Sherman County eNews #280


  1. Greg Walden’s historic bill to combat opioid crisis signed into law

  2. Editorial. Vote! Joe is the One!

  3. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis: Quiet Thoughtful Action

  4. Letter to the Editor: Consider this.

  5. Jane (French) Frees 1921-2018

  6. Your Personal GPS

  7. An Exhibit: Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer (Moro photo)

1. Greg Walden’s historic bill to combat opioid crisis signed into law

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Greg Walden’s (R-Hood River) comprehensive legislation to combat the nationwide opioid crisis was signed into law by President Trump today at the White House. Walden’s SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 393-8 in September and the Senate by a vote of 98-1 in October, represents the largest legislative effort to combat a single drug crisis in history. Walden said today that this bill will save lives and help get communities in Oregon on the path to recovery.

“Across our district I’ve met with the victims, families, treatment advocates, medical providers, and law enforcement officers who are on the front lines of the opioid crisis in Oregon,” said Walden. “Today is about these people, each of whom puts a name and a face to a crisis that killed more than 72,000 people nationwide in 2017 and takes the lives of more Oregonians than traffic accidents. This bipartisan legislation brings critical support to the communities most desperately in need, provides new tools and resources for those on the ground in this fight, and helps stop the flow of deadly drugs across our borders. Rarely can we say that legislation will save lives, but there is no doubt that this bill will do just that. While there is much more work to be done, today is an important step forward to help stem the tide and get communities in Oregon on the road to recovery.”

Walden’s legislation, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), is a bipartisan bill that will help in our overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act follows the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act that Walden helped pass into law last Congress, the $4 billion appropriated in the government funding measure earlier this year to help combat the opioid crisis, as well as the $6.7 billion included in a recent appropriations package to boost programs that fight, treat, and stop substance abuse, and support access to mental health services.

How the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act will Help Combat the Opioid Crisis:

Treatment and Recovery

▪ Improve and expand access to treatment and recovery services

▪ Provide incentives for enhanced care, coordination, and innovation

▪ Establish comprehensive opioid recovery centers


▪ Encourage non-addictive opioid alternatives to treat pain

▪ Improve data to identify and help at-risk patients and families

▪ Address high prescribing rates while enhancing prescription drug monitoring programs

Protecting Communities

▪ Give law enforcement tools to get dangerous drugs out of our communities

▪ Better intercept illicit opioids at international mail facilities

▪ Improve access to federal resources for local communities

Fighting Fentanyl

▪ Better tackle ever-changing synthetic drugs

▪ Crack down on foreign shipments of illicit drugs

▪ Provide grants for local communities to combat fentanyl

For a section-by-section summary of Walden’s legislation, please click here  To learn more about the House’s comprehensive efforts to combat the opioid crisis, click here

2. Editorial. Vote! Joe is the One for County Judge!

pen.markerWe are pleased to endorse Joe Dabulskis for Sherman County Judge, the candidate who is ethical, competent and accountable… the one known and respected for his honesty, humility and integrity… the one who adheres to legal government process …the one who prioritizes his work, rolls up his sleeves and does what he says he will do … excellent qualities for a candidate!

Joe is the one who will not tolerate unethical practices, nor will he interfere in the decisions of other county entities.  He is the one who asks questions and gets the answers, the one who sincerely listens to, respects and considers the opinions, concerns and ideas of others.

Joe is the one on the record for his support of recommendations made in an assessment of Frontier TeleNet’s performance of its board and staff in order to improve coordination, partnering and public engagement and the organization’s capacity to provide administrative, marketing, and operations functions.

Joe completed the year-long County College series and continues professional training.  He is experienced in a family business and thoughtful in problem solving, and works well with others. Frugal by nature, he supports long-range planning and saving for the future.

In addition to meetings of the County Court, he’s been serving on local boards ex officio and on governing boards of several agencies that provide services to Sherman County, all part of his job, and quietly sitting in on school and city meetings as a matter of interest and support.

Joe said it himself: “I am honest and trustworthy and will do my best for our county. I am not going to say what I think people want to hear. We have enough politics like that going around.”

By his character, values and principles and his experience as a county commissioner, Joe has shown that he is the one best prepared to assume greater responsibility as Sherman County Judge and Juvenile Judge.

3. Letter to the Editor: Joe Dabulskis: Quiet Thoughtful Action

pencil.sharpJoe Dabulskis is a candidate for Sherman County Judge. We support this candidate who quietly has made contributions to serve all of Sherman County. He and his wife Jeanne have given of their own time to support various entities – our schools, our fair, our museum, the Memorial Day parade, and our county court, to name just a few.

When Joe became interested in county government, he began attending more meetings and county court, always listening and learning.

Joe Dabulskis has been an active commissioner, always honest and doing what he says he will do. He reminds us of one of our past commissioner, Steven Burnet. In common with Steven Burnet, when Joe speaks, you want to be listening. Joe puts a lot of thought into questions before answering and taking action. He, too, will represent the citizens of our county.

Recently, Joe held a meeting with our Oregon Governor and Sherman County farmers and various agency representatives at the Holzapfel-Dabulskis ranch to work on a fire plan and relief from the summer disasters.

Our families have known the Holzapfel family for many years and we can tell you they are trustworthy and their integrity is the way they live. We learned to spell Holzapfel, now learn to spell Dabulskis and give Joe your vote! You will be glad to have his dedicated actions that can benefit all of Sherman County.

Henry J. & Joan Jaeger


4. Letter to the Editor: Consider this.

pencil.sharpThe letter of support for Mike Smith from Sherman County Sheriff, retired, Gerald Lohrey, published in e-news #245 9/18/18 stated very clearly the choices before Sherman County citizens in voting for Sherman County Judge. This letter is in support of Mr. Lohrey’s letter.

Wouldn’t it be a wiser choice to multiply the experience and ability of the Sherman County Court by keeping two experienced, hardworking commissioners in place, and add even more experience and ability to the Court by voting for Mike Smith for County Judge?

Consider the rather cumbersome process required to fill a commissioner vacancy. The process takes a minimum of 30 days, and it is not in the direct control of Sherman County citizens/voters. This would take valuable time and attention away from conducting the important business of Sherman County and its citizens.

Sherman County has two good, hard working commissioners in place, on the job right now. Let’s keep that experience and talent, and add to the County Court’s effectiveness and ability to get right to work.

I expect ALL elected individuals to have honesty, integrity and sincerity. I believe Mike Smith has these attributes. Mike also has excellent communications skills and uses them well in his many community activities. He has shown he has a firm steadfast commitment to the citizens of Sherman County, and the ability and experience to serve as Sherman County Judge.

Roseanna Breeding


[Editorial Note: Oregon Revised Statute 236.215 Filling vacancies in partisan elective office of county judge or commissioner… (3) The vacancy must be filled by appointment within 30 days after its occurrence. [1987 c.549 §3; 1989 c.171 §29; 2001 c.430 §4.]

5. Jane (French) Frees 1921-2018

flower.rose.starMrs. Jane Frees has come home to her beloved Moro, Oregon, where she was laid to rest October 20, 2018. Jane was born on September 25, 1921 in Grass Valley, Sherman County, Oregon. She was the daughter of Giles and Lela French. She passed away peacefully October 7, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. She grew up in Grass

Valley and Moro, and attended college in La Grande. She then became an elementary school teacher in Hood River until she married her college sweetheart, Bill Frees, December 24, 1944 in Rhode Island. She was then a Naval career wife of 22 years and gave birth to four children during that time, Toni Jane, Michael William, John Wyman and Kathleen Janet.

Jane became an avid golfer and bridge player, and she authored two books. She lived in Cupertino and Los Gatos, California for many years, where she was a member of many ladies’ clubs and a past-president of the Santa Clara County Woman’s Golf Association.

In her last four years she had lived an active life at Russsellville Park in Portland. She participated in bridge, bocce ball, tai chi and dancing. She enjoyed these activities very much and made may new friends.

Mrs. Frees was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Wyman and Clint; her husband of 66 years, Bill; and her sister, Patty Moore. She is survived by her

children, Toni (Ted) Reynolds, Mike (Peggy) Frees, John Frees and Kathy (Curt) Harris; three grandchildren; numerous step grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Jane had a full and happy life and will be missed dearly. The funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 20, at Moro Community Presbyterian Church in Moro. Burial followed at Moro Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made in Jane’s honor to Sherman County Historical Society or to a charity of choice.

6. Your Personal GPS

Do you know what you want out of life? Do you have trouble answering this question? If you are having a challenge with the question, let’s spend a little time with it today.

Do you know anyone who seems constantly lost in a fog of confusion? They go one way and then another. Sometimes, they latch on to something as if it’s the solution to all their problems, only to downgrade it a few months or weeks (sometimes days) later and move on to something or someone else. They just don’t seem to know what they want.

Maybe you’re a bit like this yourself. If so, perhaps it is time for you to get back in touch with your dreams, but do so in a very focused way. You see, you can’t achieve your goals if you don’t know what they are. You can’t even set goals, if you don’t have any dreams for yourself or your future.

So ask yourself, what would you like the end-results, the outcomes, to be for yourself at the end of five years? How about at the end of one year? Once you have that outcome, what will you see? What will you hear? What will you feel? Be as specific as possible, and write your answers down.

Yes, write your answers down. Writing them down makes them real, not something floating in and out of your consciousness. The physical act of writing strengthens the neural pathways you are creating, as you plan your future. Writing it down also gives you something solid to go back to, to refresh and reinforce. So whether you use paper and pencil or some electronic device, write them down. This will be your “future reference” for comparison.

Then, examine current reality (how things are today) – and write it down. How is it different? Again, be specific and detailed. Finally, take a good look at the “gap” between Current Reality and your Future Reference. Fill in that gap, by listing, in order, the steps you will need to take to move from current reality to your desired end-result.

This process will take some time, so stay with it. And be prepared to be flexible when you run into obstacles along the way. And when you’re done, you’ll have a roadmap you can use to guide you to a very personal kind of success. Think of it as your personal GPS – your Goal Projection System. ~The Pacific Institute

7. An Exhibit: Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer

Portland, OR – The history of beer in Oregon and the passion Oregonians hold for brewing extends back over two hundred years. From the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the nineteenth century European immigrants who established Oregon’s first breweries to the craft brewery revolution centered here today, this delicious hoppy beverage has been a cornerstone of Oregon’s agriculture and economy.

Opening at the Oregon Historical Society on October 26, Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer profiles the people, companies, and legislation that have made Oregon the innovative center of craft brewing that it is today.

“It’s no secret that Oregonians love beer – and, that love has been brewing in our state for centuries,” said Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “Whether you are a home brew master or new to the world of beer and brewing, this exhibit provides incredible insights into the crucial role Oregon’s beer industry has played on our state’s history.”

The exhibition traces the history of hop growing Oregon and its impact across the globe, including the momentum that has propelled the state to a place as the second highest hop producer in the country. Some of the most innovative research into hop growing and beer brewing is happening right here at Oregon State University, and visitors will actually be able to smell some of the hops that were developed right here in Oregon.

Barley, Barrels, Bottles, and Brews includes over 100 artifacts, many on public view for the first time, from the Oregon Historical Society collections and from the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives at Oregon State University. Exhibit highlights include:

  • Historic photos of some Oregon’s earlies breweries, dating back to the 1850s, and a Civil War-era photo of people drinking beer at one of the first saloons in Oregon;
  • A green glass carboy (used for fermenting) that came across the Oregon Trail;
  • A variety of artifacts from historic Oregon breweries including Henry Weinhard, U.S. Brewery, Gambrinus, Albany Brewing Company, and more;
  • A digital interactive where visitors can adjust different beer characteristics to find the variety that best suits their taste; and
  • Videos recreating Oregon beer history and telling the stories of brewing pioneers.

The Biggerstaff Saloon, Moro, Oregon ~ Oregon Historical Society

Barley, Barrels, Bottles, and Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer is on view October 26, 2018 through June 9, 2019 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). The museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission is currently discounted to $5 (through February 14, 2019) during the renovation of the museum’s permanent exhibition. Admission is always free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.