Sherman County eNews #15


  1. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Meeting, Jan. 16

  2. Frontier TeleNet Management & Turn-Around Proposal Approved

  3. Richard Macnab 1949-2019

  4. Gathering of Historical Organizations in & around Wasco County, Feb. 15

  5. Wasco County Original Courthouse 2019 Regional History Forum Series

  6. How Do You See Your World?

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

1. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting w/Sherman County Court, Jan. 16 

Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting

2 p.m. Sherman County Courthouse

Frontier Telenet’s minutes & agendas web page has been updated to include the agenda for the meeting on January 16, 2019 to consider the proposed Sherman County loan.

2. Frontier TeleNet Management & Turn-Around Proposal Approved

The Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors, at their January 11, 2019, meeting, agreed to move ahead with a management and turn-around plan as proposed by Gilliam County Judge Farrar.

Stakeholders will be interested in the January 17th Times-Journal report of the January 11th board meeting.

“MEETING DATE: January 11, 2019

“FROM: Elizabeth Farrar, Gilliam County Judge & Frontier Telenet Board Member

“TITLE OF AGENDA ITEM: Short-Term Management Plan & Interim Turnaround Consultant Proposal

SUMMARY: Frontier Telenet is at a crossroads. The organization finds itself in a serious financial shortfall and without the consultants it has historically relied on to manage the system’s day-to-day needs. This briefing lays out a potential way forward. It approaches the problem in three phases: Phase 1 (Immediate Needs – 6-8 weeks), Phase 2 (Turnaround – 6-9 months), Phase 3 (2020 and beyond).


The FTN Board’s central goal must be to ensure the reliability of the emergency communications system we are entrusted to manage. Our current contract with Day Wireless provides the technical expertise needed to keep the system up and fully functioning during this transition. Day Wireless will continue to receive real-time alerts when incidences arise that could affect the functionality and reliability of the system, and back-up systems and replacement parts are already in place to enable Day Wireless technicians to respond quickly when needed.

However, there may be times when emergency expenditures are needed or replacements to the replacement parts need to be purchased. The FTN Board needs to define the process for approving those expenditures in-between our regular meetings. 

“Recommendation 1: I am recommending the Board designate one member, as well as one alternate, who is authorized to approve emergency expenditures and replacement parts up to $10,000 in-between the Board’s regular meetings. Any expenditures over $10,000 would need to come before the full Board for approval. Before his departure, Marketing Consultant Mike Smith provided a list of pending projects. I asked Day Wireless to review those projects and prioritize them as high (needs attention in January/February), medium (can wait until after February), and low (longer-term). On the list, there were four projects they rated as high priority that are not directly connected to the Wheeler County Wireless Project (which Judge Morley is already overseeing): Gilliam County Courthouse Link, Juniper 700 Backup Batteries, Klondike Avangrid Connection, Spray School Dorm Connection. 

“Recommendation 2: I am recommending the Board designate one member to manage each of these projects and report back to the Board. The full Board will continue to make approvals for legal agreements, purchases, etc. related to these projects as needed. 

“PHASE 2: TURNAROUND (Duration: 6-9 months)

The FTN system is complex, and a complete turnaround of the organization requires a sustained time commitment and more technical expertise than the Board is able to provide on its own. Therefore, I am recommending FTN begin an immediate search for a qualified Interim Turnaround Manager, skilled in organizational restructuring and turnarounds, to assist the Board in putting FTN on a path to financial sustainability.

“The Interim Turnaround Manager would be tasked with implementing the recommendations contained in AOC’s Fall 2017 County Solutions assessment. Specifically:

(1) Conduct a comprehensive systems audit. The audit should include an asset map with the status of leases and agreements that support the current system, identification of needed upgrades, current customers and accounts, and marketable assets.

(2) Work with the FTN Board to establish a vision for the organization. The vision should identify the appropriate role for FTN in a changing regional technology landscape.

(3) Develop a business plan. As AOC’s report states, the business plan: “should build on the asset map, and be based on the vision to establish what kind of service is needed. The plan should outline the system upgrades that are needed and a strategy for how to pay for them. The plan should also develop a strategy to sequence new investments in the region and ensure expectations of service do not exceed the capacity of the systems to deliver them…To build ownership in the business plan, it should be developed in a transparent manner with opportunities for engagement with stakeholders.”

(4) Develop a marketing plan for those components identified in the systems audit as marketable assets with an eye toward the overall health and financial sustainability of the system.

(5) Make recommendations to the FTN Board for changes in the governance of the FTN organization to better align with FTN’s newly defined mission, improve transparency, increase stakeholder engagement, and promote sound fiscal management.

(6) Assist the FTN Board in identifying a fiscally prudent, long-term solution for managing the FTN system and, if necessary, hiring qualified staff.

(7) Develop and implement a plan to transition existing clients off of FTN’s network, as needed, to align with FTN’s redefined mission and business plan.

(8) Support the new FTN Board’s efforts to improve transparency and encourage public engagement in the decision-making of the organization.

(9) Provide management of the infrastructure system; working closely with FTN’s Board and vendors to ensure the critical communications system remains reliable and functional through this transition. 

“Recommendation 3: I am recommending the Board designate one member to serve as the turnaround point person. The designee would work with FTN Counsel to finalize a Scope of Work document for Board approval in late-January and to recruit at least 3 consultant candidates for the Board’s consideration in mid-late February. 


This phase will largely be shaped by the work product and recommendations that come from Phase 2.”

3. Richard Macnab 1949-2019

flower.rose.starRichard ‘Dick’ Macnab passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 6, 2019, in Hood River, Oregon. Dick was playing basketball Sunday, as he has a couple of times a week for many years, and between games went for some water and collapsed. He was born December 19, 1949, to Pete and Janet (Kaseberg) Macnab, and was 69 years of age at the time of his death. Services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, at the Wasco School Event Center, 903 Barnett Street in Wasco. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center, Celilo Chapel, 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles. A note of condolence can be left for the family on-line, http://www.AndersonsTributeCenter.

4. Gathering of Historical Organizations in & around Wasco County, Feb. 15







We all have a common interest in the history of this area.  Let’s get to know each other and share information with each other in an informal setting.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019, 5-7 p.m.




Appetizers, coffee, tea and water will be served and we will have a cake to celebrate Oregon’s Birthday!  Each organization may share a brief update for their upcoming year. (Try not to exceed 5 minutes).  Bring along brochures, etc. to exchange. Let’s make connections and work together to keep the history of our area alive!  RSVP by Feb. 12th to Jean at or 541-296-5785 or 541-980-7453.  Please leave a message if no answer.

5. Wasco County Original Courthouse 2019 Regional History Forum Series




Programs begin at 1:30 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom of the 1859 courthouse, 410 West 2nd Place, The Dalles behind the Chamber of Commerce / Visitors’ Center

Saturday, February 2

World War I, Part 1:  Stonehenge and the Great War

Washington State Park Ranger Mark Harris developed this PowerPoint for the 2018 centennial of the war and armistice.  He covers Sam Hill’s Stonehenge, the war’s beginnings, new technology used in the war, how uniforms differed between combatants, the role of women in the war effort, the trenches, the fall of empires and continuing effects of one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.

Saturday, February 9

World War I, Part 2:  Living History and Music of the War

Ranger Mark Harris returns in full uniform and unpacks his old kit bag of items

 a soldier carried into World War I.  His first person “living history” presentation rounds out the story of the war that ended with the Treaty of Versailles 100 years ago.  Members of the Cascade Singers will offer some songs of World War I.

Saturday, February 16

Japanese Families in the Mosier Area Prior to 1942

Dave Wilson, Mayerdale history researcher, presented a program worth repeating at Wasco County Historical Society’s annual meeting in 2014.  Historic photos and family stories reveal a vibrant Japanese community on what is now the Mayerdale Estate and nearby properties prior to the World War II internment.

Saturday, February 23

The Town Above Celilo Falls:  Launching Site for the Upper River

Local historian John Brookhouse has family connections to the long-ago town that served as entry point to the upper Columbia River above Celilo Falls.  He has added to the maps and photos from last summer’s Wasco County Historical Society program and they’ve been enlarged for projection on the big screen.

Admission is free for the February programs. Donations gladly accepted! – Downstairs monitor for those unable to climb stairs. Coffee and cookies will be served. Become a member of Original Courthouse – help preserve local history!

6. How Do You See Your World?

Whether you know of him or not, a debt of gratitude is owed to the research into optimism and pessimism made by Dr. Martin Seligman. A past president of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Seligman is the author of numerous books on the subjects of optimism and pessimism and how they affect the way we look at our world and interact with it.

How do you find out if you are an optimist or pessimist? Ask yourself the question: How do I think when bad things happen to me? A pessimist lets the bad thing contaminate everything in their life: home, work, relationships – the works. It is called “globalizing.” An optimist, on the other hand, isolates the bad. “It’s just this one piece that’s not so good; everything else is OK.”

The other thing a pessimist does is “eternalize” the bad thing. “It’s awful now, and it’s going to be this way forever. Nothing is ever going to go right again.” An optimist puts a time-frame on it. “Yes, it’s going to be painful for a while, but I’ll get through it. Things will change for the better.” Pessimists have a tendency to take accountability for the entire mess they are in, whether it was entirely their fault or not, while optimists take accountability for what they caused, and realize that there were other factors involved.

Now, let’s turn it around. How do you think when good things happen? A pessimist calls it a one-time thing, believes it won’t last, and minimizes their part in the success. The optimist? An optimist lets the good things color everything they do, believes that it will last forever, and takes credit for their part in the success – “I caused it.” ~The Pacific Institute

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

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