Sherman County eNews #89


  1. April is National Child Abuse Prevention & Sexual Assault Awareness Month

  2. A Summary of the Current Legislature to Date

  3. All County Prayer Meeting, April 3

  4. Complex Thinking Skills

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits

  6. Frontier Telenet board looks at finances, future

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

You will teach them to fly, but they will not fly your flight.

You will teach them to dream, but they will not dream your dream.

You will teach them to live, but they will not live your life.

Nevertheless, in every flight, in every life, in every dream,

the print of the way you taught will always remain. – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

1. April is National Child Abuse Prevention & Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website to learn how you can help protect children: April is also National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (NSAAM). Find out how to support victims of sexual assault in our schools, college campuses, workplaces, and community:

Sherman County Victim Assistance Program will have their annual awareness campaign displayed at the library in Moro for the whole month of April. In the display you will find brochures/tip sheets/books relating to various victimization topics as well as Sherman County’s proclamation for Victim’s Rights Week during April 7-13, 2019.

2. A Summary of the Current Legislature to Date

There are now 1,443 bills filed in the House and more than 1,000 in the Senate. Hundreds have had their first hearing. And some bills – generally the simpler, less controversial ones – have made their way through committee to pass in the first chamber.  That means that a bill that started in the House has passed and is in the Senate for consideration, and vice versa. A bill that didn’t have “Work Session” (where action is taken) scheduled is considered no longer viable as of last Friday.

Bills assigned to Ways and Means or either Rules Committee are not subject to the March 29 deadline. Generally, less than 1000 bills end up passing each session.  ~ By Frontier Advocates

 3. 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

4. Complex Thinking Skills

Do you know what either/or thinking is? Either/or thinking, or black and white thinking as it is sometimes called, can be a very dangerous thing, and it is basically just what it sounds like – a fixed mindset.

Either/or thinkers don’t see shades of gray. They want easy answers and they like to keep it simple. These either/or thinkers see life in terms of winners and losers, good guys and bad guys, success or failure, right and wrong. What they fail to realize is that right and wrong often depend on time, place, culture and purpose, among other things.

They don’t see that no one is all good or all bad, or that success and failure depend on how you define them, as do winning and losing. Neither do they see the degrees of difference that stretch between most polar opposites, because if they did, they would need to accept the complexity of life today, cultivate deeper thinking skills, as well as the ability to deal with subtle differences.

It is true that either/or thinkers don’t see these things. They build blind spots, or scotomas, to this information, because it threatens their either/or belief system. It simply doesn’t get through. Open and considered discussion becomes near impossible. You can see evidence of this every day, in the local, national and international news stories. Just check today’s newspaper or online news services.

Do you ever catch yourself doing either/or thinking? Most of us do, from time to time. It’s a dangerous habit, but it’s one you can learn to break, if you choose to. Self-awareness is the first step. A strong desire to change and grow will help you open up your thinking to possibilities and keep you from getting stuck in a black and white world – a world that, in reality, doesn’t exist. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County History Tidbits

time.hourglass1Sherman County Census, 1905

An Official Summary, as Compiled by Assessor Otto Peetz.

Assessor Otto Peetz has furnished the following official summary of the 1905 census of Sherman county for publication:

By precincts        Population

Wasco……………… 1031

Moro………………… 727

Grass Valley………. 707

Kent ………………… 511

Monkland…………… 287

Rufus ……………….. 262

Bigelow …………….. 180

Rutledge ……………. 177

Total in precincts….. 3882

*  *  *

By Cities

Wasco……………… 498

Moro ……………….. 446

Grass Valley …….. 383

Total in cities…….. 1327

Source: Sherman County Observer, September 8, 1905

6. Frontier Telenet board looks at finances, future

Posted by permission of The Times-Journal:

Directors of Frontier Telenet and others interested in that ORS 190 entity met Monday morning this (last) week at the Sherman County Courthouse in Moro, and by phone.

In reviewing the agenda before discussions began, board member Elizabeth Farrar, Gilliam County Judge, asked that a discussion of a long-term plan be placed on the agenda, and a review of updated 2018-2019 revenue and expense allocation by customer class and a discussion of Inland Development’s offer to purchase three wireless transport circuits beginning July 1, 2019 were removed from the agenda.

An e-mail from resident Les Ruark was acknowledged and made a part of the record, but not read at the meeting. His missive noted his objections concerning no public or advance mention of several agenda items and no agenda support material was made accessible to interested persons; no opportunity for the public to apply for or be considered for appointment to the Budget Committee; the public comment item being placed at the end of the agenda allowing no opportunity for public input on agenda item discussions; no public mention in the board’s change in legal counsel; and no disclosure, following requests, of the costs incurred by Frontier Telenet’s ‘telecom’ attorney Jim Deason.

Ruark asked, too, that the audio recording of the day’s meeting be posted on Frontier Telenet’s web page “at the earliest opportunity.”

In discussing the minutes of previous meetings, presented in ‘hard copy’ form for approval, directors were reminded that, at a meeting held in January, they had agreed that the audio version of the meeting would become the official record of the meetings. Written minutes and notes of a meeting, it was agreed, would become Frontier Telenet board looks at finances, future ancillary support information to a meeting. To continue with the tradition, however, directors did approve the hard copy minutes of meetings held Jan. 11, Jan. 22, Jan. 25, Feb. 15, and March 1. Directors clarified that the audio recordings of the meetings will become the official record.

In reviewing financial matters, director Elizabeth Farrar acknowledged the legal fees of Annala Carey in the financial material, but no fees listed for telecom attorney Jim Deason. Deason indicated he had not submitted his invoices, and that it had been “some time” since he had.

Discussion continued over accounts receivable and questions arose. Attorney Deason explained that an ongoing matter with Light Speed Network had been resolved and monthly payments can be expected moving forward, and contacted staff Jeanne Burch, by phone from Hawaii, indicated that Frontier Telenet can anticipate receiving $14,000 per month, “if everybody pays.” She also noted that several new accounts have been identified.

In discussion of the budget process, a proposed budget calendar had been suggested with meetings in May and June. Judge Farrar and Judge Joe Dabulskis noted that the county budget processes begin earlier and that it would be helpful in county budgeting and Frontier Telenet budgeting if the processes more closely coincided. To that end, meeting and publication dates were researched and Frontier Telenet will now conduct its first Budget Committee meeting Friday, April 5, 10 a.m. at the courthouse in Condon.

Subsequent in the meeting, Brad Lohrey, Gary Bettencourt and Mike Smith, sheriffs, respectively, of Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties, were appointed to the Frontier Telenet Budget Committee, pending their acceptance. Also on the Budget Committee are the three Frontier Telenet directors – Judge Morley, Judge Dabulskis and Judge Farrar. Brenda Snow-Potter of Wheeler County was appointed as Budget Officer.

Directors discussed the matter of public records, custodianship of the records, fees and the waiving of fees for public records. Frontier Telenet’s policy has been that all three board members have been designated as custodians of the entity’s records. Jeanne Burch indicated that there has been three requests for public records in the past two years. Judge Farrar noted that she is aware of two requests for information from Gilliam County residents who are waiting for replies. Burch indicated that, to her knowledge, requests to Frontier Telenet for information had been satisfied.

“As long as people are getting responses,” Judge Farrar said. “Given our financial situation, it’s likely we will have to go to the voters for funding. From a public trust standpoint, we must make every effort to meet public requests for information.”

Regarding the elusive federal e-rate dollars, attorney Deason indicated it had been four months since he had sent a communication to USAC and he has heard that the original case manager had changed and “they can’t find now who is in charge” of Frontier Telenet’s claim for $238,000 Frontier Telenet says is owed from 2017-2018.

“Are we chasing funds that are unattainable?” asked Judge Farrar. Attorney Deason suggested keeping the claim alive, but also indicated there are no time-lines.

Judge Farrar started a conversation about a question that is beginning to loom over both Frontier Telenet and Frontier Regional 911 Dispatch – noting that Frontier Telenet’s wireless infrastructure is invaluable, she also noted that it is a matter of time before internet users will want fiber rather than wireless.

“If all we (Frontier Telenet) do is provide wireless service to the 911 dispatch, then the oversight for that should be by the Frontier Regional 911 board,” she suggested. Adding that, “Why do we need two separate entities to manage this?”

Judge Dabulskis suggested waiting until the fiber projects are completed – fiber from Wasco to Rufus and from Arlington to Condon. “Let’s wait until our ducks are in a row,” Judge Dabulskis said, “and we need to communicate better.”

With many of the decisions facing the Frontier Telenet and Frontier Regional 911 boards of a technical nature, Day Wireless staff, Steve Wynn, Ryan LeBlanc and Todd Cox, who have been the technicians working on Frontier Telenet’s wireless system since its inception, offered that they could provide valuable consulting services along with their technical expertise. They indicated that Frontier Telenet’s decision to consolidate internet access came as a surprise to them, and noted that such decisions may at times affect the entire system, or portions of it.

“We have a perspective that can help,” LeBlanc told the board, noting that “you do own a state-of-the-art wireless system. We’re here to help, we just need to be involved.”

In other matters, directors:

— while acknowledging once again the need for a long term plan, approved the final

audit for period ending June 30, 2018.

— approved an audit engagement proposal from Solutions IT for the 2018-2019

fiscal year.

— approved a proposal submitted by Solutions IT

— appointed board president, Judge Morley, to be

the entity’s registered agent.

— heard attorney Deason suggest that an entity called Inteserra be considered to

handle Frontier Telenet’s regulatory reporting and compliance matters.

— approved an offer from Inland Development to consolidate internet access trunk line service, a decision that would amount to considerable savings for Frontier Telenet, pending a review of the offer from technical contractors.

— considered matters of daily administration and agreed that a scope of work must be developed.

— heard Judge Farrar volunteer to over-see Frontier Telenet’s IT services, but would check with Gilliam County resources on IT matters first and report back to the board.

— approved the resignation of contract staff Jeanne Burch after receiving her resignation in the form of a letter; and commended her for the time and effort that she had committed to Frontier Telenet over the years.

Discussion will continue on matters of administration, organization and reorganization of Frontier Telenet and its association with Frontier Regional 911  Dispatch.

Meanwhile, Frontier Telenet’s Budget Committee will meet Friday, April 5, 10 a.m. at the Gilliam County Courthouse in Condon.

[Audio recordings of Frontier TeleNet meetings are posted here:

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

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