to disburse 2017 Funding Year E-rate program monies owed to Frontier; and, (ii) USAC’s delay in processing a 2018 Funding Year E-rate program funding request award to Frontier.
  3. Adjourn Meeting.

The meeting location is accessible for persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities may be made by contacting: Mike Smith at 541-306-1202 or

3. Is your nonprofit considering an end-of-year fundraising campaign?

Are You Considering an End-of-Year Campaign?

With the end of the year approaching, many nonprofit organizations may be considering launching an End-of-Year Campaign to capture donations as the calendar year closes out. Here are some articles to provide some food for thought on how you plan the campaign and some tips to carry it out.

–End Your Fiscal Year Strong: 3 Campaign Ideas <> –

–Year End Giving: The Step-by-Step Guide for Nonprofits <> –

–A Nonprofit’s Guide to #GivingTuesday and End of Year Fundraising <> –

4. Capital Chatter: First Gubernatorial Debate Set for Tuesday, Oct. 2

The first gubernatorial debate is Tuesday and young people will ask the questions.

Children First for Oregon, Pamplin Media Group and KOIN-TV are presenting the 7 p.m. debate at Roosevelt High School.

The “Debate for Oregon’s Future” will feature the three major-party candidates for governor: Democrat Brown, Republican Buehler and Independent Patrick Starnes.

Children First for Oregon, the founding sponsor, solicited applications from children and youth who were interested in participating.

Portlanders asking the questions will be Jeremy Clark, 14; Shimon Dasgupta, 16; Genesis Gomez, 12; Rose Lawrence, 15; Deja Presseur, 16; Viktoria Rosqvist, 19; Ja Neciya Ross, 15; Adi Solomon, 15; and Tosha Kitungano, 17.

Other participants will be Olivia Cooper, 17, Prineville; Brian Josephson, 18, Medford; McKeely Miller, 17, John Day; Sal Najjar, 16, Tigard; Kai Schrosk, 15, Colton; Justin Thach, 17, Salem; and Dazon Sigo, 17, Pendleton.

Jeff Gianola of KOIN and John Schrag of Pamplin Media Group conducted a training session with them last weekend.

This may be the only debate that includes people east of the Cascades. Brown dismissed Buehler’s suggestion of having two debates in each of Oregon’s five congressional districts. She agreed to only two other debates, Oct. 4 in Medford and Oct. 9 in Portland.

Voters: Independent-minded voters will determine the outcome. As of last month, 2,706,777 Oregonians were registered to vote, a 3 percent increase from July. They included 958,884 Democrats, 700,368 Republicans, 120,989 Independent Party members and, most important, 863,118 who did not choose a party affiliation. The remaining voters were registered with minor parties.

The number of voters ranges from 522,409 in Multnomah County to 997 in Wheeler County.

To see more voter statistics and state information about the Nov. 6 General Election, go to

Dick Hughes, who writes the weekly Capital Chatter column, has been covering the Oregon political scene since 1976. Contact him at,, or  

5. Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  • 0:Times that former Trailblazers center and 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley says he saw Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Supreme Court nominee, get black-out drunk in college at Yale, according to Buzzfeed News.
  • 2:Percentage of Oregonians who were uninsured in 2017, according to The Oregonian.
  • $640,000:Funding opponents of a state ballot measure to restrict government funding for abortions have raised, according to OPB.
  • $30,000:Funding supporters have raised.
  • 80 million:Approximate views that a Nike ad featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who was rebuked for kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racism and police brutality — got on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, as part of a “groundbreaking new advertising campaign” by the Beaverton apparel empire, according to The New York Times.
  • 769:Vineyards in Oregon, according to The Associated Press. Oregon winegrowers are raising concerns that out-of-state vintners using terms associated with Oregon on their labels, could tarnish Oregon’s reputation as a source of world-class wines
  • 22:Oregon beers that won prizes at the Great American Beer Festival, “the largest and most prestigious beer event in the nation,” in Denver, Colo., last weekend, according to The Oregonian.
  • $400,000:Amount an Oregon computer technician is seeking in damages in a lawsuit against Google, alleging sexual harassment at its data center in The Dalles, according to Willamette Week.
  • 1845:Year Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden‘s paternal ancestors came to what is now Oregon, according to the Associated Press. He accused his Democratic opponent, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, of over-selling her wife’s family ties to the state, according to the AP
  • 40,000:Approximate number of miles McLeod-Skinner had logged traversing the state’s massive 2nd congressional district in a Jeep and teardrop trailer as of mid-September, according to her Twitter account.

6. Fear of Success – Really?

A lot of people are afraid of failure, but do you know anyone who is afraid of success? You probably do. So today, let’s talk about this surprisingly common problem.

Abraham Maslow, one of the 20th Century’s great psychologists, called it a “Jonah Complex,” because Jonah chose to turn his back on the great things God had planned for him. Of course, the Bible tells us that Jonah eventually found himself inside the belly of a great fish, but most people who fear success eventually find themselves consumed with regrets for things that might have been.

American journalist, Sydney J. Harris once wrote, “Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” We turn away from the challenges that will bring us success for many reasons. Fear of the unknown, certainly is one reason. Mainly, we just don’t believe we have what it takes to pull it off. Our self-efficacy is low, which means we have a low estimation of what we can cause or make happen for ourselves or others.

However, self-efficacy can be improved. We aren’t born with a certain level of efficacy. It’s a learned appraisal of our abilities. And if we can learn one estimate, we can certainly learn another, higher level. We can do it by remembering successes we’ve had in the past and imagining ourselves repeating similar successes in new situations.

Make a list of all the qualities you possess that you consider to be strengths. Think back on what you have done, so far, in your life. You will find that you have done a lot, and successfully, too. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and what you can do. There is always greater strength in numbers, as well as the self-confidence you can draw from that support.

You see, you can take on challenges that are bigger than you are right now and then grow into them. And you can control your self-talk and your negative thinking so that you don’t stop yourself before you start. Regret for things not done is not a necessity. Live your life in the present so that your regrets won’t weigh you down in the future. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Poetry on the Road! Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford Announces Fall Schedule

Salem, Ore. – Kim Stafford, Oregon’s new Poet Laureate, is making good on his promise to connect with as many Oregonians as possible, with more than two dozen statewide appearances scheduled before the end of the year.

Stafford just returned from John Day, where he gave a reading, and from Harney County, where he presented at “Art in Burns” and participated in an “In a Landscape” performance with pianist Hunter Noack in the Alvord Desert; he will visit close to 20 more communities before Dec. 31.

“Kim has jumped into the Oregon Poet Laureate position with the gusto, creativity and energy we anticipated,” said Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, who administers the Poet Laureate program on behalf of the Cultural Trust. “He’s been all over the place already, and each place has been just the right place.”

Appointed Oregon’s ninth Poet Laureate in May by Governor Kate Brown, Stafford is the founding director of The Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College. Constantly writing, Stafford has already been so inspired by his travels that he plans to release a book of poetry inspired by Oregon’s natural beauty and vibrant communities.

“Like groundwater blossoming at many mountain springs,” Stafford said, “the stuff of poetry can appear wherever you take a close look. I want to be the poet laureate by constantly responding to Oregon’s myriad inspirations, and to do the work of the poet laureate by engaging writers all over the map.”

Here are some of the doings of your Poet Laureate through December:


Sept. 29, 9 a.m.: Valley River Inn, Eugene

Keynote address for the Oregon State Poetry Association Conference titled “The Flavor of Unity.”

Sept. 29, 2 p.m.: Eugene Public Library

Free writing workshop open to the public: “Settling Your Accounts through Poetry.”

Oct. 1-8, Oregon Days of Culture Celebration

Stafford will write an original poem about the winning image in the Oregon Cultural Trust’s annual “Days of Culture” social media contest. Oregonians are invited to post photos of cultural experiences with #ORCulture.

Oct. 13, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Curry County Library, Gold Beach

Free exploratory writing workshop followed by evening poetry reading.

Oct. 18, 1 p.m.: Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

Stafford will read poems and talk about the practice of writing.

Oct. 20, 2 p.m.: Hood River Library

Free poetry reading.

Oct. 21, 2 p.m.: Cannon Beach Library

Poetry reading followed by a conversation about poetry and place with local writers.

Oct. 25, 12:15 p.m.: Oregon City High School

Poetry reading for students.

Oct. 27, 4 p.m.: Salem Public Library

An afternoon public reading and conversation.

Nov. 3, 10 a.m.: Sitka Art Invitational

Stafford will open the event with a brief poetry reading.

Nov. 4, 1 p.m.: Multnomah County Library

A free public reading in the Collins Gallery “with reference to poetry’s contribution to individual and community well-being.”

Nov. 6, 7 a.m.: Pearl Rotary Club, Portland

Poetry reading and talk.

Nov. 6, 1:30 p.m.: Maimonides Jewish School

Poetry reading and talk.

Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m.: Tigard Public Library

Free public reading and talk.

Nov. 14, 7 p.m.: Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles

Class visits followed by poetry reading.

Nov. 15, 1 p.m.: Blue Mountain Community College

Reading and talk as part of the “Sense of Place” Arts and Culture Series.

Nov. 15 & 16, 7 p.m. and 9-11:30 a.m.: Pendleton Center for the Arts

Poetry reading Friday followed by a Saturday writing workshop, “Poems for a Better Nation.”

Nov. 17, 1-4 p.m.: Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla

An appearance as part of the Open Hearts, Open Minds program.

Nov. 29, 7 p.m.: Stayton Public Library

A poetry reading for families and community: “How poetry, art, and culture lift the soul.”

Dec. 4, 12 p.m.: Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg

A reading and conversation at Newberg City Club: “Poetry for the good of the city.”

Dec. 31: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

A short poetry reading as part of the New Year’s concert.

Kim Stafford was born and grew up in Oregon. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, and edited half a dozen others. His book, “Having Everything Right: Essays of Place,” won a citation for excellence from the Western States Book Awards in 1986. He holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Oregon, and has worked as a printer, photographer, oral historian, editor and visiting writer at a host of colleges and schools, and also offered writing workshops in Italy, Scotland and Bhutan. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children.

The Oregon Poet Laureate fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central issues relating to humanities and heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon. Stafford will provide up to 20 public readings per year in settings across the state to inform community, business and state leaders about the value and importance of poetry and creative expression. The program is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

To learn more about the Oregon Poet Laureate program, or to schedule an event with Kim Stafford, visit the Poet Laureate website.