Sherman County eNews #317


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

  2. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Committee Meeting, Dec. 12

  3. How Healthy is Your Soil?

  4. Subscribe. The Other Oregon: The Voice for Rural Oregon

  5. Community Breakfast to Benefit Goldendale Fire Department, Dec. 9

  6. Begin, Again

“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.” —Samuel Adams (1780)

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

 Sherman County Classifieds Facebook Group

Sherman County Facebook Group

Oregon Capital Insider, Capital Chatter

The Other Oregon: The Voice for Rural Oregon

Warm Springs Reflections

1855 Treaty with the Tribes of Middle Oregon

The Museum at Warm Springs

Capital Chatter: Merkley White House run could cost him Senate 

Oregon Encyclopedia: Maraschino Cherries

2. Notice. Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Committee Meeting, Dec. 12

The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program’s next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday December 12th, 2018 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Wasco County Planning Department, located at 2705 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

Representatives from the member agencies of the counties of Wasco, Sherman and Hood River, and the cities of The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Mosier, Dufur and Maupin will hold their meeting to discuss approval of minutes, fiscal & progress reports, lead agency, budget, status of facilities, staffing, grants and other miscellaneous items.

The nine governments signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2003 to build and operate two permanent household hazardous waste collection facilities in Hood River and The Dalles, and conduct satellite collection events throughout the region. Wasco County is the lead agency. The facilities and events collect hazardous wastes from households, businesses and institutions which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators, as well as pesticide wastes from farmers and ranchers.

For more information: Call Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program at (541) 506-2636.

3. How Healthy is Your Soil?

Chewed-up, ripped, torn, threadbare, riddled with holes, completely, utterly soiled–the undies in Oregon’s farm country are falling to pieces. And that’s just the way farmers like it.

Whether you’re on crop, range or forestland, the quick and dirty way to test your soil health is by “planting” a pair of new, cotton underwear in the site you’re curious about. Wait at least 60 days, then dig them back up. The more the undies are deteriorated, the healthier your soil.

100% cotton vanishing act

Here’s more:

4. Subscribe. The Other Oregon: The Voice for Rural Oregon

Our aim: to create a stronger connection between urban and rural Oregonians.

The Other Oregon is a quarterly magazine and monthly e-newsletter to address, from a rural perspective, the issues, values, culture and lifestyle uniquely important to rural Oregon. Content will focus on key areas, such as health care, economic development, water, workforce, transportation and education, along with impacts from federal and state legislation and the urban-rural interface.

The magazine will also celebrate rural life by covering rural culture and the people that uniquely define the non-urban side of Oregon. TOO magazine will be distributed free of charge to key decision makers in state and federal government, economic development groups, chamber boards, and other recipients suggested by our steering committee.


The Other Oregon magazine is distributed in print by mail to 5,000 key decision makers in Oregon each quarter:

  • Oregon’s U.S. Congressional delegation
  • State legislators and heads of state agencies
  • County commissions and judges
  • Mayors and city managers
  • Leaders of chambers and economic development groups
  • Major foundations
  • Heads of colleges and universities
  • Media organizations
  • Leaders of large businesses in metro areas
  • Others by request


To help shape our coverage and defray our distribution expenses, we have asked a select group of rural Oregon entities to join our steering committee, based on their ability to provide a unique perspective on rural Oregon issues. The committee as a whole will represent a wide-ranging, diverse group that can help generate content and advocate for rural Oregon.

5. Community Breakfast to Benefit Goldendale Fire Department, Dec. 9

Goldendale American Legion Community Breakfast

Benefiting the

Goldendale Fire Department

Sunday, December 9th 2018

8:00 am to 10:00 am

All You Can Eat Pancakes $5.00

includes orange juice and coffee

Additional Items:

1 Egg $1.00

1 Ham Slice $1.00

2 Sausage Patties $1.00

1 Biscuit w/Gravy $2.00

Hash Browns $1.00

Gravy $1.00

Milk $1.00

Orange Juice $1.00

Coffee $1.00

6. Begin, Again

In the last decade, many places around the world have been hit with some pretty bad natural disasters. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and wildfires take their toll on homes and possessions leaving many homeless and without material resources. Economies are in turmoil, leaving a lot of folks wondering about their financial futures. Political upheaval has many living life as refugees far from their homelands. The toll on human life and spirit can sometimes be unbearable.

While it’s natural and certainly understandable to feel devastated for a while in situations like this, some folks bounce back far more quickly than others. Instead of sitting around feeling hopeless and helpless, they will pick themselves up and do whatever it takes to start over again. Instead of dwelling on what they’ve lost and becoming depressed, they will focus their energies on what they still have and what they need to do to recover.

Now, this quality of resiliency, or the ability to take a hit and bounce back, has a lot to do with your overall feelings of self-worth. It also has a lot to do with your belief about whether your life is largely controlled by you, or by forces outside yourself.

People with high self-esteem and an internal sense of control over their lives just naturally bounce back more quickly than those who feel their lives are controlled by some thing or someone “out there.” The question becomes, is the power within us or not? (Hint: The answer should be “within” us.)

It is important for you to know that your thinking is not set in stone, unless you want it to be. Resiliency and esteem are qualities that you can develop in yourself and in your children. You can learn to be so internally strong and resilient, that no personal setback can keep you down for very long.

Disasters can be gut-wrenching, and it may be difficult to see beyond the immediate. By giving ourselves a mindset shift in how we perceive what goes on around us, and within us, we also give ourselves a clean slate in order to begin again, creating a better future. ~The Pacific Institute



Sherman County eNews #316






church.family1Choose this day whom you will serve…” {Joshua 24:15}.

We have entered the Christmas Season, the time when much of the World celebrates, in some form, the birth of Jesus Christ, Messiah, Lord and Savior of the World. The Christmas season always brings with it, like it or not, the necessity to make a choice as to whether Jesus was who he said he was, or that he was a liar, or maybe he was just a crazy lunatic thinking himself God.

Whether we like it or not, Christmas season bring Americans face to face with Jesus Christ—even if you do not celebrate Christmas in any way. Even the most hardened atheist cannot get away from Christ at Christmas.

It brings those who try and make Christmas only about Santa, parties and presents, into a time of making a choice of acceptance or rejection of Jesus as Lord and Savior, however subtly the acceptance of rejection though it may be.

No matter how much any particular American tries to ignore and blot out Christmas and Christ, it hits them right in the face. There is absolutely no place to go to hide from the Christmas and the reason for the season.

Some of my Christian brothers/sisters just see Christmas as a pagan holiday about Satan Claus. However, I view it as something more than that.

I see God using it as another attempt at waking up the world to the glorious truths—to the Savior born—to the Savior dying on the cross as he takes our sins upon himself—to the Savior in victory over death at the resurrection.

So again, whether you want to or not, you will, subtly or maybe not so subtly, make a choice this Christmas season as to the validity for or against the reason for the season—-Christ Lord and Savior.

So I will take a little freedom and put Joshua 24:15 this way—Choose this Christmas season whom you will serve….

But give it some thought because your eternal destiny depends on it.

Merry Christmas from the Congregation at the Wasco Church of Christ “Christian.”



Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.  ~ Oren Arnold.

2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected) 




children.cartoonCOLUMBIA GORGE CASA, OTHERS. Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive for over 120 children in the Gorge who will spend their holidays in foster care. Help make them a little brighter by donating a holiday gift!  Avenue Properties, Columbia Gorge CASA and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation have joined forces to create a Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive that will run from November 27 until December 15. During this time, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Avenue Properties offices located in The Dalles (406 E 2nd St) and Hood River (116 3rd St #209).  Gifts can also be brought to the Festival of Trees “Community Day” event on Saturday, December 8th from 9AM to 12PM at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.  CASA will also be on hand with information about their program. 12/14



“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown


Brennah Miller is a young wife and mother, an electrician and a cancer patient.



HANDCRAFTED FURNITURE & GIFTS. Considerately Handcrafted one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts created from re-purposed wine & whiskey barrels, old barn wood and other local reclaimed materials. Special orders available. Furniture repair and refinishing. ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | 12/22

VEHICLES AT PUBLIC AUCTION. Trans-Tow Towing will hold a Public Auction on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Viewing of these vehicles will be available the morning of the Auction beginning at 9:00 a.m.
1983 Dodge D150 – Flatbed
1992 Honda Civic
1998 Pontiac Bonneville
1995 Honda Accord
The Auction will be held at 1007 1st Street in Moro.
If you would like more information, please contact us at 541-565-3005. 12/7



PIANO. Baldwin Piano, spinet style, model – HOWARD: Give someone the gift of music for Christmas. Free to a good home – it’s in great shape; I believe my piano tuner told me it is a 1964.  Plays well, but I don’t.  😐. Call or text Jeanne at 541-714-5740. 1/25


FRIDAY KIDS’ GYM. Beginning this Friday, and continuing most every Friday through March, Wasco School Events Center (WSEC) will be hosting “Kids Gym.”   This will be an opportunity for parents and their pre-school children to play inside for a couple of hours when the weather is too cold to be outside.   Kid Gym will go from 10 a.m. to noon, and parents who attend with their pre-schooler(s) will need to sign a release form to participate. Cost is $5/week, or free if you are a member of the WSEC Fitness Center. This is not a babysitting service; children must be accompanied by an adult.   Feel free to bring toys, trikes, etc. for your child(ren) to play with. 12/28

LOCAL HANDYMAN, GENERAL CONTRACTOR & EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Furniture repair & refinishing. Please call Kevin – 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 12/28





3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar


7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8 Gala of Trees Drawing 12 noon MCP Farm Store

8 War Declared on Japan 1941

8 Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum 9 Flying Around the World

8 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 7 Zion Lutheran Church

9 Cascade Singers’ December Concert 3 Zion Lutheran Church

9 American Legion Benefit for Goldendale Fire Department Pancake Breakfast 8-10

10 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10

11 Tri-County Mental Health Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

11 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

12 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

12 Rufus City Council 7 City Hall

13 Sherman County Health District Hearing 5:30 Sherman County Clinic, Moro

13 North Central Livestock Association –  Riverside in Maupin

14 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

15 BILL OF RIGHTS DAY; Iraq War Ended 2011

18 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

19 Sherman County Court 9

20 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Board Meeting 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

21 Frontier TeleNet 10 ___

21 Winter Begins


31 Official End of WWII 1946



7 Grass Valley City Council 7

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2

8 North Central Public Health Board 3

9 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory 12:30

9 Rufus City Council 7

11 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

15 Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Board Meeting 1

15 Wasco City Council 7

16 Sherman County Court 9

18 Frontier TeleNet Board 10

19 North Central Livestock Assoc. Annual Meeting 5 Jefferson County Fairgrounds


23 Tri-County Courts’ Meeting 10 Fossil

26 22nd Annual Robert Burns Supper 2 Condon


4 Grass Valley City Council 7

5 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Court 9

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

8 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1




Sherman County eNews #315


  1. Program: History of the Columbia Gorge Air Mail Beacons, Dec. 9

  2. Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

  3. Midterm Election Sees Second Highest Ballots Cast in Oregon History

  4. The Possibilities of Optimism

  5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1955 Moro Yearbook Advertisers

  6. It Is Better To Be Alone Than In The Wrong Company

1. Program: History of the Columbia Gorge Air Mail Beacons, Dec. 9

Airplane.vintageairplane2Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th, at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, Oregon, for a presentation on the History of the Columbia Gorge Air Mail Beacons. Susan Buce of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will be telling a great story and history of our local beacons. Beacons stretch across the United States and in some areas large concrete arrows positioned to give visual indictors for airplane pilots flying overhead along specified airway corridors to find their way. Being able to deliver mail from coast to coast in a reliable manner is an interesting story and the building of the beacon towers around the gorge is what brought Susan’s family to this area. Do you remember Sherman County beacons? How many did we have here in our community? Today most of the beacons are gone but thank you, Susan, for sharing our local history! This event is free and there will be light refreshments.

2. Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

mittens1Bring your donation of gloves, mittens, hats and scarves to decorate the Mitten Tree at the Library. We invite everyone to adorn the bare branches with warmth. We are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. The Mitten Tree will be up through the end of December and all donated items will be given to our local food bank and other agencies serving Sherman County.

3. Midterm Election Sees Second Highest Ballots Cast in Oregon History

Oregon.Flat.poleIt’s official! Today we certified the November 6th General Election, and I’m pleased to report that the Oregon midterm November General Election had the second highest number of ballots cast in Oregon history. Our office also pioneered a number of voter engagement efforts, including a first-of-its-kind outreach to Oregon inactive voters through Facebook of Oregon’s 36 counties has provided their official certified election results to us here at the Secretary of State’s office. This included a manual, by-hand audit of a percentage of ballots cast to confirm they were counted accurately. In all, 1,914,923 ballots were cast. Wheeler County had the highest turnout in the state at 90.3%.

Turnout among voters by age demographic was:

  • 18-34: 50.7%
  • 35-49: 67.5%
  • 50-64: 77.1%
  • 65+: 85.8%

Turnout by political party shows:

  • Democrats with 81.8%
  • Republicans with 81.1%
  • Independents with 70.5%
  • Non-Affiliated with 47.5%
  • Constitution with 61.2%
  • Libertarian with 64.3%
  • Pacific Green with 73.4%
  • Progressive with 69.2%
  • Working Families with 44.9%

You may recall that last year my office took action to protect the voting rights of over 60,000 eligible Oregon voters. I’m pleased that these voters were sent ballots for this election and thousands were able to vote due to this historic expansion of voter access.

Because of the large turnout during this election, the number of valid signatures that will be required to put initiatives and referenda on the ballot for the next four years has increased by 21.3%. Our constitution says that the number of signatures required to put initiatives and referenda on the ballot is a percentage of all votes cast for governor in the previous election. There were 1,866,997 total votes cast for governor. To add a constitutional amendment will require 149,360 signatures, which is 8% of the total number of votes cast for governor. An initiative statute requires 6%, which equates to 112,020 signatures, and a referendum requires 4%, which is 74,680 signatures.

If you would like to see the detailed statistics from the General Election, go to

I am thankful to the Elections Division team and county election officials, who successfully administered another smooth, safe, and secure election. We will continue to work to make Oregon elections as safe and accessible as possible to all eligible voters.

~ Dennis Richardson, Oregon Secretary of State

4. The Possibilities of Optimism

Why is it that optimists seem to be so much happier than pessimists?

There is something really wonderful about optimists. They’re fun to be around, aren’t they? No matter how bad their situation, optimists can always find something to enjoy – usually simple things like the taste of a good cup of coffee, the smell of the air on a fine spring day, the sound of a wind chime tinkling in the breeze.

Now it’s important to understand that optimism is not saying “everything is getting better every day in every way.” Nor is it saying that the worst is behind us, or seeing sweetness and light, when what’s happening is evil and ugly. Optimists don’t ignore reality. They just choose to look at it from a different perspective.

Optimists know that for all its faults, the world is also filled with good things to be savored and enjoyed. These positive people know that our experience in life is largely determined by where we choose to focus our attention and how we choose to respond to what happens to us.

Optimists understand that happiness is not so much a matter of what we have and what’s going on around us, as it is a choice we make. The wonders and beauty of life are all around us, right now, right where we are. All that is required is for us to be attentive and open to them and that we make a conscious choice to see and hear and experience them.

Some days, it’s simply the difference between looking down, and looking up. And yes, for some of us, making that shift is a difficult thing to do sometimes. But it is possible! And if we accept the possibility of optimism in nearly every situation, then we open the door to seeing new solutions to the challenges that face us and the path to making positive change.

Do you choose to be happy today? It is, after all, up to you. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County History Tidbits: 1955 Moro Yearbook Advertisers

Advertisers in the 1955 Moro High School yearbook, in addition to The Dalles businesses, were Keith McDonald, Standard Oil Distributor; J.K. McKean Texaco Products and International Farm Implements; Catherine Anderson, Standard Oil Products, Grass Valley; Dunlap Insurance Agency; Harold Owens, Union Oil Dealer; C & C Food Store, Grass Valley; Alley’s Confectionary, Grass Valley; Baumgartner Insurance Agency, Grass Valley; Kent Shell Oil Company; The Wagon Wheel in Grass Valley; Grass Valley Equipment & Repair & Massey Harris Dealer Bud Eslinger;  Douma’s Grocery and Market, Moro; Moon Equipment Company in Wasco; Sherman County Journal; May Electric, Moro; Al & Ella Rasmussen’s Husky Hut in Moro; Moro Motors; Moro Lumber & Fuel Company; The Tavern, Moro; Mt. View Stock Farms, Cox & Son, Grass Valley; Grass Valley Grain Growers with warehouses at Kent, Bourbon and Grass Valley; Paul Syron’s Chevron Station, Gas, Oil and Steam Cleaning; Moro Grain Growers Association with stations at Erskine, Moro, DeMoss and Hay Canyon; O’Meara Supply & Implement Company in Wasco; Valley Inn, Grass Valley; Wasco Market; May & Son Groceries in Moro; Quality Shop for Women’s and Children’s Apparel in Moro; Flatt Trucking Service, Moro; Dale’s Clothing in Wasco; Beefo’s Steaks & Sandwiches, Moro; Hartley Service, Grass Valley; and Dr. Frank Reid, dentist in Moro.

6. It Is Better To Be Alone Than In The Wrong Company


Tell me who your best friends are, and I will tell you who you are. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.

  • A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.
  • The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate – for the good and the bad.
  • The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.
  • Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.
  • An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.
  • As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb, will want you to crawl.
  • Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you, will eventually decrease you.

Consider this:

  • Never receive counsel from unproductive people.
  • Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how.
  • Not everyone has a right to speak into your life.
  • You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.
  • Don’t follow anyone who’s not going anywhere. With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it.
  • Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life.
  • Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships.


Sherman County eNews #314


  1. Public Notice. City of Wasco Special Meeting, Dec. 5

  2. Letter to the Editor: Remember Salvation Army Services During the Fires

  3. Sherman County School Board Invites Public Comment, Dec. 10

  4. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Dec. 10 

  5. Use common sense when using GPS navigation

  6. Mindset for Happiness

  7. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

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

1. Public Notice. City of Wasco Special Meeting, Dec. 5

arrow.blueswishSpecial Meeting-Wasco City Hall-Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1:00PM.
In accordance with ORS 254.575 (1) & The City of Wasco Charter Chapter VI Section 24, there will be a public meeting to break the tie vote between Erik Glover and William Minter to determine the successful candidate for Wasco City Council Position.

2. Letter to the Editor: Remember Salvation Army Services During the Fires

pencil.sharpDuring this giving time of the year. I hope you all remember the generous giving of services and time that the local Salvation Army staff gave to the residents, firemen , EMS and other supporting services  to Sherman, Wasco and Hood  River counties during this past devastating fire season.  Contact the Salvation Army, 623 E 3rd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058.


Carol MacKenzie

Wasco, Oregon

3. Sherman County School Board Invites Public Comment, Dec. 10

Join US!

The Sherman County School District Board would like your input during a public comment session.

“Should the Sherman County School District consider rezoning board positions to five at large positions?” 

December 10, 2018

6:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

Public/School Library

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039

4. Public Meeting Announcement: Sherman County School District, Dec. 10 

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThe Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Board Meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018, that will include a public comment session.

During the public comment session at 6:30 p.m., the Board will receive public input from constituents regarding possible rezoning of board positions to five at-large positions. 

 The regular board meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. Agenda topics include the public comment session, recognition, consent agenda, reports, unfinished and new business, visitor comments. Next meeting will be January 14.

The agenda will be found here:

5. ODOT: Use common sense when using GPS navigation

When roads are closed and your GPS navigation system directs you onto a detour route, keep in mind that the device you count on for guidance could instead guide you into trouble. Most navigation tools don’t take current road or weather conditions into consideration. They may direct you onto remote roads that are neither maintained nor passable in all weather conditions.

Already this season someone had to be rescued after following their GPS navigation device off the main highway and onto a snow covered forest service road near Mount Hood. Fortunately, they received help and everyone was safe. This has not always been the case.

Navigation systems and similar smartphone apps are great tools, but travelers may need to verify the identified detour route is appropriate given current conditions and the vehicle they are driving. Here are a few tips to consider:

What you can do
• Be aware that the app on your phone or in your GPS device might not have the latest information – don’t follow it blindly!
• Use (available on your computer and on your phone) to get the latest on state road conditions, or call 511.
• Remember, in winter conditions (or in summer’s fire season), roads can be impassable, so USE COMMON SENSE.
• If you are not familiar with an area and current road conditions, stay on state roads and don’t attempt detours onto roads you don’t know.
• Alter your travel plans.  If you are not sure of the route and road conditions your GPS device directs you to, ask local folks for information and consult a map. It is better to stay the night in town rather than be stuck on a remote road in the middle of nowhere.

What we will do
• ODOT crews work continually to keep state highways safe, but during certain conditions, such as blowing snow and freezing temperatures, you may want to avoid travel altogether.
• ODOT will issue media flash alerts if roads are closed. These will be updated continually on

6. Mindset for Happiness

Ever a figure of interest and respect in the history of U.S. presidents, Abraham Lincoln seems to have been a keen observer of human behavior and a pragmatic viewer of the skills of others as he went about the business of keeping a nation together, before, during and after – however briefly – a wrenching civil war.

Lincoln also had a fine grasp of that most uncommon of senses – common sense. He once said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” One hundred and fifty-odd years later, cognitive researchers have scientifically proven that Lincoln was correct.

Now the word “cognitive” simply means having to do with thought or perception, and cognitive psychologists operate on the principle that it is your thoughts, not external events, that create your moods and the way you view your days, your work, your relationships – your life.

In other words, it’s not so much what happens to you, but rather how you respond to what happens to you that determines how you feel. And that’s a “mindset,” something we have the opportunity to create for ourselves.

You see, the good news is that you can learn to respond in ways that create success and happiness instead of failure and depression. You can learn to spot your negative thoughts and stop them in their tracks, and you can learn to substitute more useful thoughts in their place.

You see, you have already learned how to create your current moods and attitudes, so you can unlearn them as well. Millions of people around the world have done the same, and there is no special college degree required. The information is out there, but you must take accountability for seeking it out and using it – and for making the changes you need to make in order to grow.

As the saying goes, “There’s no time like the present.” Choose your mindset, and watch how your life changes, dependent on the mindset you choose. ~The Pacific Institute

7. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, December 5 @ the Wasco Methodist Church. 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. Thank You, Red Gibbs

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

The 28 Best Map Based Strategy Board Games You’ve Probably Never Played

What Americans Must Know About Socialism


Sherman County eNews #313


  1. Notice. Special Meeting, City of Wasco, Dec. 5

  2. Relieving the Stress

  3. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

  4. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

  5. “Choose Something Like a Star with Cascade Singers, Dec. 8 & 9

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

1. Notice. Special Meeting, City of Wasco, Dec. 5

Special Meeting-Wasco City Hall-Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1:00PM.
In accordance with ORS 254.575 (1) & The City of Wasco Charter Chapter VI Section 24, there will be a public meeting to break the tie vote between Erik Glover and William Minter to determine the successful candidate for Wasco City Council Position.

2. Relieving the Stress

We asked you to think about those things that cause you stress and tension during the holiday season. If you did, great! This is the first step in eliminating stress – Defining the Challenge.

If you ask people about their “pet peeves,” waiting in traffic always comes up. Friends will refer to the local freeways as “slow moving parking lots.” So, there you are, stuck in traffic, inching along. Is it a situation that you can control? Probably not. Really, the only thing over which you do have control is how you react to the situation.

So how do you turn this apparent lemon into lemonade? First, it helps to realize that all traffic jams are not caused by stupid drivers. Accidents do happen. After all, we are only human. At any given moment, on any street or highway, there are hundreds of variables to consider. Now, you have the opportunity to fill the time with something productive that makes you feel like you are not “wasting” the time but accomplishing something. (And that would not mean talking on your cell phone or texting!)

Roger Moore, of James Bond fame, said that when stopped at traffic lights, he would suck in his stomach muscles and hold them until the light turned green. Roger may never have had six-pack abs, but he did have good posture. (No self-respecting Bond would slouch.) So, some folks burst into song, relieving the frustration with music. Some folks listen to audio books. Others do simple neck stretching exercises, which benefits the body as well as the mind.

What it comes down to is this: Is the goal to get frustrated and angry, or is the goal to get where you are going, safely, and get on with the business at hand? It comes down to the effective use of your energies. Do you spend them pounding on the steering wheel or yelling out the window? Or do you turn them toward accomplishment?

Once the goal is set, first, you relax and then you unleash that tremendous power within you to get it done. Once again, obstacles become opportunities by simply changing the way you look at them. ~The Pacific Institute

3. Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

Christmas.holly1Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving | tax-deductible non-profit organizations |

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman Station Foundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Columbia Gorge CASA, P.O. Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Education Foundation, P.O. Box 68, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Food Bank, P.O. Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR  97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Preschool, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box 155, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco School Events Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

Consider gifts to these organizations to honor someone with a shared interest, to recognize someone’s achievement or success, in memory or remembrance, to express your appreciation, or as the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

4. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, December 5 @ the Wasco Methodist Church. 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. Thank You, Red Gibbs

5. “Choose Something Like a Star with Cascade Singers, Dec. 8 & 9

music.notes (2)Cascade Singers warmed up for their Dec. 8 and 9 concerts at the Discovery Center last Saturday under the direction of Miles Thoming-Gale.  “Choose Something Like a Star” is the title for the holiday concert.  The line comes from a poem by Robert Frost set to music by Randall Thompson.  It will be featured along with traditional and contemporary Christmas favorites by the choir, ensemble, and children’s choir. Performances take place at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, The Dalles.  Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. and the Sunday concert starts at 3 p.m.  Admission is by donation at the door.

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

bird.owl.limbPumped Storage Projects Selected for Techno-Economic Studies 

What happens to all the leftover campaign cash?

Space Weather

State public records advocate finds a litany of flaws in Oregon’s public records laws

Oregon Teachers Call For Solutions To Disruptive Student Problems

Oregon Announces Final Rules For Equal Pay Law Set To Take Effect January 1

Oregon lawmaker: Cap and trade coming 


Sherman County eNews #312


  1. Biggs Service District Meeting Dec. 5 Canceled

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

  3. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Approved Meeting Minutes, Aug. 17

  4. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Approved Meeting Minutes, Oct. 16

  5. Letter to the Editor: Regarding Two Recent Editorials in eNews

  6. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 10

  7. Moments of True Connection

1. Biggs Service District Meeting Dec. 5 Canceled

The Biggs Service District to be held on December 5, 2018 at 8:30am in the Sherman County Courthouse has been canceled due to lack of agenda items.

2. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, December 5 @ the Wasco Methodist Church. 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. Thank You, Red Gibbs

3. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Approved Meeting Minutes, Aug. 17


AUGUST 17, 2018

 The regular meeting of the Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors was called to order by Chairman Steve Shaffer at 1:00 P.M.  This meeting held in the Conference Room of the Jeanne E. Burch Building, 401 Fourth Street, Fossil, Oregon.

Directors Present:  Judge Steve Shaffer and Judge N. Lynn Morley

Also Attending:  Steve Wynn and Ryan LeBlanc, Day Wireless, Melanie Sperry, City of Fossil, Carol MacInnes, Mayor, City of Fossil, Lori Anderson, Columbia Basin Electric, Kathryn Greiner, City of Condon, Mac Stinchfield, Times Journal Newspaper, Debbie Starkey, Wheeler County Commissioner, Barbara Jacobi, and  Roberta Vandehey, Wheeler County Residents.   Mike Smith and Rob Myers, Frontier TeleNet Administrative Service Provider. Steve Shaffer declared that a quorum of Board of Directors present.

Minutes:  July 20, 2018 Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors meeting reviewed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Steve Shaffer that Board of Directors Minutes of July 20, 2018 be approved as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

Financial:  Financial Statement for July 2018 reviewed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Steve Shaffer to approve July Financial Statement as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

IT Report:  Ryan LeBlanc reported that the Kent Elevator was offline.  Day Wireless focus was on solving power problems and new generator installed.  Still working with RTG on conversion in Wheeler County to the new system.  RTG is testing system with their equipment and working in Mitchell area.  There is an October deadline for RTG to complete conversion.  Mike Smith pointed out that Frontier TeleNet is the wholesale “backhaul provider responsible for the network connecting Gilliam Sherman and Wheeler Counties to the internet hub in Portland and will not be giving RTG permission to control the routers and other equipment used for that purpose.  Frontier’s network is designed to enable more than one company to provide Retail Internet Service and cannot allow one company to control the backhaul routers and equipment.

Carol MacInnes, Mayor of Fossil, along with Melanie Sperry, City of Fossil Counselor, expressed strong concern about the poor internet service being provided in Fossil.  She stated that when the City called the provider they told them to go to the school and tell them they were using too much bandwidth.  Mayor MacInnes stated that this is a serious condition for public as well as private consumers of the local internet.  Mike Smith stated that Frontier TeleNet provides the wholesale internet access to local ISP Providers and do not control what is available to the individual customers.  Mike Smith is talking to another ISP about providing service in Fossil.  If this does work out there will be choices for the individual consumers of the internet and these companies will have to improve their service to keep the customers. Carol MacInnes stated that CenturyTel is no longer a choice in Fossil.

Barbara Jacobi of Mitchell asked if Frontier TeleNet provides the equipment as RTG tells them that they need to install equipment.  Mike Smith stated that RTG does not install anything on the Frontier TeleNet tower sites.

Steve Wynn stated that it is easy to recruit an ISP Provider to consider coming to an area but when it comes time to hook up they must make a business case and quite often there are not enough customers to make it profitable, so they do not come.  Steve Shaffer reported that there is the same problem in the Lone Rock area in Gilliam County.

Roberta Vandehey inquired if the fees from another provider would be the same.  Mike Smith stated that they usually are.

Another question asked was would a new ISP Provider supply equipment?  Mike Smith reported that the new ISP would have to provide equipment.

Steve Wynn reported that the equipment for Public Safety and Emergency Services had been upgraded and available.

Business and Marketing Report: Mike Smith reported the following:

Gorge Net/Sherman Fiber:  Currently in the contracting phase.  Each city will pay a portion of the cost as well as Sherman County to bring service to each home in the Sherman County Cities.

Wildfires:  Not one failure during the recent fires and power outage.

Grey Guns:  Fixed a connection problem in Spray area. The problem was the antenna not installed properly by the provider.

Windwave:  Mike Smith and Jeanne Burch met with Windwave at Boardman.  Went over all the billings and able to cut the price.  It was recommended that this needs to be reviewed every two years.

Inland Development Master Service Agreement:  This agreement is being reviewed by legal counsel.

Generator Service:  Quote for Generator Service was received and approved by Mike Smith under his Board Authorization to approve expenses up to $5,000.00.

Erskine Site:  Erskine was protected during the recent fires.  It was noted the site needs to be cleaned.

Sherman RFP.  Legal Counsel has this RFP and is reviewing.

John Day Wireless:  Grant County ESD and Blue Mountain Cable would like more bandwidth.  Need a quote from Day Wireless to upgrade.

Wasco 911:  Wasco County is in discussion with Frontier Regional 911 to take over Wasco County dispatch.

Next Meeting:  There will not be a Frontier TeleNet Meeting in September.  Board will meet again in October in coordination with the Frontier Regional 911 Board Meeting.  Mike will coordinate this meeting and let everyone know the date and time.

Other items:  None

Public Input:

Kathryn Greiner asked about the RFP mentioned in Mike Smith’s report: “Is this from Wasco to Rufus?”  The answer was yes.   Also asked where Frontier TeleNet is on Cottonwood Project.  Mike reported that the $375,000.00 allocated to the project has been partially spent and a better site that has power and an access road nearby is the location of the tower.  Motorola has provided the equipment, which is built, and there is enough money to finish the project.  Still waiting for the NEPA Study to finish.  This tower can also provide cell service.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:02 PM. These minutes transcribed by Jeanne E. Burch, Frontier Telenet Administrative Services Provider, from a recording of the meeting provided by Mike Smith.

4. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Approved Meeting Minutes, Oct. 16



The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Frontier TeleNet called to order at 10:02 AM by Chairman Judge Steve Shaffer.  This meeting held in the North Central Education District Conference Room, 135 S. Main Street, Condon, Oregon.

Judge Shaffer asked for introductions as follows:

Directors Present:  Judge Steve Shaffer, Judge Gary Thompson, Judge N. Lynn Morley.

Also Present:  Mike McArthur, Frontier Advocates, Kathryn Greiner, City of Condon, Garret Winter, Day Wireless, Aaron Grant, Day Wireless, Andy Crawford, Motorola, Steve Wynn, Day Wireless, Mike Smith, Rob Myers and Jeanne Burch, Frontier Telenet Administrative Services Providers. Legal Counsel Ruben Cleaveland and Jim Deason present by telephone. Judge Shaffer declared a quorum of the Board of Directors present and opened the meeting at 10:05 AM.

Additions or changes to the agenda:  Gary Thompson asked that an update on Mid-Columbia Economic District (MCED) dark fiber.  Dark Fiber added to the agenda under IT and System Updates.

Minutes:  Steve Shaffer had not been able to review the minutes and requested that they be tabled to the next regular meeting.  There was a consensus of Board of Directors to table minutes until the next regular meeting.

Financials:  Financial Statements for August and September 2018 reviewed.  Moved by Lynn Morley, seconded by Gary Thompson to approve August and September 2018 financial report as presented.  Motion carried with all present voting aye.

IT System Updates and Progress Report:  Steve Wynn reported that Ryan LeBlanc is working with RTG on the conversion to system upgrade in Wheeler County. RTG is converting to the Frontier TeleNet Access Points.  High Speed is available and RTG is installing equipment as needed for their customers.  There is a definite improvement and working much better.  There is a meeting scheduled with the Wheeler County Court about internet service in Wheeler County.  Gray Guns internet problems were solved and definitely working better.  Frontier TeleNet is providing this service as there is not an ISP that serves their location.  The fire at Biggs was able to link emergency agencies together and there was no outage during this fire emergency.  Steve Wynn also reported that they are maintaining generators at all sites and working on the design for the next phase of the Wheeler Broadband Project.  Sherman County Courthouse had a router failure but was taken care of immediately.

New fencing has been installed at Airbase and the area cleaned.  Also a cover on the microwave was replaced and it was noted that Community Service Workers helped with the clean up during the summer. This crew did an excellent job at the Erskine site.

It was requested that Day Wireless go to all the Frontier TeleNet Sites and provide an update on conditions for these sites.  Mike Smith reported that Roosevelt Site needs a new roof and a generator.  The cost will be at least $40,000.00 for these projects.  It was suggested that these projects might be eligible for the federal money coming into Sherman County due to the recent fires.  Mike Smith will research this availability.

Steve Shaffer reported there is an important conference coming up in Hood River.  Steve Wynn also reported there would be a Statewide Radio Conference in Salem.  Radios and Updates and the Statewide Radio Project will be topics at conferences.

Wasco Merger:  A discussion was held regarding the proposed merger with Wasco County with Frontier Regional 911 for dispatch service.  These items will be discussed at the Frontier Regional 911 meeting to be held later this day.  There will be a need for hardware installed in Wasco County and updated and the mobile data system shared with Wasco County will need to be turned on.  At present there are four counsels at the 911 Center and currently 14 employees.  Frontier Regional 911 will need to be expanded if Wasco County is added.  Mike Smith stated that if this project goes forward it is critical that extra expenses and equipment be reimbursed by Wasco County.  Steve Wynn was wondering why there had been an inquiry from Wasco County about the Frontier TeleNet sites.  Steve Shaffer reported that Q-Life had shown some interest.  Steve Wynn suggested if there is a project with Wasco County, it is with dark fiber.

Motorola Presentation:  A lengthy slide show was presented by Andy Crawford representing Motorola.  These slides highlighted new equipment and upgrades available from Motorola for the 911 system and the Frontier TeleNet System Update Agreement (SUA) which is due next year

Steve Wynn also reported that the Boardman Police Department is now on the Frontier TeleNet Network.

Business and Marketing:

Mike Smith reported the following:

Sherman County Dark Fiber:  Mike Smith stated that Gorge Net has the RFP.  They are building out fiber in each Sherman County town.  Frontier TeleNet will manage the fiber and send to Pittock Building in Portland.  Sherman County would like Frontier TeleNet to provide the dark fiber at no cost.  Frontier TeleNet would like Sherman County to participate in this cost.

Gary Thompson noted that Sherman County Government has been receiving free internet for the last few years. Steve Shaffer noted that Frontier TeleNet purpose is to provide service to public safety, schools and Governments.  Jim Deason recommended that Legal Counsel, Ruben Cleaveland, review dark fiber agreements currently in effect.  Grass Valley to Moro, Moro to Wasco, Wasco to Rufus.  Ruben Cleaveland agreed and will be reviewing the files.  Gary Thompson asked what the cost per month would be for this dark fiber.  Mike estimated that it would be approximately $2,000.00 per month.  Jim Deason cautioned that before any agreements are signed that Frontier TeleNet costs be determined.

Mike Smith has been working to test solar repeater sites in Wheeler County.  Working with RTG and Gorge Net demonstrating that the Frontier TeleNet system works and updating the city offices in Wheeler County Cities.

Working with cellular service companies in area and three are interested in purchasing service from Frontier TeleNet.

Cottonwood Park Project:  Still working with an archeologist.

Windfarm:  Discussion on providing service.  Will report at the next meeting.

Roosevelt and Biggs:    Mike Smith reported he just received an update from Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services, and she is working on the generator replacement at Roosevelt.   Blake Lawrence of Windwave is working on the fiber at Biggs.

Zayo:  Jim Deason has been working with Zayo and they are currently issuing a credit to the billings they have been sending to Frontier TeleNet as this service was canceled in February.

E-Rate Funding:  Jim Deason has been working on the E-rate funding.  He feels that all the proper forms and information has been provided for the payment of $236,000.00 that is the current amount due Frontier Telenet for 2017.  Frontier TeleNet has retained Jim Deason and a private company, Inteserra, who specializes in E-rate funding.  Inteserra reports that everything has been done correctly.  A copy of the Interserra report is on file at the Frontier TeleNet Finance Office in Fossil, Oregon.

Other Items:  None

Public Comment:  Kathryn Greiner asked about the RFP from Wasco to Rufus not on the agenda.  Mike Smith replied that he had been working on the E-rate and the Wasco Rufus RFP did not get on this meeting agenda.  Kathryn Greiner also stated that RTG is the only service that reaches South Gilliam County and very important to her home in South Gilliam County.  Important that this be taken into consideration, for the residents in South Gilliam County before making a final decision.

Mike McArthur asked if the RFP with Gorge Net for Sherman County has the pricing to the home mentioned.  Mike Smith replied that this is on their website.

Next Meeting:  This time and place of next meeting were not determined at this time.

Meeting adjourned at 12:20 PM.

5. Letter to the Editor: Regarding Two Recent Editorials in eNews

Two editorials appeared in the recent E-News. One was a repeat from “Mac’s Musings”. Both contain significant flaws, misinformation and false assertions. The author of the new editorial never bothered to attend the publicized public meeting and no minutes are available. No questions were asked of any Frontier TeleNet staff, although they have offered to answer any questions on multiple occasions. It is unknown how the author could come to such hyperbolic and misleading conclusions. We are only left to speculate that it must be rumors and wishful thinking. Far be it for the truth to get in the way of a juicy story.

It has been said that “falsehoods fly and the truth comes limping after”. These “editorials” are perfect examples of that sad reality.

Mike Smith


6. Sherman County Court Notes, Oct. 10

By Administrative Assistant Kayla von Borstel

ShermanCoLogo*NOTE: This is a very brief outline ONLY of topics considered “public interest”. These are NOT OFFICIAL MINUTES. For official minutes and full details, please see the approved minutes posted on the Sherman County website at after the next Court session. Thank you.

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on October 10, 2018, and in conducting the business of the county,

*County Court ended early due to the fire in Biggs which resulted in lack of quorum during the Session. 

  • Motion by Judge Thompson, second by Commissioner Dabulskis, to approve the appointment of Jeanne Kuettel and Mike McArthur from the Non-Office Holding Pool, and Commissioner Dabulskis with Commissioner McCoy as alternate from the Office Holding Pool to the 2018-2019 Board of Property Tax Appeals.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Judge Thompson, to approve the County of Sherman Personal Services Contract for Wildlife Predator and Pest Control Services between Sherman County and Bob Thomas of Thomas Wildlife Damage and Pest Control in the amount of $7,416.66 per month to fulfill the duties of a County Trapper starting on October 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2024, with a probationary period ending July 30, 2019.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Judge Thompson, to approve committing to being included in the Building Codes Program service area in the event that the City of The Dalles assumes the local building services program from Building Codes Division.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Judge Thompson, to approve Oregon Department of Transportation Agreement No. 32211, Amendment Number 1, between the State of Oregon and Sherman County to amend the original agreement by moving funds between projects and removing one vehicle purchase.
  • Motion by Commissioner Dabulskis, second by Judge Thompson, to approve the bid proposal from Bend Commercial Glass in the amount of $7,400.00 to remove and install storefront frame and glass to fix the window leak at the Sherman County Public Library, and to have a local contractor to supervise and observe.
  • Discussion held on the County Tables and Chairs deposit. Wasco School Events Center would like to hold some of the deposit to use for their time and the cost of supplies if the tables and chairs are returned dirty or damaged. Court agreed that that the deposit should remain at $250, and if the tables and chairs are brought back dirty or damaged, the entire $250 will forfeited to the renter. The forfeited moneys will be used to reimburse the WSEC for their time and supplies used, which they will be required to bill the County for. If the table and chairs are returned clean and in good shape, the deposit will be returned in full to the renter.

7. Moments of True Connection

Have you given more thought to those pet peeves that drive you crazy during the holidays? Hopefully, you have created your own interventions to alleviate the stress and tension. In fact, when you have a moment, let’s hear about some of them. We are a community, here at the Winner’s Circle Network, and we like to pass along your good ideas!

One of the biggest anxiety-producing events of any holiday season is Shopping For Gifts. “What am I going get…?” “How am I going find…?” “The store is only open when?!?!” and the ever popular, “What if they already have…?” All of this is in search of the impossible – the “perfect” gift.

We all hear (or say), “I don’t have enough money,” or “There just isn’t enough time,” even with the power of internet ordering, you still get, “It won’t get here in time.” And then there is the ever-popular, “What if…” usually ending in “…it’s not good enough?”

People put tremendous pressure on themselves, agonizing over “the gift list.” Little kids are easy, because a lot of them have their “Dear Santa” letters ready in October. And have you noticed that, by and large, little children don’t agonize over what to give Mom and Dad. They know what they want to give, and as parents, we know that our hearts have melted over the precious hand-print in clay, the glittered candles, the macaroni necklace, or the handmade card that says, “I Love You, Mommy and Daddy.”

Perhaps it is time to remind ourselves of our “littler” selves. Put aside the expectations and the stress, and remember that it is the time devoted, the intentions and the love involved that make any gift truly special. When all is said and done, it won’t be the gift that is remembered. It will be those moments of true connection with loved ones that live in our hearts and minds forever. ~The Pacific Institute


Sherman County eNews #311


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

  2. Editorial. Frontier TeleNet: Squandered Trust, Public Monies

  3. Guest Editorial, Repeated. Frontier TeleNet: Mac’s Musings. Chaos

  4. Weather: December Outlook and November Monthly Climate Summary

  5. Moving Beyond Today, on Purpose

1.All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 5

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, December 5 @ the Wasco Methodist Church. 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. Thank You, Red Gibbs

2. Editorial. Frontier TeleNet: Squandered Trust, Public Monies

pencil.sharpFollowing these remarks, we post an informational editorial first published in February, 2017, by The Times-Journal, and shortly thereafter here in Sherman County eNews. It is as relevant today as it was 21 months ago.

As reports of fiscal mismanagement and negligence trickle out of last week’s Frontier TeleNet board meeting there is plenty of blame to go around.

Sadly, board members and contracting personnel squandered the public trust and public monies, and made no serious effort to get Frontier TeleNet back on track.

With relatively few discretionary dollars, the board apparently took steps to terminate contracts with two of their contractors, Mike Smith and Rob Myers.

We are reminded that newly-elected officials in our three counties will need time to deal with the current situation and restore the public’s trust in Frontier TeleNet.

3. Guest Editorial, Repeated. Frontier TeleNet: Mac’s Musings. Chaos

pencil.sharpFrom The Times-Journal, February 23, 2017


That appears to be the circumstances in which Frontier Telenet now finds itself — without a business plan, without short or long range plans, without a strategic plan of day-to-day operations, without a clear picture of from where the entity has come or where it is going, without a budget, without knowledge of what costs lay ahead and the processes by which to obtain these costs, without an idea of from where revenues will come, without the benefit of economic analysis of the assets/infrastructure/operations costs or potential revenue sources and amounts, without effective management and without a consensus or clear focus on its purpose and future.

Add to that a stubbornness that won’t allow the administration or management to admit that circumstances are chaotic.

Frontier Telenet is an ORS 190 entity formed under the auspices of Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties and the North Central Education Service District and administered by the three county judges with a manager in charge of operations. When formed some 15 years ago, it was an entity through which an innovative plan was facilitated to establish a 9-1-1 emergency call center at Condon to serve the emergency communications needs of the three counties via a wireless satellite system, a service that had previously been provided through Morrow County.

Late last year, the North Central ESD removed itself from the ORS 190.

The concept was brilliant and the practical application of that system has worked as planned, creating a reliable, local system of communicating for law enforcement and emergency medical services in the three counties and creating 11 well-paying jobs at the same time.

While the 9-1-1 call center has and continues to function brilliantly and without interruption, and has even added service to Jefferson County, the management of Frontier Telenet, which oversees the mechanical infrastructure of the 9-1-1 system, has become chaotic.

With the changing of the county judgeships in the three counties over the last 15 years, there has been very little continuity and background provided by the management, and/or planning for the future of the system.

Caught woefully off-guard by the sudden realization that the current wireless system had reached capacity and was in need of expensive upgrades to remain viable, Frontier Telenet was forced to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade the current system while also realizing that fiber optics would provide more capacity and more long-range stability to the system.

The realization came too little, too late.

Frontier Telenet now finds itself frantically trying to re-group, but without a clear mission and without a budget, and without knowledge of day-to-day expenses and costs, and without a plan and leadership, Frontier Telenet now appears to be in the way of fiber optics development in Gilliam County, when it could have been in the leadership role in the process to provide affordable high-speed broadband to 9-1-1, emergency medical services, law enforcement, schools, libraries, businesses and homes.

Frontier Telenet needs to take stock of its situation, define its assets and function, put in the necessary time and effort to establish a transparent business plan and a standard fiduciary system that will make it clear where the entity is headed and if that track is affordable, and good in the long range for the wireless system that has, here-to-fore, worked so well.  ~ With permission of The Times-Journal, February 23, 2017 & December 3, 2018.

4. Weather: December Outlook and November Monthly Climate Summary

snowflakesmallYou can find the December outlook and the November monthly climate summary AND GRAPHS (toggle between color and gray) for Moro at

–Marilyn Lohmann

National Weather Service Pendleton – 541-276-7832 

5. Moving Beyond Today, on Purpose

Many people believe that goals are a good thing. Actually, they are an absolute essential for a fulfilling life. You see, goals sit at the very essence of who we are. Without them, we wander from moment to moment, seemingly without purpose. We enjoy the moments, when they cross our paths more by accident than anything else. With goals, we take the “by accident” out of life, and multiply our chances of truly living.

Humans are teleological beings. In other words, we think in terms of purpose and end-results, and we are naturally goal-oriented. A teleological nature means that it is absolutely critical for us to have goals. For us to change and grow, we need something tugging at us from the future, something to, quite literally, look forward to.

When you give up on your goals or when you have no goals at all, your whole system slows down and eventually shuts down. You become depressed and sluggish, and you may very well become seriously ill. Remember, your mind runs your body, not the other way around.

Prisoners of war have been known to simply curl up and die when their hopes for the future died. Who knows how many suicides or terminal illnesses have been directly or indirectly influenced by lack of goals? Thus, having goals seems to be absolutely essential to our existence.

Keep in mind, too, that we move toward and become like what we think about. So, if you don’t deliberately think about how you want your life to be, you’ll just repeat the past or the present over and over again, with minor variations. You’ll end up, at best, in a rut. It may be a comfortable rut, but it’s still a rut.

We want to move beyond today, and we want to do that on purpose – not by accident. Once you have a clear picture of where you want to go, your end-result, goal-seeking nature will take over and help guide you to realizing your goal. ~The Pacific Institute