Sherman County eNews #332


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Jan. 2

  2. Gilliam County Court hears of Frontier Telenet financial issues

  3. As the ecosystem of news changes, will journalists adapt fast enough?

  4. Oregon State Capitol Jigsaw Puzzle Gallery

  5. Hillsdale College Free Course: Principles of Free-Market Economics

  6. Anchor Points

1. All County Prayer Meeting, Jan. 2

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, January 2nd @ the First Baptist Church in Grass Valley. 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. Gilliam County Court hears of Frontier Telenet financial issues

~ With permission of The Times-Journal, Dec. 27, 2018, an excerpt from the article:

“Gilliam County Court hears of Frontier Telenet financial issues.

“The Gilliam County Court met at the North Gilliam R.F.P.D. Building in Arlington Wednesday last week and among other agenda items, heard Judge Steve Shaffer explain that Frontier Telenet, the three-county ORS 190 entity that has made infrastructure available for the 911 emergency dispatch system for the past 16 years, will be short of funds to pay its bills at the end of December.

“Shaffer’s assessment indicated that revenue is not covering the expenses of the entity and that federal reimbursements for making internet available to area schools is being withheld while Frontier Telenet’s request for the funds is being reviewed by Universal Services Administrative Company, the service responsible for refunding ‘e-rate funds’ back to entities which provide broadband connectivity to schools, libraries and other sectors at low cost.

“Frontier Telenet’s costs have out-paced the entity’s revenue and it needs an immediate influx of cash to pay its December bills. Judge Shaffer asked the court for $100,000, but commissioners Leslie Wetherell and Mike Weimar, struggling to understand the information being presented to them, suggested they needed more time and more information, and further discussion whether funding that may come from the county should be a loan or a grant, and what terms should be included in an agreement.

“At one point in the discussion, Judge Shaffer indicated that federal ‘e-rate’ funds that can be reimbursed to an entity that provides low-cost broadband services to schools, libraries and other public service entities, and which had been reimbursed to Frontier Telenet, had been used “illegally” to subsidize Frontier Telenet’s infrastructure and the emergency 911 service.

“County Attorney Ruben Cleaveland quickly clarified, “Not necessarily.” Cleaveland indicated that Frontier has the infrastructure for the emergency 911 service that has been providing 911 emergency dispatch services first for three counties and now for four counties, for 16 years. “You have to have the system for the 911 service,” Cleaveland explained. “Through the system, internet is provided to the schools. It wasn’t designed to subsidize 911.”

“Commissioners Leslie Wetherell and Mike Weimar, with many questions about the information that was being presented to them by Judge Shaffer, agreed that Frontier Telenet needs money soon, but no decision was made on the $100,000 request, pending more information on the situation, on Sherman County Court’s decisions on the matter, on whether the money should be approved in the form of a loan or grant, and on the development of proper money transaction agreements.

“The Frontier Telenet board met [on] Friday, Dec. 21, to further discuss the situation… …”

[Editorial note: The Sherman County Court discussed Frontier TeleNet’s financial straits at a recent meeting and agreed to consider a $100,000 loan.]

3. As the ecosystem of news changes, will journalists adapt fast enough?

newsletter2The Expanding News Desert, a report from the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media at the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism this year, found that the 11 Western states, plus Alaska and Hawaii, lost 48 dailies and 157 weeklies between 2004 and 2018. Forty-six counties in the region now lack a local newspaper. In some cases, the report notes, only “ghost papers” remain, mere shadows of their former selves. If this trend continues, observers ask, how will local journalism survive?

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4. Oregon State Capitol Jigsaw Puzzle Gallery

Choose an online Oregon State Capitol jigsaw puzzle that fits your skill level. Each puzzle describes the subject, difficulty and the number of puzzle pieces. If you get stuck, you can use the “ghost” option or play with other puzzle settings to help. Challenge your friends to beat your completion time! Puzzles via Jigsaw Planet.

Here they are…

5. Hillsdale College Free Course: Principles of Free-Market Economics

dollar.sign1Be an informed citizen and sharpen your understanding of the free market.

Have you ever wondered why America is the most prosperous nation in history? Do you understand the connection between freedom and free enterprise? And do you think you could explain that connection to your friends? Maybe you can, but you also probably agree that the economic principles of free enterprise aren’t well understood by all. That’s why we created this important online course on free-market economics. In it, you will learn the fundamentals of economics, the role of profit and the free market, and, importantly, how to restore economic liberty in America.

Take this free online course to deepen your understanding of the principles of free-market economics. By activating this special course you will get informed and help our country work towards markets that are more free and more prosperous. It’s absolutely free to you, and you can take the course at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home or office.

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 6. Anchor Points

When you’re feeling all at sea, or tossed about by life’s occasional stormy weather, do you maintain some safe anchor points? When everything seems to be changing around you and you’re feeling a bit out of control, is there a rock of stability you can hang on to until you get your bearings again?

We all need some stress and tension to give our lives zing and motivation, but too much at once can be a real problem. If your marriage is shaky, your son has just dropped out of school, and someone has just run into your car at the supermarket, you certainly don’t need any more changes for a while.

Keep at least some things stationary by returning to and maintaining customary activities or familiar habits. Touch base with old friends who know you well and with whom you feel completely comfortable. Find an island of calm and create some respite for yourself, so that you can return to the mainland of temporary chaos feeling rested, restored, and clearer about who you are and what you really want.

Whether it is a small summer cottage, a special fishing cove, a campground by a river or a trip to a day spa, take some time to indulge yourself during times of rapid change. It is a “guided” way to release tension, with you purposefully moving the tension out of your way – if only for a little while. It’s the break that is necessary.

It doesn’t hurt to return to your personal anchor of peace and quiet for a while, every so often. It’s a practical tactic and a good strategy for coping with change that threatens to overwhelm. ~The Pacific Institute