Sherman County eNews #3


  1. Frontier Telenet board wrestles with changes, finances

  2. Sherman 5th – 8th Basketball Schedule

  3. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule

  4. Facets of Goal Setting

1. Frontier Telenet board wrestles with changes, finances

Posted here with permission of The Times-Journal:

“With financial problems looming, directors of the Frontier Telenet met Friday,

Dec. 21, at Moro to discuss a course of action. Working from a revised agenda, discussion items included website and e-mail systems, corporate governance including intergovernmental agreement and by-laws, public records request policy and process, officers appointment process, a financial review including a review of year-to date and December reports, status of the e-rate funding, future funding options, and on-going projects including the Wasco to Rufus fiber build and infrastructure system updates.

“Nearly 30 people were in the room at the Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Center at Moro. Attorney Jim Deason, by phone, explained that improvements and updates had been made to the Frontier Telenet web site, which now contains the meeting minutes from 2015 through 2018. [See

“Information from former manager and contract employee Rob Myers and contract employee Mike Smith will be incorporated into the website. Deason went on to discuss the critical importance of records retention, including those involving the Federal Communications Commission, the Universal Services Administrative Company and the Oregon Public Utilities Commission.

“Regarding governance, the by-laws need to be revised to reflect the current participants in the ORS 190 organization, which includes Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties, and excludes North Central Education Service District, which was an original partner in the entity. Updates, according to Deason, will make the bylaws and intergovernmental agreements “agree with each other.” Several changes were suggested in the review of the two documents.

“Frontier Telenet directors, which will have changed after the first of the year, will meet again near mid-January to establish who will represent each county on the board, board officers, and approve the updated by-laws and intergovernmental agreements.

“The discussion went to the finances of the organization. Requests have been made of the Sherman and Gilliam county courts for $100,000 from each to pay the entity’s December bills and carry it into the new year, while it waits for the receipt of the federal e-rate funding that is due for the past fiscal year, and, it appears from years previous as well. Frontier Telenet’s request for the funding, which is a reimbursement for providing broadband and internet services to schools and libraries, is currently in review by the Universal Service Administration Company.

“Sherman County approved the funding, but Gilliam County Court did not act on the request at its Dec. 19 court session in Arlington. The matter is on the court’s agenda for the Jan. 9 meeting of the Gilliam County Court, and likely will be discussed again at the Jan. 2 session of the Sherman County Court.

“Frontier Telenet’s e-rate request is being reviewed, according to attorney Deason, because Frontier Telenet did not follow protocols and for improperly using the e-rate funds.

“We’ve answered the questions the best we can,” Deason said over the phone. “We haven’t heard back from USAC.” Deason explained there is no course of appeal to follow until USAC responds.

“Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey stood and presented an impassioned speech about the future of Frontier Telenet and the importance the Frontier Regional 911 emergency dispatch system is to Sherman County law enforcement and emergency services.

“Your house is on fire,” Sheriff Lohrey said to the Frontier Telenet board. “Who will be in charge? There is no management,” Lohrey went on.

“Judge-elect Elizabeth Farrar reassured Sheriff Lohrey and others present that, while she couldn’t yet officially speak for the Gilliam County Court, she personally is comfortable granting $100,000 to Frontier Telenet. “There is no reason to think Gilliam County won’t support this,” Farrar said. “Gilliam County is in no way willing to leave this partnership.”

“Sherman County Commissioner Tom McCoy reiterated his statement that Frontier Telenet needs a plan “urgently,” a plan for medium and long term, for short-term financing and for staffing.

“Discussion turned to the Wasco-to-Rufus fiber build and heard that fiber would be in the ground by the end of March.

“Directors approved a bid not to exceed $32,750 for civil engineering for the Cottonwood State Park communications tower site.

“Directors approved a request to allow Sherman County to use dark fiber from the broadband project to better serve the fiber-to-the community project being constructed by GorgeNet.

“The next meeting of Frontier Telenet will be Friday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. at the courthouse in Condon.”

[Note: As of  mid-morning Thursday, January 3, 2019, eNews had not received notice of a January 4 meeting.]

2. Sherman 5th – 8th Basketball Schedule

Dec. 10 Mon. Horizon Christian Moro     4:00 5:00
Dec. 11 Tues. St. Mary’s The Dalles 4:00 5:00    
Dec. 13 Thurs. Arlington Moro 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
Dec. 17 Mon. Condon Condon 5:00 (CHS) 5:00 (CES) 4:00 (CHS) 4:00 (CES)
Jan. 7 Mon. St. Mary’s Moro 4:00 5:00    
Jan. 10 Thurs. Dufur Moro 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
Jan. 14 Mon. South Wasco Moro 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
Jan. 17 Thurs. Horizon Christian Hood River     4:00 5:00
Jan 22 Tues. St. Mary’s Moro 4:00 5:00    
Jan. 24 Thurs. Arlington Arlington 5:00 (AHS) 5:00 (AES) 4:00 (AHS) 5:00 (AES)
Jan. 28 Mon. Condon Moro 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
Jan. 31 Thurs. Dufur Dufur 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00
Feb. 4 Mon. South Wasco Maupin 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00
Feb. 7 Thurs. South Wasco Moro 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00

A Girls Coach:                  Kari Peters                        A Boys Coach:                 Rick Whitaker

B Girls Coach:                  Samantha Smith              B Boys Coach:                

Principal/AD:                   Mike Somnis                    Superintendent:              Wes Owens

3. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule

~Jeanie Pehlke, Confidential Secretary
Sherman County School District
541.565.3500  |  541.565.3319 (Fax)

Nov. 30 Fri Sherman Invitational

Culver, Stanfield, Grant Union

Moro   6:00 7:30
Dec 1 Sat Sherman Invitational

Culver, Stanfield, Grant Union

Moro   TBA TBA
Dec 8 Sat Damascus Christian Moro 3:00   4:30
Dec 11 Tues Trinity Lutheran Moro 4:30   6:00
Dec 14 Fri Hosanna Tournament Klamath Falls   TBA TBA
Dec. 15 Sat Hosanna Tournament Klamath Falls   TBA TBA
Dec 20 Thurs Ione Ione   6:00 7:30
Dec 22 Sat Condon/Wheeler Moro   4:00 5:30
Jan. 4 Fri South Wasco Maupin   5:00 6:30
Jan. 5 Sat Dufur Moro 1:00/2:30 4:00 5:30
Jan. 8 Tues Hood River (JV) Hood River   4:00  
Jan. 8 Tues Horizon Christian Hood River 4:30   6:00
Jan 9 Wed St. Paul Portland

(Moda Center)

Jan. 11 Fri Arlington Arlington 4:30 6:00 7:30
Jan. 12 Sat Mitchell/Spray Moro 2:30 4:00 5:30
Jan. 18 Fri Echo Echo 4:30 6:00 7:30
Jan. 19 Sat Ione Moro 12:30 (2qrts) 2:00 3:30
Jan. 25 Fri Condon/Wheeler Condon   6:00 7:30
Jan. 26 Sat Echo Moro 2:30 4:00 5:30
Jan 29 Tue Horizon Christian Moro 4:30   6:00
Feb. 1 Fri South Wasco Moro   5:00 6:30
Feb. 2 Sat Dufur Dufur 1:00/2:30 4:00 5:30
Feb. 8 Fri Arlington Moro 4:30 6:00 7:30
Feb. 9 Sat Mitchell/Spray Spray 2:30 4:00 5:30
Feb. 15 Fri District Madras   TBA TBA
Feb. 16 Sat District Madras   TBA TBA

Head Boys Coach:            Gary Lewis          Asst. Boys Coach: Bill Martin, Tim Zacharias, Ethan Moore

Head Girls Coach:           Steve Bird            Asst. Girls Coach:            Laurie Perisho

Principal/AD:                   Mike Somnis       Superintendent:               Wes Owens

4. Facets of Goal Setting

Since it’s the beginning of a new year, when we typically feel obliged to set goals, let’s take a look at the different facets of goal-setting and goal achievement.

The Internet is an amazing tool. However, we want to approach much of its content with a fair amount of skepticism – not everything claiming to be “fact” really is. It is usually opinion, based on the writer’s own bias. Take the matter of organizational goal-setting, and what one writer referred to as “the cult of positivity” in American corporations while setting big, audacious goals.

One such article posited that “the pro-goal consensus is starting to crumble,” because rigid goals may encourage employees to cut ethical corners in order to achieve these big, audacious goals. Ethical corner-cutting would seem to have more to do with the internal culture of an organization and its leadership, than the goals themselves. This ethical corner-cutting is more a hallmark of passive-aggressive cultures than the results of effective goal-setting.

This same article goes on to submit that goals may also lead to underachievement, and provides the example of New York cab drivers making less money on rainy days, because they hit their “mental target” (which would be called a “goal”) of a good day’s earnings, and head home. This isn’t really goal underachievement, but actually achievement. If it is anything, it is goal-setting up to a pre-set goal, and not through it to the next level higher goal.

We’ve all done this. It’s been a long, hard day at work, and all we want to do is get home to relax and spend a quiet evening. So, we get home, maybe even have dinner, and then do nothing much until it’s time to go to bed. We might even just sleep in the chair, if we have the energy to turn off the television!

Goals come in all shapes and sizes, and in as great a variety as there are people on the planet. It’s all about knowing where we want to go, and discovering the different paths to get us there. First things first, we need to know where we want to go, today. Then, as we close in on achieving that first step, moving the next goal further out, harnessing the energy and creativity present in us to grow even further. ~The Pacific Institute