Sherman County eNews #266


  1. Sherman County Middle School Athletic Schedule Update

  2. John Edwin Kalista, 1925-2018

  3. Improving Effectiveness

  4. Editorial. Candidates’ Thoughts about Long-Range Planning & Governance

  5. Consecutive Records for Tri-Cities Nuclear Plant

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

My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference. ~President Jimmy Carter

1. Sherman County Middle School Athletic Schedule Update

Sherman Middle School Volleyball and Football

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – Middle School Volleyball and Football vs South Wasco County has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2018.   Both teams will play at Sherman starting at 4:00.

~Audrey Rooney, Registrar  

Sherman High School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319 

2. John Edwin Kalista, 1925-2018

flower.rose.starJohn Edwin Kalista, 93, of Wasco, Oregon was called to his heavenly home on September 22, 2018. John (Jack) was born August 4, 1925 to Edwin Erik Kalista and Edna Knab, at Toledo, Washington in his grandparents’ house. He was the second oldest child of 17 brothers and sisters, 15 of whom lived to adulthood.

From 1942-1945 he served in the Merchant Marines as a Fireman-Water tender oiler. He worked in the steam engine room. He was also made available to man a 20mm gun station when under enemy attack. He sailed the South Pacific to ports such as Midway, Annawetak, New Guinea, Honolulu, Numayia, New Caledonia, Okinawa, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

John married Elaine Kelley on June 29, 1956. They were married for 60 years, until September 9, 2016 when the Lord called her from this life. John made the majority of his living as a heavy equipment operator and was a lifetime member of the operating engineers local 701. In 1965 he “planted“ his wife and three children in Wasco, to spare them having to move from school to school while he followed the construction jobs. There he lived until his last breath.

He also drove school bus in the winter months. In 1967 he was commissioned to dig his first grave. What began as a favor to a friend, lasted for 49 years. Just the man and his shovel, he has dug graves in just about every cemetery in Sherman and Wasco counties.

In about 1966 John embraced the Catholic faith and became a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. From that time on he lived the faith to the fullest. Many would recognize John as the Rosary maker as well. His Rosaries can be found all over the world, as he sent them with the priests as they went on mission trips. He also sent them where requested by the nuns in different countries, and during the Vietnam War, he sent them to the troops. Those rosaries had to be made in such a way they did not reflect light.

John Edwin Kalista is survived by his three children, Janahn Myra of Goldendale and her five children, Traig and his wife Mary Myra and their 4 children, Shane Myra, Blaine Myra, Marissa Myra and Bryce Myra. His daughter Julie Doane and her three children Shauna, Jonathan and Charles, her 4 grandchildren. His son Eric Kalista, his two daughters Mackenzie and Erica. Brother Kenneth, sisters Frances Strite, Mary Guasp and Betty Hause. His sister and brother-in-law Sharon and Greg Marvin of Moro and their two children, Kelley, his wife Jamie and daughter Sara. Many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Elaine Kelley, his parents Ed and Edna Kalista, brothers Art, David, Jim, Joel Dyke, Robert (Bob) and sisters Joy, Esther, Josephine. Brother Ray passed away one and a half weeks after John.

John had a great love for his family, church, country and community, He will be greatly missed. May we meet again!

Recitation of the Holy Rosary October 19, 2018 6 pm and St Mary’s Catholic Church Wasco, Oregon, Funeral Mass October 20, 2018. Graveside services with military honors at Wasco cemetery. Potluck fellowship meal St. Mary’s parish hall Wasco. Father Fabian Nwokorie officiating.

3. Improving Effectiveness

How effective are you while you’re at work? Let’s look at some ways to increase your on-the-job effectiveness.

If you don’t feel very effective or productive while you’re at work, it can lead to a downward spiral. When you don’t feel effective, it can lower your feelings of self-worth. This, in turn, leads to even less effective performance, and down and down you go.

A downward spiral is the last thing you need. Chances are you can work far more effectively than you are now and move yourself into an upward trend, instead. How? Well, start by getting control of your time and managing it as well as possible. Keep a log for a week or two and track every minute of your day at work, then analyze it. Are you doing things that move you toward your goals (personal or professional)? Are you developing strategies for eliminating time traps and time wasters that are pulling you away from achieving your goals?

It’s also important that you stay up to date with the technical innovations in your business or industry by reading and taking classes, if necessary. What classes are available in an online format that you can work on during the evenings and weekends? Are you willing to put in the extra time and effort to get a certificate that proves your commitment to an even better job? If you feel out of date and out of touch, your self-image and performance will suffer.

Finally, if you don’t have a network of people who stimulate and support you, it’s not too late to start one. Make a point of developing cordial relationships with people who can serve as mentors or who are working on challenging, leading edge projects. You’ll be inspired and surprised by how quickly you’ll be energized by just being around them. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Editorial. Candidates’ Thoughts about Long-Range Planning & Governance

Sherman County eNews offered Sherman County’s two candidates for the position of county judge an opportunity to submit to eNews in 350 words or less their thoughts in response to a question.

The question: What are your thoughts about the use of regularly scheduled long-range planning sessions as a tool for governance to avoid bouncing from one reactionary decision to another?

Joe Dabulskis: Long-range Planning Sessions

I would like to thank the Editor for inviting us to comment on our thoughts about long-range planning sessions. Goals are always important. Planning sessions should not only include county officials but should also include local entities, ie: Budget Committee, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, County Departments and Tri-County entities, to name a few.

Short and long-range goals should be determined in work sessions along with check lists to make sure we are on track. Then those check lists should be visited periodically to make sure we all are continually working towards our goals. Bouncing around from project to project gets nothing done. We need to maintain a clear path and stay focused on our goals. Regular long-range planning will provide this. You cannot hit a goal you cannot see.


Joe Dabulskis

Candidate for Sherman County Judge
[Editor’s Note: Dabulskis currently serves as one of two Sherman County commissioners. In that capacity, in addition to regular meetings of the Sherman County Court, he represents the County on boards of several regional organizations that provide services to Sherman County and serves ex officio on some local boards.]


Mike Smith: Long range planning for Sherman County

I have heard it said that no one plans to fail, they simply fail to plan. That is as true for a person as it is for a business or a government. In the past, Sherman County has had long range planning sessions that have spoken to future vision for the County. The topics were well thought out and a great deal of effort was put into them. The problem is that once they were finished, they were put on a shelf and rarely referenced. I experienced that when I could not find my old copy of the plan and it took a great deal of time to locate the one at the Courthouse.

The difficulty with past long range plans is keeping it in the focus of your elected leaders. So many other topics are constantly pulling at their attention every day. Also, while the topics have value, there were never any specific dollars assigned to the goals.

During my tenure as Commissioner I looked through our last long range plan and felt the goals were the right direction, but there was something missing in the process.  At the same time the Court was discussing how to track the value of the Wind Farm as they move towards being placed on the tax rolls once ths SIP’s end. This would give us better budget forecasting.

Once we began that process we realized we could track our potential revenue along with reserves then assign dollars to planned or potential projects. The Court identified several projects then started assigning dollars and completion dates to them. An excellent example is the Courthouse Expansion. We began reserving funds for the project for several years in order to have a recently completed project with no debt created.

What we have now is a blend of old and new styles of planning. I believe this style of long term planning along with goal setting sessions will serve Sherman County in more effective way well into the future.

Warmest Regards,

Mike Smith

Candidate for Sherman County Judge

[Editor’s note: Since November, 2016, Smith has worked as a contractor for Frontier TeleNet.]

5. Consecutive Records for Tri-Cities Nuclear Plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant, near Richland, recently achieved its eighth monthly electricity generation record in only a year’s time. September was also the second consecutive month of record-setting generation for the clean-energy provider.

“Every record helps further de-carbonize our environment and keep our state electric bills the second-lowest in the nation,” said CEO Brad Sawatzke.

Columbia sent more than 829 million kilowatt-hours of electricity to the Northwest power grid in September, and nearly 850 million during August. The station produced enough zero-carbon energy to independently power Seattle and much of its metro area.

During the August heatwave the Bonneville Power Administration issued several “no-touch” requests for the nuclear plant, restricting maintenance activity that could alter or impact the plant’s output. As temperatures rose to triple digits, so did the price of energy from wholesale power markets. Throughout August Columbia’s cost of power remained steady at almost $30 per megawatt-hour. Market prices during the same period peaked at more than $200 per megawatt-hour.

“During these periods Bonneville needs every full-time megawatt they can get,” said Sawatzke. The four full-time sources of power in the Northwest are coal and natural gas, and carbon-free hydro and nuclear. The nuclear plant works in concert with the hydro system, reducing power during the spring to accommodate high river flows. 

“Nuclear gives us some flexibility,” said Sawatzke, “by having the capability to ramp down when there’s too much power on the grid. It then carries the load during the winter and summer when power is in limited supply.”

            Columbia is the third-largest generator of electricity in Washington, behind the Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams. The youngest of the three facilities, Columbia achieved annual generation records in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. The nation’s 98 nuclear plants provide nearly 60 percent of the nation’s carbon-free electricity.

            Columbia’s electricity is sold at-cost to Bonneville and delivered throughout its eight-state service area.

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

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