Sherman County eNews #88


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, April 3

  2. Recycle the Four-Leaf Clover

  3. Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo in Pendleton, July 27

  4. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley wants to abolish the Electoral College

  5. BBB Warning: Outdoor Equipment Company Gets “F” Rating

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

1. All County Prayer Meeting, April 3

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, April 3 @ the Wasco Church of Christ.  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. ~ Red Gibbs

2. Recycle the Four-Leaf Clover

Would you like to change your luck for the better? If you do, throw away your rabbit’s foot and four leaf clover or whatever else you keep around to give you “good luck.” Today, let’s delve into the concept of “luck.”

Why is it that some people are successful at almost everything they do, while others seem to continually fail? Is it luck, or is something else going on?

What we normally attribute to a force called “luck” is simply the part of our mind that does not see the whole picture. No one creates any condition – health, finances, career, relationships – unless she or he has attracted it by patterns of thinking. As a poet once said, “We think in secret and it comes to pass; our environment is our looking glass.” It follows, then, that if we want to change our luck, we must change our patterns of thinking.

Just as the waves of the ocean create distinct physical formations of sand and rock on beaches, the waves of our thoughts create physical manifestations in our experience. Our minds are far more powerful than we can even begin to imagine, and each day, we are discovering just how powerful. When you see yourself as the creator of your own experience, your “luck” if you want to call it that, will change. You can toss the rabbit’s foot and recycle the four-leaf clover.

To make a long story short, you are lucky if you think you are. You are unlucky, if you think you are. The good news is that we have the power to decide which way to think. Perhaps you will find this idea interesting enough to explore in greater depth on your own? ~The Pacific Institute

3. Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo in Pendleton, July 27

The Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo, the state’s largest veteran resource event, comes to eastern Oregon for the first time this summer. The Expo, which has previously served veterans in Salem, Portland, Redmond and Medford, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Pendleton Convention Center.

The purpose of the event is to provide a one-stop shop for Oregon veterans of all eras and walks of life to learn about and access the full range of their earned benefits. The Expo offers resources from many different benefit areas, including health care, claims assistance, finance, home loans, long-term care, mental health, education, business and recreation.

The annual Expo is organized by the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs and is hosted in different locations throughout the state.

“One thing we hear from veterans year after year with this event is that they’re blown away by all the benefits and resources they never knew existed,” ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick said. “Most come to the Expo with some idea of a few areas they want information in, but they always walk away with a whole lot more.”

This year’s event is being presented in partnership with Oregon Lottery, a longtime supporter of causes important to Oregonians, including public education, the environment and the veteran community.

ODVA invites government and nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to veterans in Oregon to participate in this year’s Expo. We also welcome for-profit companies that are interested in hiring veterans to participate in the Veteran Career Fair that is held in conjunction with the Expo.

Interested organizations may request participation online at There is no fee to participate, however ODVA reserves the right to limit participation based on space availability and the suitableness of services an organization provides to veterans.

For more information about the Expo, visit

4. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley wants to abolish the Electoral College

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley introduced a constitutional amendment Friday to abolish the Electoral College.

Merkley, who flirted with a presidential run over the past 2 years, tweeted his announcement.

“It’s time to end the undemocratic Electoral College, and to ensure a pathway to full voting representation for all American citizens, regardless of whether they live in Portland or Puerto Rico,” Merkley said in a statement.

The bill would mean presidential races would be determined by popular vote.

Merkley has long spoken about how the current electoral system is “profoundly unfair” and has resulted in candidates who lost the popular vote to become President of the United States.

Donald Trump lost the popular vote by about 3 million to Hillary Clinton in 2016. George W. Bush also had fewer votes than Al Gore in 2000.

Getting a constitutional amendment enacted is a daunting task. First, the amendment would need the OK from more than 2/3 of both the House and the Senate, then it needs to be ratified by at least 38 of the 50 states.

The state of Oregon has toyed with the idea of joining a number of states pushing for the abolition of the Electoral College… … …

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5. BBB Warning: Outdoor Equipment Company Gets “F” Rating

Oregon Consumers Lose Money to Online Store

Portland, OR – March 29, 2019 – Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is warning consumers about, an online store that claims to be operating out of Buffalo, New York. Gearow appears to specialize in outdoor equipment and accessories.

Consumers across the United States, including Oregon, report placing orders with the site, and never receiving the items or any form of correspondence. There are complaints from 40 out of the 50 states.

After many customers filed complaints, BBB of Upstate New York investigated in December 2018. The BBB investigation discovered that all of the phone numbers associated with the company were disconnected and that the address listed on the website is that of a storage facility in Buffalo. However, as of March 2019, the website is still active.

Consumer complaints also included receiving fake tracking numbers and having to wait months for any type of package. Those who did eventually receive their order, determined the packages were actually coming from overseas, based on the postage.  Because of the complaint activity, the company has an F rating with BBB. There are also 47 customer reviews for the company (all one-star reviews), and ten reports to BBB Scam Tracker.  Because of the personal information consumers need to enter when shopping online, interacting with a phony and/or fraudulent website such as this one could lead to identity theft in worst-case scenarios. BBB NW+P encourages consumers to follow these tips:

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

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Bev Clarno, Former House Speaker, Will Be Oregon’s Next Secretary Of State

Senator Merkley wants to abolish the Electoral College

The Daily Wire

Brilliant Map Projections: Mercator vs The True Size of Each Country

Extreme Oregon | Images of Oregon


Sherman County eNews #87


  1. Reaching for a Full Life

  2. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: The Goatees 4-H Club

  3. William “Bill” Hulse 1920-2019

  4. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting Audio Recording, March 25

  5. Legislation could help Oregon’s public libraries

  6. Oregon Capital Insider: This week in Salem, by the numbers

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

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ~John Wooden, American basketball coach

1. Reaching for a Full Life

Do you ever wonder how you can tell if you’re living your life in the best possible way? There are some pretty good indicators. Let’s take a look at them today.

You have probably read that it’s pretty much up to you to create a life that works, that feels right, and that makes you happy. But how in the world can you tell if you’re living your life to the fullest? There are some questions you can ask yourself that will help tell you what you need to know. For example:

  • Are you doing what you love most of the time? All of us do some things we don’t much care for, but if that’s all we do, we’re in trouble.
  • Do you feel comfortable most of the time? Sure, everyone gets nervous sometimes, but the vast majority of our days shouldn’t be filled with anxiety or fear.
  • Are you willing and able to take risks? Risk-taking can be scary, but it is in taking those smaller risks that we start to grow more fully into the person we know we can be.
  • Do you feel free to make mistakes without causing harsh criticism or a catastrophe? It is good to remember that nobody is perfect.
  • Do you cut yourself enough slack and allow yourself to fail from time to time without making any undue fuss about it? (Keep in mind that we actually learn more from our failures than we do from our successes.)
  • Do you feel optimistic about the future, and confident that your plans will come to fruition?
  • Do you feel that your life is one in which you can be your best self?

If you have answered “no” to any of these questions, it is important to realize that you are not doing yourself or anyone else a favor by tolerating these conditions. So, ask yourself one more question: Can you see yourself making some changes to reach that full life? ~The Pacific Institute

2. Sherman County 4-H News Reports: The Goatees 4-H Club

4-H clover1The Goatees 4-H club met on March 28 at 6pm at the Extension Office.  Attending were:  Coral, Lexi, Savanna, Kalex, Mercedez, Austin, Cade, Elijah, T’Sharra, Melanie and Quinton.  Excused absences were:  Michael, Emersyn, Calvin, Antone, Ben, Tayler, Bailee, Clay.

Pledge of Allegiance led by Mercedez.  4-H Pledge by T’Sharra.  We introduced each other.  After that we talked about the dates of the tag ins.  Then we talked about what to feed them.  Then we talked about the pens and what you need for fair.  President is Mercedez, Vice President Lexi, Secretary T’Sharra.  Our next meeting will be in April.  Meeting adjourned at 6:25pm.

Signed Alexis Holt, News Reporter

3. William “Bill” Hulse 1920-2019

flower.rose.starWilliam “Bill” Leroy Hulse of The Dalles, Ore., and long-time resident of Dufur, Ore., passed away of natural causes on March 11, 2019.

Bill was born in Moro, Ore., on August 4, 1920 to Roy Paul and Mary Jane (Taylor) Hulse. He was the youngest of three children, Paul the eldest and Janet the middle. Bill started his wheat and cattle ranching career as a youth on Tygh Ridge. By the time of his first marriage to his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Hood, he owned his first piece of property. After Lorraine’s death of polio, Bill met and married Masil Harrison of Redmond, Ore. They adopted their first infant son, Daniel Leroy, born June 30, 1950, then their second, Davey William, born August 11, 1953.

He eventually owned several pieces of land throughout northern Wasco County. He and his family lived just west of Dufur. On Labor Day, 1960, his sons were involved in an accident that left Danny dead and Davey blind. Although it was a difficult decision, Bill and Masil enrolled their son at the Oregon School for the Blind in Salem and ensured that he got home for family time and church every weekend for the next five years after which Davey came back to finish school at Dufur. In 1962, they adopted their daughter, Mary Ann, born March 20, 1958.

Bill believed not only in running a solid business to support his wife and family, but also in contributing to his community. Many young people learned the value of work and to love the farming life on his ranch.

Bill also took on many challenging jobs in the community-the school board, the fair board, the board of his beloved Dufur Christian Church, among others, and, at the end of his working careers, the position of Judge with the Wasco County Court, during the climax of the notorious commune known as Rajneeshpuram. His second marriage ended in divorce in 1981. Two years later, Bill courted and married Rose Hannah (Roseanna) Macnab McCullough, a widow and long-time resident of Dufur.

Bill spent much of his retirement years traveling and relaxing, enjoying golf, and cherishing his wife, their united families and grandchildren, and helping develop and stabilize the Discovery Center west of The Dalles.

Each of Bill’s wives preceded him in death as did his son Danny and stepson Kenn McCullough. He is survived by his son Davey (Vera Randall) and granddaughter Darah (John Gillette) Hulse; daughter Mary Ann (Doug) Brown and grandchildren Dana and Ryan Plieth; grandchildren by Kenn McCullough (Kim) Kyle (Tami), Turf (Erika), and Kasey; Laurie McCullough (John) Williams and grandchildren Heather (Greg) Gallagher, and Noah (Tawnya); Mary Linn McCullough (Greg) Knutson and grandchild Alex (Deanna) Zalaznik; and Kevin (Kathy) McCullough and grandchildren Darcie and Colton. His older brother Paul’s children Mike Hulse and Carmagene Hulse of Dufur, along with their many descendants, and sister Janet’s youngest, Howard Collins, continue to live in Oregon. Each of these and many great grandchildren will miss his smile which glowed in spite of many life’s challenges, his wisdom gained through those challenges, and his love for each of them and for his Lord.

An informal community reception will be held in his honor Sunday, March 31, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.  at Flagstone Senior Living 3325 Columbia View Drive, The Dalles, Oregon.

Bill asked that his graveside service be a family affair and this wish will be honored on April 1, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, The Dalles, Oregon.

 4. Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting Audio Recording, March 25

Frontier Telenet’s web site has been updated to include a link to the audio recording of the Frontier Telenet Board of Directors meeting held on March 25, 2019.

To access the recording click the following link: 2019 Board Meeting Audio Recordings.

5. Legislation could help Oregon’s public libraries

Over the last several years, public libraries have struggled to stay afloat in rural communities from Douglas to Wallowa counties.

A bill sponsored by Rep. David Gomberg, D-Central Coast, recognizes that public libraries are a public good and would have the state library set minimum conditions for public libraries.

House Bill 2243 also recognizes that a public library is a public agency “that provides free and equal access to library and information services for all residents of a local government unit.”

These days, libraries provide computers, internet access and early literacy programs, in addition to books, Jerianne Thompson, of the Tualatin Public Library, told lawmakers March 20.

The state’s definition of a public library was last updated in 1983, and technology has advanced significantly since then, said Emily David of the Springfield Public Library.

Updating the definition of a public library gives libraries a way to evaluate their services and make them more efficient, David said.

To create a library, a community only needs to pass a resolution, ordinance or election establishing a library and a 3-year operational plan.

There aren’t any requirements for funding or staffing, said Susan Westin of the State Library. The minimum conditions laid out in HB 2243 allows communities to have “access to sustainable library services,” including financial support and regular hours, Westin said.  ~Oregon Capital Insider

6. Oregon Capital Insider: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.GrapeHere are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

  • 4: Oregon cases of a rare tick-borne disease, Colorado tick fever, reported in May 2018, according to Live Science, citing a CDC report. The state typically sees one case every year.
  • 14: Members of the Joint Committee on Student Success.
  • $1.2 billion: Expected economic impact of the kombucha industry by 2020, according to OPB, quoting Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.
  • 25: Percent alcohol by volume that a kombucha beverage would have to be before being taxed like alcohol under a proposal brought by Blumenauer, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Most kombucha beverages contain trace amounts of alcohol but are subject to alcohol taxes if they contain 0.5 percent alcohol by volume or more.
  • 35: Percent of Oregon high schoolers who have spent any part of high school in foster care that graduated on time in 2017, according to The Oregonian.
  • 7: High school graduation rate among all Oregon students that year, according to state data.
  • 25: Percent of gas pumps that stations could make self-service under a new proposal from Oregon lawmakers, according to Reason. Stations with fewer than four pumps could have one self-service pump.
  • 44: Percent of Oregonians that oppose the state’s ban on self-service gas, according to 2014 poll figures Rep. Julie Fahey, D-Eugene, provided to Reason.
  • 46: Percent of Oregonians that support the ban. Currently, self-service is only allowed in certain low-population counties.
  • 100,000: Approximate number of undocumented immigrants in Oregon, according to the AP. Lawmakers are considering legislation to allow undocumented immigrants in the state to get drivers’ licenses.

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

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Genealogy How-To Books: How a Little Reading Can Save You A Lot Of Time

Hemp’s growth ‘exploding’ in Oregon

The State of Oregon’s Art Collection has a New Website