Sherman County eNews #17


  1. Sherman County Wrestling Club T-Shirts

  2. Oregon Heritage Grants Open for Applications

  3. Mitten Tree Thank You

  4. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Work Session, Jan. 22

  5. Notice. Tri-County Courts Meeting, Jan. 25

  6. Oregon Raceway Park Seeks Course Marshals & Security & Working Personnel

  7. Performing Arts Initiative Business Consortium

  8. The Freedom of Accountability

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

1. Sherman County Wrestling Club T-Shirts

The Sherman County wrestling club will be ordering t-shirts again! To order a Sherman County wrestling shirt, please get a hold of Jeremy Lanthorn and with the size before Friday, January 25th. Shirts will be $20.00 each. Contact Jeremy Lanthorn, or 541-993-2446.

2. Oregon Heritage Grants Open for Applications 

time.hourglass1Four Oregon Heritage Grants are now open for applications:

  • Museum Grant – Deadline is May 1, 2019
  • Historic Cemeteries Grant – Deadline is May 1, 2019
  • Diamonds in the Rough Grant – Deadline is May 15, 2019
  • Preserving Oregon – Letter of Intent due April 17, 2019

Information for All Grants

  • Information on all grants can be found by visiting here or contact Kuri Gill at or (503) 986-0685.
  • Instructions for using the online grants system can be found here.
  • Free grant workshop on March 19, 10am-11:30am,  725 Summer St NE, Rm 124A Contact Kuri Gill at or (503) 986-068 to register.
  • Free webinar on March 15, 2:30pm-4p, register here.
  • For more information about Oregon Heritage programs visit

3. Mitten Tree Thank You

mittens1Thank you, Sherman County Community members, School District staff, and students for turning Sherman County Public/School Library’s Mitten Tree into a beautiful giving tree. Our school and community donated 13 hats, 26 pairs of gloves and mittens, 9 scarves, 3 pairs of socks, and 34 blankets to the Sherman County Food Bank. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated! A special thanks to Trent Harrison for picking up the Mitten Tree donations for us. ~Marylou Martin, Sherman County Public/School Library

4. Notice. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Work Session, Jan. 22

Frontier Telenet’s minutes & agendas web page has been updated to include the agenda for the upcoming Board work session to be held on January 22, 2019 in Moro. To access the agenda directly click the following link:

[Editorial Note: The agenda states that the board will not deliberate toward or make any final decisions or take any final action at this meeting. Frontier TeleNet legal counsel Jim Deason and chairman Lynn Morley, Wheeler County Judge, will lead discussion and make reports. Topics include a general background of the Frontier TeleNet organization, active projects, regulatory reporting requirements, federal E-rate funds, an executive session and discussion of projects: 2016 Sherman Fiber Project, 2018 Frontier 9-1-1 Burns-Paiute Tribe Project and daily administrative requirements.]

5. Notice. Tri-County Courts Meeting, Jan. 25

Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler County Courts

January 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

Jeanne Burch Building

401 Fourth Street, Meeting Room

Fossil, OR 97830


1.0 Call to Order

2.0 Introductions

3.0 Amendments to the Agenda

4.0 Building Codes Inspecting Services Update

5.0 Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) 2.0 Boundary Changes – Tom McCoy

6.0 Frontier Telenet Update

7.0 Set next meeting date

8.0 Adjourn

6. Oregon Raceway Park Seeks Course Marshals & Security & Working Personnel

Oregon Raceway Park has a wide variety of openings for the 2019 season! Watch the races and get paid for it, too.

Course Marshal: Candidates must be 18 years of age, able to climb ladders, have the ability to be outdoors (sometimes in harsh conditions), have good verbal communication skills and be able to react calmly and quickly to emergency situations.  

Security: Crowd control, have guests sign liability release waiver and issue a colored wrist band as they arrive and enter ORP premises.  Day and night shifts available. 

Working Personnel: This is for all other duties that need to be done at ORP on a regular basis. 

Orientation Day: Is mandatory and will be held March 16, 2019 from 9am-5pm at 93811 Blagg Lane, Grass Valley, OR 97029.

If interested in any of the positions please contact Brenda Pikl: 541-333-2452                                                                                                                    or   

7. Performing Arts Initiative Business Consortium

Join us for an informative event 5pm Wednesday February 6 at Naked Winery, corner of 2nd and Oak Streets, Hood River.

You may have heard of our recent PAI Business Consortium Kick-off event, held in December. This will be another opportunity to network with Gorge businesses who are involved in and appreciate the performing arts.

We will also share a more in-depth look at the recent NCAR survey which listed Hood River as one of the top 10 “Arts Vibrant Small Communities” in the United States, and a new presentation “8 Reasons to Support the Arts” with specific information on how business can benefit from supporting the arts in our Gorge community.

Please RSVP by Feb. 4, to John Hardham, or 503-701-0435.

8. The Freedom of Accountability

We’ve talked a lot about mindsets, attitudes and beliefs these past several days. You should have been able to draw connections to how you are viewing the continuing stream of news as well as how you view your current situation. There is another piece to address: personal accountability.

A decade or so ago, we saw many of the institutions we thought of as being “solid” and “well-managed” collapse under the weight of some less-than-effective decision making. A lot of people lost a lot of money, and saw their retirement nest eggs shrink, if not disappear altogether. People lost their jobs, and while the employment news has been encouraging, some are still out of work. There has been a fair amount of finger-pointing and laying of blame, as well as a reluctance to accept responsibility for those decisions – on both sides of the coin, so to speak.

Should banks and lending institutions have offered unsecured loans, based on a real estate market boom that had nearly run its course? Probably not. Should individuals have taken out those loans, based on the hope that property values would continue to rise, knowing that they did not have the means to repay the loans? Probably not. But does that mean we need to back up our dreams or discard them altogether?

Definitely not. We all need dreams, because we do move toward and become like what we think about. And, those dreams need to be turned into goals to achieve. But we also need to remember that sometimes, the answer is, “No . . . for now.” In the example above, the goal of owning your own home is a noble goal, and one worthy of achieving. Just remember that some goals take a little longer to achieve.

The old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” has become, “If at first you don’t succeed, fix the blame fast.” Until each of us takes accountability for our own decisions, we labor under the weight of blame and pessimism. We effectively deny ourselves the freedom to move forward, and that has no place in a world with challenges to solve. ~The Pacific Institute

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