Sherman County eNews #262


  1. 2nd Congressional District Candidates to Debate, Oct. 6

  2. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis – Honesty, Integrity and Sincerity

  3. All County Prayer Meeting, Oct. 3

  4. Frontier Telenet directors meet privately to discuss E-Rate funding

  5. Vivid Imaginings

  6. Rep. Greg Walden’s bill to combat opioid crisis passes Senate

  7. Bonneville Power Administration Completes 35th Consecutive U.S. Treasury Payment

 1. 2nd Congressional District Candidates to Debate, Oct. 6

Oregon.Flat.poleBy permission of The Times-Journal – A debate will be televised featuring the three candidates campaigning for the Second Congressional District Representative seat currently held by 10-term incumbent Greg Walden, Republican of Hood River. The debate will also include Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner of Terrebonne and Independent Mark Roberts of Medford The hour-long debate will be held in the studio of Bend television station KTVZ News Channel 21 Friday, Oct. 6, beginning at 7 p.m. The debate can be streamed on-line, The Second Congressional District spans 20 counties in Eastern, Central and parts of Southern Oregon.

2. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis – Honesty, Integrity and Sincerity

To the Editor:
Honesty, Integrity and Sincerity ……these truly are words that define the character of Joe Dabulskis, candidate for the position of Sherman County Judge.

We feel strongly that the word Community needs to be included in this list. Joe has been a presence in our schools, our community events and county government, sharing his knowledge and passions with students and adults.

While serving as a county commissioner, Joe has shown that he is committed to the position and has made a visible effort to learn about the issues, processes and concerns of his constituents. He has Sherman County’s best interest at heart.

There is no question as to who will get our votes on Election Day. Go Joe!

Debbie Bird, Moro
Gail Macnab, Wasco

3. All County Prayer Meeting, Oct. 3

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday October 3 @ the Wasco Christian Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. Thank You. ~Red Gibbs 

4. Frontier Telenet directors meet privately to discuss E-Rate funding

By permission of The Times-Journal – Directors of Frontier Telenet conducted an ‘emergency executive session’ meeting in Moro Monday afternoon this week to discuss “issues requiring immediate attention.” The meeting was called to order with Judge Gary Thompson, Judge Lynn Morley and Judge Steve Shaffer, Frontier Telenet directors, present, along with Mike Smith, marketing director; Rob Myers, contract services; Frontier Telenet legal counsel, Ruben Cleaveland and, by phone, Jim Deason; and a representative of the Times-Journal.

The meeting was called into executive session immediately to discuss the failure of the Universal Service Administration Company, referred to as USAC, to disburse 2017 funding year E-Rate program monies owed to Frontier; and USAC’s delay in processing a 2018 funding year E-Rate program funding request award to Frontier.

The 90-minute long session concluded at 4:05 p.m. and, in open session, no decisions were made or announced, pending the receipt of additional information. Frontier Telenet directors will meet again in public session Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. at the courthouse in Condon.

5. Vivid Imaginings

Let’s talk one more time about the skill of visualization. We talked about it earlier, but more in relation to sports and sports activities. Today let’s give it a broader application.

Visualization is a pretty simple technique that has incredible power to change lives and expand potential. In fact, you have probably been using it since you were very young. Then, we called it “playing pretend” as we “practiced” what we wanted to be when we grew up. Unfortunately, as we grew up, we let go of playing pretend. It may be time to pick it up again.

When we let our minds wander and see ourselves not as we are, but as what we can become, we stimulate incredible growth and incredible change. We are giving ourselves hope which, in even the darkest times, can be enough to keep us on the move toward a goal. Life becomes exciting again, and we can continue to grow and expand our accomplishments because of an expanding self-image.

Even Albert Einstein realized the value of visualization when he wrote, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Clear, vivid imaginings become the pictures of our wants, our goals, our vision of our desired future.

Now this doesn’t mean that we go around with our heads in the clouds, out of touch with reality. But it does mean that we have a vision of a new reality that becomes a sneak peek into the future. It also means that our primary focus is not on what we are today, but what we can be tomorrow. This technique, or ability, motivates us to take on new challenges and surpass ourselves. We are no longer trapped by our pasts, but are free to take a greater hand in determining our futures.

Like the song said, “If I can see it, I can be it.” Help your family and friends, especially your children, to keep “playing pretend.” Help them by painting a vivid mental picture of all that they can be and do. You don’t need to be a Leonardo, or a Van Gogh, or Picasso. Your passion and belief in them will give you the colors and the words you need to help them see. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Rep. Greg Walden’s bill to combat opioid crisis passes Senate

American flag2 Walden’s SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act now heads to president

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden’s (R-Hood River) comprehensive legislation to combat the opioid crisis passed the Senate today, less than a week after receiving sweeping bipartisan support as it passed in the House of Representatives. Walden’s SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6) passed the Senate by a vote of 98-1 today, bringing the bill one step closer to becoming law.

“After months of bipartisan work, landmark legislation to combat the opioid crisis is now headed to President Trump’s desk,” said Walden. “This comprehensive bill provides critical support to desperate communities in Oregon and all across the country and gives those fighting on the front lines new tools to help treat addiction and slow the flow of illicit drugs across our borders. While there is still much work to be done, this historic effort will undoubtedly save lives and put families and communities across our country on the road to recovery. I look forward to seeing this legislation signed into law and continuing to work with the president to combat the opioid crisis.”

Last week, Walden’s legislation passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 393-8. H.R. 6 will help efforts to advance treatment and recovery initiatives, improve prevention, protect our communities, and bolster our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. This legislation represents the largest Congressional effort to address a single drug crisis in history.

7. Bonneville Power Administration Completes 35th Consecutive U.S. Treasury Payment

Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration paid its 35th consecutive U.S. Treasury payment today. This year’s $862 million payment brings BPA’s cumulative payments to the Treasury during those 35 years to over $29.8 billion.

“This is a significant milestone that demonstrates BPA’s ability to meet all of its financial obligations on an ongoing basis, regardless of changing conditions and markets,” said Michelle Manary, BPA executive vice president and chief financial officer. “It’s also important because it provides a full and timely payment for the benefit of U.S. taxpayers.”

The Treasury payment is significant because it’s BPA’s lowest priority payment and is made only after all other financial obligations are paid in the fiscal year. BPA sets its rates to maintain an annual 97.5 percent probability of making this payment. 

This year’s payment includes $569 million in principal, $226 million in interest and $27 million for irrigation assistance, which BPA provides to help irrigators repay their share of certain Reclamation projects.  

BPA applied $93 million of credits toward this year’s Treasury payment. BPA received most of this credit under a section of the Northwest Power Act as reimbursement for the non-power share of fish and wildlife costs it pays annually.

In addition to the U.S. Treasury payment, BPA paid operations and maintenance expenses for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service projects directly funded by BPA. This direct funding amounted to $421 million in fiscal year 2018.

BPA is a self-financed power marketing administration that receives no annual appropriation funding from Congress. Instead, BPA primarily recovers its costs through revenues from the sale of electric power and transmission services.About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketing administration that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 143 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region’s high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest.