Sherman County eNews #311

CONTENTS

  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

  2. Editorial. Frontier TeleNet: Squandered Trust, Public Monies

  3. Guest Editorial, Repeated. Frontier TeleNet: Mac’s Musings. Chaos

  4. Weather: December Outlook and November Monthly Climate Summary

  5. Moving Beyond Today, on Purpose


1.All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, December 5 @ the Wasco Methodist 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


2. Editorial. Frontier TeleNet: Squandered Trust, Public Monies

pencil.sharpFollowing these remarks, we post an informational editorial first published in February, 2017, by The Times-Journal, and shortly thereafter here in Sherman County eNews. It is as relevant today as it was 21 months ago.

As reports of fiscal mismanagement and negligence trickle out of last week’s Frontier TeleNet board meeting there is plenty of blame to go around.

Sadly, board members and contracting personnel squandered the public trust and public monies, and made no serious effort to get Frontier TeleNet back on track.

With relatively few discretionary dollars, the board apparently took steps to terminate contracts with two of their contractors, Mike Smith and Rob Myers.

We are reminded that newly-elected officials in our three counties will need time to deal with the current situation and restore the public’s trust in Frontier TeleNet.


3. Guest Editorial, Repeated. Frontier TeleNet: Mac’s Musings. Chaos

pencil.sharpFrom The Times-Journal, February 23, 2017

Chaos.

That appears to be the circumstances in which Frontier Telenet now finds itself — without a business plan, without short or long range plans, without a strategic plan of day-to-day operations, without a clear picture of from where the entity has come or where it is going, without a budget, without knowledge of what costs lay ahead and the processes by which to obtain these costs, without an idea of from where revenues will come, without the benefit of economic analysis of the assets/infrastructure/operations costs or potential revenue sources and amounts, without effective management and without a consensus or clear focus on its purpose and future.

Add to that a stubbornness that won’t allow the administration or management to admit that circumstances are chaotic.

Frontier Telenet is an ORS 190 entity formed under the auspices of Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties and the North Central Education Service District and administered by the three county judges with a manager in charge of operations. When formed some 15 years ago, it was an entity through which an innovative plan was facilitated to establish a 9-1-1 emergency call center at Condon to serve the emergency communications needs of the three counties via a wireless satellite system, a service that had previously been provided through Morrow County.

Late last year, the North Central ESD removed itself from the ORS 190.

The concept was brilliant and the practical application of that system has worked as planned, creating a reliable, local system of communicating for law enforcement and emergency medical services in the three counties and creating 11 well-paying jobs at the same time.

While the 9-1-1 call center has and continues to function brilliantly and without interruption, and has even added service to Jefferson County, the management of Frontier Telenet, which oversees the mechanical infrastructure of the 9-1-1 system, has become chaotic.

With the changing of the county judgeships in the three counties over the last 15 years, there has been very little continuity and background provided by the management, and/or planning for the future of the system.

Caught woefully off-guard by the sudden realization that the current wireless system had reached capacity and was in need of expensive upgrades to remain viable, Frontier Telenet was forced to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade the current system while also realizing that fiber optics would provide more capacity and more long-range stability to the system.

The realization came too little, too late.

Frontier Telenet now finds itself frantically trying to re-group, but without a clear mission and without a budget, and without knowledge of day-to-day expenses and costs, and without a plan and leadership, Frontier Telenet now appears to be in the way of fiber optics development in Gilliam County, when it could have been in the leadership role in the process to provide affordable high-speed broadband to 9-1-1, emergency medical services, law enforcement, schools, libraries, businesses and homes.

Frontier Telenet needs to take stock of its situation, define its assets and function, put in the necessary time and effort to establish a transparent business plan and a standard fiduciary system that will make it clear where the entity is headed and if that track is affordable, and good in the long range for the wireless system that has, here-to-fore, worked so well.  ~ With permission of The Times-Journal, February 23, 2017 & December 3, 2018.


4. Weather: December Outlook and November Monthly Climate Summary

snowflakesmallYou can find the December outlook and the November monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pdt/climate/climateSummary/climateSummary.php?stationID=MORO3

–Marilyn Lohmann

National Weather Service Pendleton – 541-276-7832 


5. Moving Beyond Today, on Purpose

Many people believe that goals are a good thing. Actually, they are an absolute essential for a fulfilling life. You see, goals sit at the very essence of who we are. Without them, we wander from moment to moment, seemingly without purpose. We enjoy the moments, when they cross our paths more by accident than anything else. With goals, we take the “by accident” out of life, and multiply our chances of truly living.

Humans are teleological beings. In other words, we think in terms of purpose and end-results, and we are naturally goal-oriented. A teleological nature means that it is absolutely critical for us to have goals. For us to change and grow, we need something tugging at us from the future, something to, quite literally, look forward to.

When you give up on your goals or when you have no goals at all, your whole system slows down and eventually shuts down. You become depressed and sluggish, and you may very well become seriously ill. Remember, your mind runs your body, not the other way around.

Prisoners of war have been known to simply curl up and die when their hopes for the future died. Who knows how many suicides or terminal illnesses have been directly or indirectly influenced by lack of goals? Thus, having goals seems to be absolutely essential to our existence.

Keep in mind, too, that we move toward and become like what we think about. So, if you don’t deliberately think about how you want your life to be, you’ll just repeat the past or the present over and over again, with minor variations. You’ll end up, at best, in a rut. It may be a comfortable rut, but it’s still a rut.

We want to move beyond today, and we want to do that on purpose – not by accident. Once you have a clear picture of where you want to go, your end-result, goal-seeking nature will take over and help guide you to realizing your goal. ~The Pacific Institute


 

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