Sherman County eNews #107


  1. Notice. Frontier Telenet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, April 24

  2. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop, May 18

  3. Requirements for a Love-Filled Life

  4. For Survivors, Reporting Victimization is a Complex Decision.

  5. Artificial Intelligence for Business Presentation, May 8

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

  7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Some Sherman County Firsts

  8. Deadline to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans Fast Approaching

1. Notice. Frontier Telenet Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, April 24

Meeting Date/Time: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Meeting Location: Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, OR

Teleconference Dial-in: 669-900-6833; Meeting ID: 954-533-312

Agenda No. & Subject

1.0 Call to Order; Establish Quorum; Introductions; Additions/Revisions to Agenda

2.0 Public Comment

3.0 Financial Matters

3.1 Review and Accept Monthly Financial Summaries for March 2019

3.2 Remove Brenda Snow Potter as Check Signer

3.3 FY2019-20 Budget: Approve Amended Calendar; Appoint New Budget Committee Members

4.0 Old Business

4.1 Update on Inland Development Consolidation of Trunk Line Service

5.0 New Business

5.1 Discuss Legal Counsel Contracts

5.2 Discuss Independent Audit of Frontier Telenet System

5.3 Discuss Updates on Sherman County Fiber Build/Internet Service

6.0 Day Wireless Update

7.0 Adjournment

2. Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Spring Workshop, May 18

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society is sponsoring a Spring Workshop with Pam Vestal on May 18, 2019 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Pam is a professional genealogist, writer and lecturer known for her appearances at genealogical conferences around the county and her business Generations Genealogy.  Pam is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogist Speakers Guild. Pam will give 3 lectures.

  1. Finding What You Need and Using What You Find: Strategies for Finding, Extracting, Organizing and Analyzing Information
  2. Filling in the Stories of Our Female Ancestors: Because women generated fewer records than men throughout history, we may find little information about them, but with a little digging we can still find ways of telling their story.
  3. Why They Left, Where They Went, and What Their Journeys Can Reveal!

Asking questions about migration, such as how, when, where, and especially why our ancestors left one location and moved to another, can help us expand our family histories and allow us to understand a great deal more about our ancestors.

Joining Pam, The Heritage Quest Research Library “Books On The Road” is a traveling book store of genealogical and historical information. Books, maps, software for purchase. Heritage Quest Research Library is a nonprofit genealogy library in Sumner, Washington, managed and staffed entirely by volunteers.

Sign-in is at 10:00 am and the workshop lectures begin at 11:00 am. The workshop is $40.00 without lunch and $52.50 with lunch in the Basalt Café – soup, salad, roll, cookie and beverage. Door prizes, too! For more information Contact Georga at 541.296.2882 or

3. Requirements for a Love-Filled Life

Would you like to have more love in your life? Are there days when you wonder if that’s even possible? Is there a possibility that you are not sure you can get it?

Now, when we use the word “love” in this context, we are not necessarily talking about romantic love. You see, love is a way of living, and there just isn’t any way that you can keep it in a box labeled “Romance.”

Whether you have love in your life, or not, has nothing to do with being lucky or being raised in the right kind of family environment, or having the right genes, either. Love is not a matter of chance. However, it is a matter of choice. And it doesn’t require wealth or education, talent, intelligence, beauty, or the best job in the world. None of these things are requirements for a love-filled life.

What it does require are two very important things. First, in order to have love in your life you must start by loving and accepting yourself, just the way you are. This means, among other things, that you don’t put yourself down, you don’t abuse yourself, physically or mentally, and you don’t allow others to do so, either. You are a unique and valuable individual – you just need to believe that.

The second thing that is required is that you learn how to love others in ways that are meaningful to them. You see, the secret of love is not money, beauty or luck. We get love by giving it away, and the more we give, the more we have. It’s a little like those milk glasses that magicians use, where it looks like all the milk is poured out and then it magically refills!

Having love in your life is based on you seeing you actually being a loving person, in your mind. It’s the picture you hold of yourself, that belief, that defines who you are and how you act. So, the only thing left to ask is, what else needs to be added to that picture to bring more love in your life? ~The Pacific Institute

4. For Survivors, Reporting Victimization is a Complex Decision.

Survivors face many barriers, resulting from both internal and external factors, when deciding whether to report their victimization. The National Crime Victimization Survey administered by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that in 2017, only 45 percent of violent victimizations were reported to law enforcement. To understand this statistic, the context around barriers to reporting should be explored. Some victims may not know the benefits of reporting a crime. They may think that their story feels insignificant, or they may wish to forget the incident and focus on recovery. Every victimization is significant, as it impacts the survivor and the larger community.

Reporting to law enforcement enables a survivor to apply for crime victim compensation, which is financial assistance that covers some expenses incurred after victimization. Survivors may also report a crime to open the possibility of achieving justice from their offenders, which can be a meaningful part of recovery. However, the decision to report is not always easy to make. For some victims, the consequences of reporting may outweigh the benefits. They may be afraid that their offender will retaliate and commit another, more severe crime. In other cases, victims may be reliant on their offenders for financial support, caretaking, or other resources.

Some victims may not have the necessary additional support if their offenders are jailed or if protection orders are issued. To protect their own safety and wellbeing, these victims may choose not to report their victimizations. Physical and logistical barriers may also prevent a victim from reporting a crime. Some survivors may lack transportation to a police station or lack access to a translator if they would like to report a crime in their preferred language.

New initiatives on the local, tribal, and national levels are working to make services more culturally appropriate for all victims and more accessible through phone apps and other emerging technology. Reporting a personal victimization is a decision that requires consideration of numerous factors, which differ dramatically in each case of victimization. We should support victims no matter which path they choose and encourage them to recover in a way that keeps them safe and encourages resilience.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, Sherman County Victim Assistance Program is here to connect you with resources. The office number is (541) 565-5030.

5. Artificial Intelligence for Business Presentation, May 8

Artificial Intelligence for Business at GTA Event with TEDx Speaker The Gorge Tech Alliance on May 8 is bringing TEDx speaker Charles Jennings to present on the state of Artificial Intelligence (AI) today and what it means for attendees’ businesses. While the focus will be on tech businesses, the event will have useful information for other Gorge business managers. AI is not some imagined killer robot threat but a game changer bigger than the internet that is already disrupting businesses around the world. Attendees will hear what is happening and how it will affect their business.

The speaker Charles Jennings is former CEO of the Caltech AI company and author of Artificial Intelligence: Rise of the Lightspeed Learners (Rowman & Littlefield; 2019). He has also published an op-ed piece on AI in the Los Angeles Times and given a popular TEDx talk “From Armadillos to Monkeys.”

The event is May 8, 2019 at The Ruins (13 Railroad Ave., Hood River) and includes networking, time for questions and catered appetizers. Cost for non-GTA members is $20 (cash at door or purchase online through Eventbrite). Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the presentation starting around 7:00 p.m.

The Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) is the regional tech industry association that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge with networking and educational events, business support and promotion, workforce development and STEM education. Contact Jessica Metta, Executive Director, at 541-296-2266, or learn more at

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

bird.owl3How fast are Oregon counties growing — or shrinking? All 36, ranked

Outdoor festival permit bill passes Oregon House

Anti-Semitism & the Roots of the Holocaust

Richardson’s Rock Ranch, Madras, Oregon

Prager U: Is Denmark Socialist?

7. Sherman County History Tidbits: Some Sherman County Firsts

Some Sherman County firsts were alleged, claimed, reported or stated:

COMMERCE. 1st permanent white settler William Graham at the mouth of the Deschutes River, 1859; 1st stage station tender, George Masiker, Sand Springs, 1862; 1st postmaster, Jesse Eaton, 1870; 1st town, Grant on the Columbia River; 1st physician, Dr. Charles R. Rollins, Grass Valley, 1878; 1st person to make concrete bricks here, Will Raymond, 1911; 1st electricity in some places, 1920s; 1st rural electrification, 1940s; 1st woman president of Wasco Electric Cooperative, Jean McKinney, 1988.

HISTORY. 1st historian, Albert J. Price; 1st regional history, The Illustrated History of Central Oregon, 1905; 1st historical society organized 1945; 1st county histories, 1958 The Golden Land by Giles French and 1976 They Paved the Way by Bertha Belshe; 1st museum 1983; 1st local history publication, Sherman County: For The Record, 1983-current.

8. Deadline to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans Fast Approaching

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in Oregon counties and neighboring counties in California and Washington of the deadline dates to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following Oregon primary counties.

Declaration Number Primary Counties Neighboring Counties Incident Type Incident Date Deadline
15726 Douglas, Jackson, Klamath and Lane Benton, Coos, Curry, Deschutes, Josephine, Lake, Lincoln and Linn in Oregon;

Modoc and Siskiyou in California

Drought Beginning Aug. 14, 2018 5/13/19
15732 Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington and Yamhill Gilliam, Jefferson, Lane, Linn and Wheeler in Oregon;

Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum in Washington

Drought Beginning July 24, 2018 5/28/19

According to Garfield, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disasters. “Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disasters’ impact,” said Garfield.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disasters and businesses directly impacted by the disasters. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage,” Garfield added.

The interest rate is as low as 3.61 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared declaration number OR 15726 on Sept. 12, 2018; and declaration number OR 15732 on Sept. 26, 2018.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, in drought disasters nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.