Sherman County eNews #243


  1. Don’t blindly trust companies selling solar eclipse glasses on Amazon

  2. Celebrate “Wheat, Wind & Waves!” at the Sherman County Fair, Aug. 22-27

  3. Sherman County Emergency Services Offers Cans & Bottles to a Non-Profit

  4. Change the Set-Point

  5. Oregon Heritage & History Grants Available

  6. Sherman County Emergency Services July Activity Report

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

 1. Don’t blindly trust companies selling solar eclipse glasses on Amazon

eclipse1“… As of now, NASA and AAS only recognize five manufacturers with glasses that meet the proper ISO standards: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, TSE 17, and Baader Planetarium (the products with AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only). The products from these companies must have the manufacturer’s name and address printed on the glasses, as well as a mark saying they meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard. NASA and AAS aren’t actually testing these glasses themselves, though. Instead, the organizations are verifying that the companies that make these solar filters have tested their products at an accredited lab and have the proper documentation that says the glasses are ISO certified…”  ~

2. Celebrate “Wheat, Wind and Waves!” at the Sherman County Fair, Aug. 22-27

cowboyyeehawThis year’s theme is “Wheat, Wind and Waves!” Queen Lexi Grenvik and the board invite you to join us to visit with old and new friends, enter a special contest, enjoy the 4-H contests and 4-H and FFA livestock show, attend the bull riding, dance to The Countryfied Band or watch the Demolition Car/Truck Derby.

The Fair Board will be cooking up some awesome burgers and hotdogs with all the trimmings on Wednesday evening during the car show. Remember to check the schedule for new event times or dates. 

This year’s fair is going to be a special one, and you don’t want to miss out! The fair board lined up exciting entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Nashville recording artist Susie McEntire will sing the national anthem at our Bull Riding event on Saturday evening and return Sunday morning for Cowboy Church.  New to the Challenge of Champions Bull Riding Tour event this year is the Free Style Bull Fighting section.  These bull fights are fun to watch!  Freddie Prez is returning with large money Bingo and Frisbee toss games along with his many other crazy contests and his special cannon.   The Demolition Car & Truck Derby has some added money to the final heat pots for the drivers. 

Mark your calendars and join Queen Lexi Grenvik and the fair board, August 22nd thru August 27th in Moro Oregon.

Shop early and save some money! Get your Bull Riding event tickets early at the pre-sale price of $12 for each adult. At the gate they will be $15.  Kids 10 and under are free! Go to to buy your tickets now.

See you at the fair!

Fair Secretary Beth McCurdy

P.S. See Sherman County Fair by Patty (French) Moore in vol. 7, no. 2, Sherman County: For The Record, 1989, available at The Museum Store in Moro.

3. Sherman County Emergency Services Offers Cans & Bottles to a Non-Profit 

dollars.coinsSherman County Emergency Services has cans and bottles to donate for a non-profit.  If interested, please contact Shawn at 541-565-3100.



4. Change the Set-Point

Have you ever had anyone tell you that you were trying too hard to succeed? What is it about trying too hard that just does not seem to work?

Now, it is not a mistake to put your energy into something, and it’s not that you should not try at all. However, there comes a point at which we can try too hard, and when that happens, we tend to get in our own way.

Why do you suppose that is? Consider this: All of us have a self-concept or self-image – our idea of what we are like. As it happens, we don’t have to think about behaving like the person we know ourselves to be. It is something we do easily and effortlessly. We have a set-point about who we believe we are, and our mind takes care of maintaining the set-point.

For example, if you see yourself as an outgoing person, you don’t need to work at being outgoing, right? It just happens naturally. And, if you see yourself as shy, you don’t have to be reminded to be shy when you are in a group. You know how to act shy, and it’s easy for you to do and be.

But what happens when you try to behave in a way that contradicts your self-image? “That’s not like me,” you think, even if it is a positive change. You go back to behaving like the “real” you as soon as possible. It’s easy and it’s comfortable. This happens with individuals, and with groups. It’s why organizational change is so difficult to manage and maintain.

It has been pretty much proven that all meaningful and lasting change starts on the inside and works its way out. It doesn’t start on the outside, not the “meaningful and lasting” kind of change, anyway. So, if you want to be different than the way you are now, first work on changing your self-concept – you, on the inside. Change the inside, and the outside will follow.

You won’t have to “try” to behave differently. Change that internal set-point, and it will happen naturally, all by itself. ~The Pacific Institute

5. Oregon Heritage & History Grants Available

wheel.wagon1The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants for qualified projects for the conservation, development and interpretation of Oregon’s cultural heritage. Awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000. Projects can include anything related to Oregon heritage, and priority will be given to projects that preserve, develop or interpret threatened heritage resources or heritage resources of statewide significance. The grant application deadline is October 2, 2017.

Projects may include theatrical performances, collections preservation and access, exhibits, oral history projects, public education events, organizational archives projects, films and more. Previously funded projects included a variety of projects around the state. Linn County Museum partnered with Oregon Black Pioneers to incorporate African American history in the permanent exhibit. Cascade AIDS Project collected oral histories and made them accessible. Southern Oregon University completed oral histories and made them available online. Concordia University helped present the Vanport Mosaic Festival. Four Rivers Cultural Center scanned a photo collection.

“We hope to see a variety of projects that engage Oregonians in heritage,” states Kuri Gill, heritage grants program coordinator. “We encourage the documentation, preservation and exploration of all aspects of Oregon’s heritage.”

Applications are submitted online. There is plenty of support for preparing them. “Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process,” notes Gill. Oregon Heritage grants programs staff is happy to discuss projects and review applications in advance.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon’s heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission’s mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon’s heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about the grants, visit or contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685.

6. Sherman County Emergency Services July Activity Report

Sherman County Ambulance

July 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
7/06 4:36 PM Sick Person Biggs
7/06 6:41 PM Motor Vehicle Crash US 97  MP#33
7/06 7:32 PM Distressed Swimmer Giles French Park
7/08 11:17 AM Motor Vehicle Crash I-84 MP104 Off Ramp
7/16 12:20 PM Fall Victim Biggs
7/17 11:25 PM Lift Assist Wasco
7/18 4:04 AM Welfare check on Truck Driver Pilot Station in Biggs
7/22 3:40 PM ATV Accident Barnum Lane, Grass Valley
7/22 8:42 PM Sick Person Wasco
7/24 12:41 AM Sick Person Motel in Biggs
7/24 1:04 PM Chest Pain Dinty’s in Biggs
7/25 10:03 AM High Fever Wasco
7/25 11:06 AM High Blood Pressure Wasco
7/28 8:00 AM Chest Pain Rufus RV Park
7/28 1:59 PM Lift Assist Rufus RV Park
7/29 4:30 PM Seizure and Fall Pilot Station in Biggs
7/30 5:52 PM Unresponsive Male in Vehicle 3rd Street in Grass Valley
7/31 5:14 PM Possible Heat Stroke Pilot in Biggs


Moro Fire Department

July 2017 Activity Report

Date Time Incident Location
7-01 5:10 PM Possible Semi-Truck fire – No fire found US 97  MP# 22
7-12 10:07 PM Grass Fire DeMoss Springs Rd.
7-22 7:41 PM Grass Fire Fairview & Higley
7-23 12:19 PM Grass Fire Fairview & Bruckert
7-28 4:54 PM Grass Fire Scott Canyon & Gerking

~ Shawn Payne, Sherman County Emergency Services

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

bird.owl3Sherman County Fair

Sherman County Fair Timeline 

Apostrophe Abuse is Rampant in the U.S.

Threatened & Endangered Vascular Plants in Oregon, An Illustrated Guide

Grass Valley Watershed Assessment, Sherman County, Oregon

People in the U.S. Are Drinking More Alcohol Than Ever: Study

New Study Finds Nearly 1 in 4 Americans Under the Age of 30 Is an Alcoholic

Grant County refers dispatch center tax measure to voters

United States Weather

Nitrogen fertilizer poses significant threats to humans and the environment 

Video: The Nature of God

Prager U. – How Iraq was Won and Lost


Sherman County eNews #242


  1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.

  2. American Red Cross – Cascades Region

  3. Sherman County Health District’s 6th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 26

  4. #DriveHealthy during the #OReclipse

  5. Nena Springs Wildfire Update, August 12

  6. Red Cross Issues Wildfire Safety Tips

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

 1. What’s Happening at Sherman County Public/School Library This Week.

Logo.ShermanPub.School.Library2017Thursday, August 17 at 11:00am – Baby Lap-Sit Story Time
Come build early literacy skills with your little one as we read a story, sing songs, and play games like “peek-a-boo.”

Thursday, August 17 at 6:00pm –Game Night
Come play Magic the Gathering with us!
Ages 10 and up.

Next week!
Monday, August 21 at 9:30 – Eclipse Viewing Party.
We will do crafts and read stories as we watch the eclipse.
Remember, you need to wear sun safe eclipse viewing glasses; we have them available at the library during open hours, Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. We will also have glasses for everyone at the party.

2. American Red Cross – Cascades Region 

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at to schedule an appointment.

3. Sherman County Health District’s 6th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 26

6th Annual Wellness Walk

Walk for Wellness

Sponsored by the Sherman County Health District

And the Sherman County Medical Clinic

8:00 A.M.

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Registration forms with route information are available at the Sherman County Health District Administration Office. $5 registration fee.

****First 25 to register receive t-shirt!****

Post-walk refreshments will be available at finish.

Please call Caitlin at 541-565-0536 for additional information.

4. #DriveHealthy during the #OReclipse

ODOT expects many Oregon highways to be very crowded in the days around the Aug. 21 #OReclipse. Many crashes are the result of distracted driving and traveling too fast for conditions. So we’re encouraging you to #DriveHealthy: Keep your hands on the wheel, your mind on the task, and your eyes on the road—not on the sky. It also means you must plan your travel well in advance.

Because of the expected large crowds, please treat the 3-hour eclipse as a 3-DAY event: Arrive early, stay put and leave late.

  • Showing up Monday morning is too late: You could be in a long traffic jam; you could still be on the highway when the eclipse occurs.
  • Trying to leave immediately after the eclipse is too early: That could put you into another long traffic jam—perhaps one of cosmic proportions.
  • Can you travel with others? Carpool! Visit for more information.
  • Move over before you pass a vehicle on the side of the road that is displaying warning lights, if you can. If you cannot safely move over, or you’re on a two-lane road, you must slow down to at least five mph under the speed limit before you pass by.
  • The shoulder is for emergency stopping, not parking—and not eclipse viewing. Blocking the shoulder could keep emergency vehicles from reaching victims.  

In the days leading up to the eclipse, ODOT will have crews posted along critical travel routes to keep motorists safe, and will be providing travel updates via and 511 so you can be prepared with the most current travel information available. TripCheck’s speed map has been enhanced: you can now see how fast (or slow) traffic is moving on all city, county and state roads in Oregon.

Plan to have a good time in Oregon viewing the eclipse. Plan ahead, so you will.

5. Nena Springs Wildfire Update, August 12

fire2August 12, 2017
An Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Incident Management Team arrived Friday with over 100 firefighters to assist with managing the Nena Springs Wildfire. This organization will be assisting with structural protection and building upon the quality work firefighters have already established.

Structure Protection resources are assigned to the communities of Simnasho, Mutton Mountain and Indian Head Canyon where structures are concentrated. They are developing structure protection plans, re-enforcing containment lines and patrolling neighborhoods to ensure fire does not threaten them again.

Yesterday, several structures were destroyed in the Simnasho area, however, none of them were primary homes; the hard work of firefighters kept the structural damage as low as possible. No new structures were lost overnight since the additional resources arrived. One unoccupied residence was burned the second day when the fire grew over 20,000 acres. Several historic unoccupied outbuildings, considered 50 years or older, and other outbuildings were also destroyed in the first three days.

Today’s Operations:
Very dry grass, brush and slash, combined with steep terrain on the northern flank of the fire, are contributing to extreme fire behavior and fire growth. Where safe to do so, firefighters are engaging the fire, now established in the Nena Creek drainage.

As additional resources arrive, they will be given assignments. Their focus is to limit the fire’s spread onto private lands, prevent damage to structures and infrastructure and to reduce damage to natural and cultural resources. Firefighters are working to keep the fire east of Bear Springs Cutoff, north of Hwy. 26 and Warm Springs rural zone, west of the Deschutes River and the ridge above Eagle Creek, and south of U.S. 216 and Walters Road.

To accomplish this, air tankers and helicopters have been dropping retardant and water to slow the fire’s growth. This is giving firefighters the opportunity to safely construct dozer and hand lines, and use roads for control lines where available. Other firefighters have been conducting burnout operations to remove grass and brush ahead of the fire’s front. This key tactic assists firefighters with protecting structures and developing containment areas.

Firefighters have contained a small segment of the northwest flank of the fire. They will re-enforce this line today.

The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point are not directly affected by the fire at this time, but are under a Level 1 evacuation notice. This lets them know a fire is in the area and they should be aware of current and possible future conditions so that they can be ready to leave if necessary. The Fish Hatchery Grade area is under a Level 2 evacuation notice. They should be set to evacuate when notified. The Schoolie Flat, Simnasho, and S-300 subdivisions are under a Level 3 Evacuation Notice and have been requested to leave the area immediately.

A Red Cross shelter is established at the Warm Springs Community Center to support people displaced by the fire.

Road Closures
The S-300 Road is closed. Highway 3 is also closed, except for local residents.
Caution Needed

Heavy fire traffic is on the roads. The public is asked to please drive cautiously when in the area. If possible, please avoid areas where evacuation notices are issued.

6. Red Cross Issues Wildfire Safety Tips

Downloadable file: News Release: Red Cross Issues Wildfire Safety Tips

As wildfires burn across the Northwest, the Red Cross is urging community members to know what steps they should take to stay safe and prepare for wildfires.

PORTLAND, EUGENE, BEND & MEDFORD, Ore., August 11, 2017 — With more than a dozen large fires burning across Oregon and Southwest Washington, the local Red Cross is sharing tips to help residents be prepared in the event that a wildfire occurs near their home. The Nena Springs Fire is currently burning near Warm Springs in Wasco County, and the residents of 70 homes have been forced to evacuate because of the fire. The Red Cross is operating a shelter for wildfire evacuees, providing food, shelter and comfort to people who have been displaced. The Red Cross shelter housed 14 people overnight Thursday night.

Residents in other areas of the region are urged to take these wildfire safety precautions to make sure you and your family are prepared.

Before a wildfire:
* Build an emergency preparedness kit.
* Make a household evacuation plan that includes your pets.
* Stay informed about your community’s response plans.

Right before a wildfire — As the fire approaches your area:
* Be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
* Listen to local radio and television stations for updated emergency information including your safest escape route.
* Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications and medical supplies. Keep it in the car.
* Arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area. Identify nearby shelter sites and know your routes to get there.

Know when to go: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Evacuations:
* A Level 1 evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock.
* A Level 2 evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate. YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
* A Level 3 evacuation means “GO”. EVACUATE NOW; LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately.

After a wildfire — returning home:
* Do not enter your home until fire officials say it is safe.
* Use caution when entering burned areas, as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning.
* Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles and downed wires.
* Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.

SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS: Check with your local emergency management office to sign up for emergency notifications. These notifications provide information on when evacuation orders are in place.

EMERGENCY APP: Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of wildfires, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook at RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.

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

bird.owl.limbAg Day 365

Consortium News, The Truth has no Bias. Independent Investigative Journalism Since 1995

The Nation, News, Politics, World, Economy, Culture

Forget California, Oregon Is The Foremost ‘Sanctuary State’ In The US

Robotic milkers popular despite dairy slump

AG Sessions has ‘serious questions’ about Oregon’s pot market 

 Oregon Marijuana Dispensaries Anticipate Eclipse Sales Spike

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

How Foreign Governments Influence What Americans Learn In College

Information for Growing & Handling Industrial Hemp & Agricultural Hemp Seed


Sherman County eNews #241


  1. A Line in the Sand: Bigotry & Stereotypes

  2. Sharon Parsons 1960-2017

  3. The Perseid Meteor Showers Peak this Weekend, Aug. 12-13

  4. History Tidbits: Oregon Trading Co. & Crosfield General Merchandise in Wasco

  5. Oregon Farm Bureau Seeks Photos for 2018 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar

  6. Editorial: Response to Sheriff Lohrey re: Frontier TeleNet

  7. ODOT Enlists Guard Help For Eclipse Duty

 1. A Line in the Sand: Bigotry & Stereotypes

Living in a society that operates from racist and sexist values is no laughing matter – as is evidenced practically every day in the news. Everybody likes to enjoy a good laugh, and everybody wants to feel that they are a part of a happy group of friends. But what about the times when the laugh seems to be at someone else’s expense?

What do you do when you hear a friend tell a joke that plays on physical, racial, ethnic or gender stereotypes? What do you do when you are chatting with a group of pals and someone makes a remark that indicates intolerance, bigotry or sexism? You sell yourself and our society short if you join these “We’re OK, they aren’t OK” sessions.

For the sake of your own self-esteem and for the sake of a democratic society, you owe it to yourself to be decent and fair and insist that others be the same way in your presence. Refrain from telling, laughing at, or in any way going along with racial, ethnic, religious or gender jokes, or to any practices whatsoever that are intended to demean rather than enhance another human being.

Walk away from them. Stare them down. Make them unacceptable in your homes, places of worship, and the workplace. Perhaps we aren’t all equally guilty, but we are all equally responsible for building a decent and just society – regardless of where we live. The world is too small a place now, to allow this poorly-disguised hatred to fester. And in a time when cooperation is the path to solutions to the world’s challenges, we really don’t need anything else to further separate us.

Racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry and intolerance undermine our strength, and weaken the fibers of our society. Draw this line in the sand, so to speak – one that you refuse to cross. Perhaps this is one group you don’t need to feel a part of today. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Sharon Parsons 1960-2017 

flower.rose.starSharon Parsons was born August 24, 1960 and passed away August 3, 2017 in The Dalles. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2500 W. 8th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Sharon’s name to Bread and Blessings, 314 W. 3rd Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

3. The Perseid Meteor Showers Peak this Weekend, Aug. 12-13 

starsSpace Weather News for August 11, 2017
PERSEID FIREBALLS: The Perseid meteor shower, which peaks this weekend (Aug. 12-13), produces more fireballs than any other known annual meteor shower. (Fireballs are meteors brighter than Jupiter or Venus.) This characteristic of the Perseids is important because in 2017 the shower peaks under the light of a bright gibbous Moon. Perseid fireballs should be visible in spite of lunar interference, producing a pleasing display for anyone outdoors before sunrise on Saturday and Sunday. Visit for observing tips.

4. History Tidbits: Oregon Trading Co. & Crosfield General Merchandise in Wasco

In November, 1903, a disastrous fire started in the basement of an addition under construction at Oregon Trading Company’s store and spread to the main building and the adjacent opera house and John Venable’s house. The Oregon Trading Company property of E.O. McCoy and George N. Crosfield, the largest general merchandise house in Sherman County, with building and stock valued at $100,000, was insured for $60,000. Crosfield was severely burned in an attempt to save some valuable papers.

George N. Crosfield’s brick General Merchandise Store on the corner of Clark and First streets must have been built after the loss of the Oregon Trading Company building. Additional information about this building will be appreciated. Contact Sherry at

5. Oregon Farm Bureau Seeks Photos for 2018 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar

camera.handheldThrough Sept. 15, Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit their best photos of Oregon agriculture for a chance to be featured in the 2018 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the crops, the cultivation, the landscape, anything that depicts the beauty, culture, enjoyment, technology, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

“What makes the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar so special is that the images are sourced from the public,” said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. “Oregon agriculture is an interesting, visual, and inspiring subject for photographers.

“We’re looking for what I call ‘gaze-worthy’ images, photos that you can enjoy for a month as the calendar hangs on the wall,” said Moss. “The Oregon’s Bounty Calendar is mailed to over 66,000 Farm Bureau members around the state and thousands more are distributed throughout the year. It’s truly an exceptional opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers to get their work shown.”

Horizontal-layout, high-resolution images — both close-ups and panoramic shots — are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons. Subject ideas include rural scenery; portraits of farmers and ranchers; planting or harvest shots; scenes from farm stands, on-farm events, farmers markets, or county fairs; and close-ups of fruits, vegetables, flowers, crops in the field, or farm animals.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, and there’s no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

As thanks for participating, everyone who submits photos with their mailing address will receive a complimentary copy of the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar. Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon’s Bounty, along with six runners up, will receive a photo credit in the calendar and numerous copies.

Submission instructions, photo specifications, and contest rules are available at

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policy-making arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties.

For more information, contact Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at, 503.399.1701.

6. Editorial: Response to Sheriff Lohrey re: Frontier TeleNet

pen.markerIn Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey’s commentary in The Citizen-Reporter, he expressed frustration about “a great deal of criticism of Frontier TeleNet… that it seems a handful of people are trying to destroy a system that we have worked so hard to build… We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing people to give Frontier TeleNet a bad name.”

We believe we are among those in the “handful of people.” It is not now and never was our intent, nor do we have knowledge of anyone with intent, to destroy a telecommunications system or Frontier TeleNet. A handful of citizens expressed concerns and asked questions wanting Frontier TeleNet to succeed. For ten months now it’s been about process and transparency.

We encourage the “handful of people” Sheriff Lohrey mentioned to respond to his questions.

No concerns have been expressed about Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Agency’s performance or its entirely separate governing board on which Sheriff Lohrey serves. Not one.

If concerns expressed about Frontier TeleNet are perceived as criticism, “Let those whom the shoe fits wear it.” It’s not helpful when questions and suggestions are received as personal attacks.

As for “allowing people to give Frontier TeleNet a bad name,” we are mindful of the first amendment. If anyone is giving Frontier TeleNet a bad name, it is Frontier TeleNet. We expressed concerns about Frontier TeleNet governance based on the facts found in Frontier TeleNet’s records.

Thank you for expressing these concerns and asking questions, Sheriff Lohrey.  

Sheriff Lohrey: “Does anybody even know what the problem is?”

Answer: Yes. The problems are, in a nutshell, failures of planning, process and transparency. The current situation is not a positive governing environment.

Sheriff Lohrey: “What is your motive?” 

Answer: We’ve been very clear. We want Frontier TeleNet to succeed by exercising lawful, ethical, transparent process with respect for the opinions of the citizens. We requested meeting minutes and they were forthcoming. We requested copies of specific public records. We’re still waiting.

Sheriff Lohrey: “If so, please explain so that it can be fixed…”

Explanation: The governing board did not ask us to help “fix the problem,” but we and a handful of people offered constructive, positive suggestions that were largely ignored. Engaging with the Association of Oregon Counties’ County Solutions program for professional assessment and assistance would be an effective first step toward restoring Frontier TeleNet to a transparent partnership with lawful practices and to regain the public’s trust.

Well-compensated Frontier TeleNet board members and staff should be able to deliver what we have every right to expect, a transparent, ethical, impartial, thoughtful, and collaborative execution of their duties.

To set the editorial record straight, we repeatedly made it clear that we appreciated and supported Frontier TeleNet’s success since its beginning. We respect public service and want public officials, elected and un-elected, to succeed. We believe it is our collective responsibility to pay attention, be informed and hold public officials accountable. The Times-Journal coverage has kept us informed. 

7. ODOT Enlists Guard Help For Eclipse Duty 

Traffic help at key Madras intersections

eclipse2BEND — With thousands of travelers expected to descend on Madras for the total solar eclipse, ODOT is bringing in extra help for traffic control downtown. A team of Oregon National Guard engineers will be on hand in Madras to help with traffic.

According to District 10 Manager Jim Scholtes, “We are pretty sure that Madras will be flooded with cars and pedestrians. We want some extra help at key intersections to help with the crush and the Guard has offered their services. We took them up on the offer.”

Motorists and pedestrians can expect to see uniformed guardsmen and women at the signalized intersections along both sides of the US97 corridor in Madras.


Sherman County eNews #240


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

Classifieds (new or corrected)


Free classified ads are published on Fridays. The deadline is Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, & how, contact information and the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example, 3/17), and contact information, under 50 words if possible. This service is limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome.  Please share your Thank You and Congratulatory notes and Joyful News here. ~ The Editor


thankyou.guyTHANK YOU, TERRI EARL! Sherman County School Clothes Scramble 2010-2017! Thank you for organizing this program offering exchanges of nice used clothing for Sherman County families. THANK YOU, PARTICIPATING FAMILIES and SHERMAN COUNTY PUBLIC/LIBRARY STAFF! We’ve enjoyed following this grass-roots effort that provided opportunities for us all to help one another. ~The Editor

CONGRATULATIONS, DARYN (McDERMID) REYNOLDS, on your Western Oregon University graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science! ~The Editor

thankyou.guyTHANKFUL FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT! We would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire community for the support and words of encouragement over the past few days. Losing our business to a fire is a big loss not only to us, but also to the town of Wasco and all of Sherman County. There are so many individuals who stepped in and helped. A big thank you goes to the volunteer fire fighters who came from all over the county, without whose hard work and skills, the entire block of businesses could have been lost to the fire. Thank you also to the EMS crews who stood by ready to assist if needed. Thanks to everyone who helped remove items from the buildings, provided cold water and food, and provided words of encouragement and support. It is incredible how in times of crisis, our community comes together; another reason living in Sherman County is a blessing. At this time, we are just trying to come to terms with the fire and loss of the business, which could drag on for some time. We appreciate all the offers of help for when the time comes to clean up and remove the debris. At this time we are not thinking beyond this point, but will keep everyone posted. A great way to show support is through becoming a volunteer in our community. There are many opportunities to volunteer, especially with the emergency services, ie. fire fighters and EMTs. If you would like to become involved, please contact the North Sherman Fire District or the South Sherman Fire District. Jeff Holliday of the NSFD will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about becoming a volunteer. He can be reached at 541-705-5640. ~ Megan Jensen, Second Hand Made &
Gail Macnab & Patti Moore, Giggles & Schitz, Wasco

thankyou.guyAPPRECIATION FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL. Wasco mayor Carol MacKenzie offered an update and appreciation by saying, “The City of Wasco extends a big thank you to all of Sherman County’s fire and EMS personnel and The Dalles Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue for all their hard work in the 100 degree weather to battle the fire in downtown Wasco on Aug 3. Because of their efforts the fire was contained to just the one building that held Megan Jensen’s cute little gift shop, Second Hand Made. The four buildings connected together in that block were, fortunately, constructed of brick back in the early 1900s so each of the adjoining business protected others by a brick wall.”  McKenzie reports that, “The Wasco Market had some water damage and the beauty shop, smoke damage. The  old Wasco Inn plus the post office had no damage. All in Wasco are sincerely thankful for everyone’s help including the man who brought the large water tanker down from DeGrange Construction at the start of the fire incident, Clint and Ethan Moore for dashing into Second Hand Made to retrieve some of their cousin’s electronics, and the men who helped Kim Hulke remove all of her equipment from her Locust Tree Salon. Lots of bottled water and ice appeared from one or two of the local businesses which was really essential to the fire crews in the extreme heat.  A run was made to Subway to bring food to the hard working men and women, which was really appreciated.  Sherman County Sheriff’s office used their drone to inspect the fire from above during the active start of the fire and to facilitate the state fire marshal after the fire was out by surveying the roof damage, so no one needed to get on the roof in such a hazardous condition. The State of Oregon Fire Marshal is interviewing witnesses and gathering all the facts to determine the cause of this devastating fire. Our sympathies go to Michelle and Travis Lawrence, owners of the historic former McKee Drug Store, and to Megan Jensen, proprietor of Second Hand Made gift shop. Thank you, everyone.”

JOYFUL NEWS! [births, birthdays, engagements, weddings & anniversaries]


THE MUSEUM STORE. 200 Dewey Street, Moro, Oregon



CHILDCARE PROGRAM. MANAGER/DIRECTOR & ASSISTANT. Little Wheats childcare program is looking to fill TWO POSITIONS: a Program Manager/Director and Assistant; a successful applicant must love children and be dependable. Both positions need 1st Aid/CPR, food handlers and recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect – however we can work with you to provide these trainings for you. Some are online and some are classes. The Director position starts at $15-17hr, the Assistant $10-12hr, depending on experience/qualifications, both are typically 26-35 hrs a week. The manager is required to be on site around 70% of the open hours, though can work more if requested. Highly preferred for the manager to have one year of qualifying teaching experience in the care of a group of children (kindergarten, preschool, child care center, CF home, Head Start) or 30 quarter credits in ECE or a step 8 in the Oregon Registry. Little Wheats does not offer medical insurance – but we do offer a $150 monthly stipend towards whatever medical coverage you choose for the Director. We also provide both positions with 1 week’s paid personal leave each year after a 3 month probation period; it is based on the average number of hours worked per week. (ie – if you normally work 20 hours per week, you would receive a week off paid at 20 hours or if you worked an average of 30 hours per week you would be paid for 30 hours, etc….) We also provide reduced rates for childcare for employees. Please call/text 541-980-5232 with questions, pick up an application at 409 Dewey St. in Moro, or apply online at  8/18

PREVENTION COORDINATOR. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Prevention Coordinator. This is a part time position, 20-24 hr./week or .50/.60FTE, Monday-Friday; there is an option for flexible scheduling within the FTE, and potential for expansion. Partial benefits available. Applicant must value collaboration and be skilled in data collection, program implementation, and grant management. This position works closely with youth, the community, and other agencies to identify and implement strategies to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in Sherman County. This is an exciting opportunity to effect local change.  For job description and/or application, contact the office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416 or online at Submit completed application and resume to the Sherman County Court, PO Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Friday, September 1st. Successful applicant must pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer. 9/1 

FT RECEPTIONIST/MEDICAL BILLING – Position open at the Sherman County Medical Clinic.  Proficiency in computer and office skills required; knowledge of Medical Billing and Coding preferred.  Starting pay is $14/hr DOE plus benefits.  Pick up an application at the Sherman County Health District Administrative Office located at 110 Main Street #3, Moro, OR.  Mail or E-Mail completed application along with a cover letter and a copy of resume to – Sherman County Medical Clinic – Job Search, PO Box 186, Moro, OR 97039 or  For further information contact District Administrator at 541-565-0536, medclinic1@embarqmail, or visit the website at  Applications due by 5:00pm on Monday, August 14, 2017.   8/11

RETAIL YARD ASSOCIATE, PETROLEUM DELIVERY DRIVER, GRAIN FACILITY OPERATOR & GRAIN OPERATIONS LABORER. Mid Columbia Producers Inc. is hiring for a variety of positions.  Full Benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, Rx, 401k with robust profit sharing plan, paid vacation and sick leave and more are available to all regular full time positions.  All four positions listed here are full time.

Retail Yard Associate Our Farm Stores sell a variety of products from animal food and supplies, fencing and automotive products to household items and clothing.  Customer service, deliveries and inventory management are a few of the essential job functions of this position. It can be physically demanding and requires the individual to work in varying weather conditions.  The chosen candidate will work at all three of our locations including The Dalles, Wasco and Goldendale Washington.

Petroleum Delivery Driver This position is based in Bend, OR.The role of the Petroleum Delivery Drivers is to safely transport petroleum products and render outstanding customer service to our patrons.  The deliveries will range from commercial/industrial accounts and home heating oil to bulk and packaged lubricants.  Product knowledge is a plus.  On Site training will be provided.

Grain Operations Laborer This position will be based in either Sherman or Gilliam County depending on the candidates and business necessity.  The role of a Grain Operations Laborer is to safely handle grain while rendering outstanding customer service to our patrons.   Maintenance, housekeeping, and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility are some of the essential functions of this position.

Grain Facility Operator This position will be based in either Sherman or Gilliam County depending on the candidates and business necessity. The Facilities Operator holds the primary responsibility for the facility under their operation.  Daily functions include and are not limited to grain elevator operation, maintenance, housekeeping, receiving grain, loading barges, inventory management and the practice of environmental health and safety programs applicable to the operation of the facility.  *This position requires the ability to obtain a pesticide license with space fumigation endorsement.

For more information on joining the MCP team, please visit To apply for any of these positions please send cover letter, application and resume to:

Mid Columbia Producers Attn: Brittany Dark, PO Box 344, Moro, OR 97039

PH: (541)565-2277  Fax: (503)536-6875  8/18


STUDDED TIRES ON RIMS. Studded tires, 245/75R-16 on GM Rims from Tahoe (5 Spoke Factory Alloy Wheels). 6 lug pattern (6 X 13927 MM). Lightly used asking $700 for wheels and tires. Can be seen in Grass Valley by contacting Jeanne @ 541-714-5740 (call or Text). 9/8

RANCH-STYLE HOME IN RUFUS. $209,900. Attractive ranch style home on corner lot in Rufus. Built in 2013. High ceilings. Great floor plan with open concept. 3 bed 2 bath. 1580 Sq Ft. Spacious entry with wide hallway. Large living room. Dining room has sliding glass doors to back patio. Kitchen is great for entertaining with Breakfast bar. Lots of storage with pantry, more than ample counter space for cooking. Nice master bed and bath. 2 Charming bedrooms and 2nd bath. Nicely landscaped. Contact Bonnie Long At Copperwest Properties 541-993-1513. 8/18

WEATHERED OAK WINE BARREL ADIRONDACK CHAIRS. Weathered Oak Wine Barrel Adirondack Chairs – stationary $350, rocker $375 or the set for $650. Local Craftsman. Call for photos… 541-788-9497.  9/8 

PROPERTY NEAR MORO. A chance to own 1.5 acres close to Moro but still in the country. All utilities are available. This property is waiting for you to bring your house plans and call it home. Subject to final short plat approval, taxes to be determined. $55,000. RMLS# 17410095 – Tiffany Hillman  11/10

ECLIPSE GLASSES. 2017 Oregon Solar Eclipse Glasses are now available for sale at the Sherman County Museum Store for $2.00. Open daily 10-5 at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. 8/18 

SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, preschool, day care, restaurant, support & training]




SCHOOL CLOTHES SCRAMBLE COORDINATOR. Sherman County School Clothes Scramble, an annual August event, will continue with the next volunteer. Following her 7th annual Scramble, Terri Earl has a file of information she will be glad to pass along. Please text or call Terri at 541-980-2959 for information. 


ART WORK FOR SHERMAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE ADDITION. The Sherman County Project Team is actively seeking Sherman County-themed art work for display in the courthouse addition currently under construction. The team is interested in any two-dimensional media (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, etc) for display inside the addition. Deadline for submittal is August 31. For the initial screening, please provide an 8″ by 10″ color photograph or digital image of the proposed article. Include the dimensions of the actual article, if the size is fixed, along with a description of how the article relates to Sherman County and any relationship between the contributor and Sherman County. If the project team is interested in directly inspecting the article, arrangements will be made with the contributor to do so. We know there are several talented local artists and photographers out there and encourage each one to contribute. There is no restriction upon the number of articles that can be submitted for consideration. Sherman County will offer a stipend, the amount of which is to be determined, for each piece of art work acquired. Submittals can be made by mail to PO Box 282, Moro, OR 97039 or by email to Questions may be directed to the same email address. 8/25




2. Calendar (new or corrected)


5-27 Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition 10-5 Maryhill Museum of Art

9-13 Wheeler County Fair: “Wagon Wheels, Painted Hills & Eclipse Thrills”

11-12 Wheeler County Fair: NPRA Rodeo

11-13 Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

12-13 Ranch 2-Man Advanced Cow Sorting Clinic, Wasco 541-980-7394

14  Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Aug. 14

16 Sherman County Court 9; Public Hearing Frontier Digital Network Dissolution

16 Gilliam County Court 10; Public Hearing Frontier Digital Network Dissolution 1:15

16 Wheeler County Court 10, Public Hearing Frontier Digital Network Dissolution 11

17 Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Board 10 NORCOR, The Dalles

18 Frontier Digital Network & Frontier TeleNet Board Meetings 9 Moro

18-22 Outlaw Rodeo Bible Camp – Powell Butte, Oregon

19 Celebration of Life: Bill Van, Otilia Geiser Vann 1 Discovery Center

19 Great American Eclipse Education & Entertainment in Fossil

19-20 Special Art Walk & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

20 Total Solar Eclipse Party in Condon featuring Brewers Grade,
         Camping, Food, Beer & Wine

20-21 99.5% totality Eclipse and Star Party – Oregon Raceway Park, Aug. 20-21

21 Total Solar Eclipse

22 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 8 a.m. The Dalles


22-27 Sherman County Fair

22 Sherman County Fair 4-H Static Exhibit Judging

22 Sherman County Fair 4-H Horse Show 10

23 Healthy Families’ Play Group 10:30-12 Moro City Park

23 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10:30 The Dalles

23 Sherman County Fair: Take your entries to the fair! 

23 Sherman County Fair Dale Coles Classic Car Show 3:30

23 Sherman County Fair BBQ Burgers/Dogs with the Fair Board 5

23 Sherman County Fair 4-H Style Revue 5:30

23 Sherman County Fair Horse Games in the Arena 7:15

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H Poultry, Rabbit & Cavie Show 8 a.m.

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Market Judging 10

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Market Judging 11

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Market Judging 12:30

24 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Market Judging 2

24 Sherman County Fair Down on the Farm Chore Course 7

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H Home Economics Contests 8

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Showmanship 10

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Goat Showmanship 11

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Sheep Showmanship 1

25 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Beef Showmanship 2

25 Sherman County Fair Cattle Sorting Contests 7 Arena

26 Sherman County Fair Wellness Walk 8 Downtown Moro

26 Sherman County Fair Exhibit Parade 9:15 Fairgrounds

26 Sherman County Fair Queen’s Reception 10 Fairgrounds

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H Grand Champion All-Around Showmanship 12

26 Sherman County Fair 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale 4-5

26 Sherman County Fair FFA Annual BBQ 5:30

26 Sherman County Fair Special Introductions 7:15 Arena

26 Sherman County Fair Bull Riding Contests 7:30-9

26 Sherman County Fair Dance with Countryfied in the Arena 9:30-1

26 Summer Concert in Condon, HYATUS 6:30-9:90

27 Sherman County Fair Cowboy Church with Susie McEntire 10:30

27 Sherman County Fair Demolition Derby 2 Arena

28 Sherman County Photography Club 6 OSU Extension Office, Burnet Bldg.

28 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority 11 The Dalles

31-Sept. 3 Gilliam County Fair, Condon


2 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro

2 Painted Hills Festival in Mitchell


5 School resumes in Sherman County

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 Gilliam County Court 10

6 Wheeler County Court 10

6 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Moro Presbyterian Church



12 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District 8:30 Moro

12 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30 Burnet Building

12 Mid-Columbia Center for Living Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30 Senior Center, Moro

20 Sherman County Court 9

21 Mid-Columbia Economic Development District 4-5 Klickitat County

22 Autumn Begins

22 Sherman County School District Hall of Honor Reception & Awards

25 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10 The Dalles

26 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting


4 Sherman County Court 9

4 All County Prayer Meeting Refreshments/Social 6:30

         Prayer 7-8:30 Wasco Church of Christ

7 First Saturday Art Walk & & Farmers’ Market 10-5 Moro


10 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30

10 Sherman County Watershed Council 11:30

10 North Central Public Health District Board Meeting 3 The Dalles

10 Mid-Columbia Center for Living Board Meeting 11-2 The Dalles

11 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory 12:30 Senior Center

19-20 Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference, Hood River



Sherman County eNews #239


  1. Sherman County School Clothes Scramble: A Next Chapter?

  2. Commentary: Frontier TeleNet by Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey

  3. The Dalles Kiwanis Club 62nd Annual Steak Feed, Sept. 7

  4. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Aug. 14

  5. Your Own BFF

  6. Sherman County eNews Editorial Policies

1. Sherman County School Clothes Scramble: A Next Chapter?

applause1School Clothes Scramble 2017: Terri Earl reports that this year’s School Clothes Scramble, held Tuesday, August 8, at the school library went well, with plenty of good donations and several families taking away nice used clothing for the coming school year. This year was the 7th Scramble, after skipping last year because of construction at the school. A big thank you to all who participated, especially the library staff!

A next chapter? Because of family issues, this is Terri’s final year for the Scramble. If someone else would like to continue with it, she has a file of information she would be glad to pass along. Please text or call Terri at 541-980-2959 for information.

2. Commentary: Frontier TeleNet by Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey

ShermanCoLogo~Originally published in The Citizen-Reporter, Sherman County’s August newsletter.

Lately, I have been hearing a great deal of criticism of Frontier TeleNet (FTN).  When FTN was first developed, it was not about watching Netflix, but rather a mission critical communication system for our emergency services, and to provide internet to our rural schools.  Anyone else that is now benefiting from use of the internet is a byproduct of the system.  Additionally, the system was never intended to make money. 

It is frustrating that it seems a handful of people are trying to destroy a system that we have worked so hard to build.  The Sheriff’s office has been involved since the beginning as a user of the system.  It’s time for the three counties to start working together and do what is right or suffer the consequences of not taking action. This is about public safety, not about how fast our internet works.

The consequences of letting the system fail or having other users pull out will be catastrophic.  There was a time none of us had a communication system or internet at our schools.  I do not want to go back to those days.  My emergency service people and the citizens of our three counties deserve better than this.  Why would we invest millions of dollars on a system just to throw it away?

Because of our investment, FTN has brought 20 family-wage jobs to our community.  FTN makes it possible for Frontier Regional 911 to dispatch for Jefferson County and soon a tribal reservation.  FTN provides internet to our schools (except Sherman County School District because they chose a different provider), and rural communities.  We serve almost 30,000 people, and last but not least, FTN has saved hundreds of lives.  We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing people to give Frontier TeleNet a bad name.  

Does anybody even know what the problem is?  What is your motive?  If so, please explain so that it can be fixed.  No problem is too big.  

On behalf of all the emergency services and the folks who put their lives on the line every day to serve our community, I beg the courts and the FTN critics to meet, and fix the problem before it is too late.

3. The Dalles Kiwanis Club 62nd Annual Steak Feed, Sept. 7

The Dalles Kiwanis Club hosts its 62nd annual Steak Feed Thursday after Labor Day, this year Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorosis Park.  The Steak Feed is the club’s major fund-raiser for community projects serving children and youth.  Adult meals include an eight ounce sirloin steak, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink for $15.  Beer and wine will be on sale.  Free meal for children 12 and under features a hot dog, potato chips, drink and ice cream.  There will be activities for children and country music by the Dufur Boys for everyone.  Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or may be purchased in the park Sept. 7.  

4. Public Meeting Notice: Sherman County School District Board of Directors, Aug. 14

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold its Regular Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017. This meeting will be preceded by a Work Session for the purpose of Board Training beginning at 4:00 p.m. and an Executive Session at 6:00 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(f) to consider records exempt by law from public inspection. These meetings will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County School/Public Library. 





5. Your Own BFF

Let’s talk about the most important relationship in your life – the one you have with yourself. It is possible to be your own BFF. In fact, it’s critical.

Think of someone you regard as a dear friend. If no such person exists in your life, dream one up. The time you spend with this person brings you a special pleasure, doesn’t it? You tend to be loving, protective, and solicitous toward him or her, and you really have their best interests at heart, don’t you? You really care.

Now, ask yourself, “Do I give myself the same kind of care and consideration?” On the basis of your self-treatment, many of us would truthfully need to answer, “Certainly not!” If this is your answer, ask yourself why. Maybe you will see some negative programming from the past that taught you to suppress or deny your own needs. Maybe you were taught that caring for yourself was selfish and wrong. As a result, you engineer defeats and deprivations, either automatically or unconsciously, that leave you feeling victimized.

You can’t really treat others any better than you treat yourself without hurting your own self-esteem. Your self-esteem is of vital importance, for without it you will have less to give, be able to receive less, and in general live a less-than-satisfying and fulfilling life.

So, if you want to be a good friend to others, consider this piece of advice: Learn to be your own best friend – first. If you haven’t done this before, that’s OK. There is no time like the present to begin this new friendship. You will find that it is a foundational key to your lasting happiness. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Sherman County eNews Editorial Policies 

BeeFriday Classifieds. Please submit classified ads by using the Submit News page. Sherman County eNews publishes free Classifieds on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by date at the end of the ad), contact information, under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Use Friday Classifieds for Joyful News, thank you, commendation and congratulatory notes and advertising.

Letters to the Editor.

  • Please submit Letters to the Editor by using the Submit News page!
  • Keep it short, no longer than 350 words.
  • Keep it simple with one or two clear points. No attachments.
  • Keep it fresh with no more than one letter per writer per month.
  • Keep it civilized, in good taste and free from libel.
  • Keep it relevant with focus on a local event, previous letter or issues of general concern – not personalities.
  • Letters must be signed, name and town. Anonymous letters will not be posted.
  • Letters posted in Sherman County eNews are posted for the exchange of ideas and opinions of its readers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editor.

Sherman County eNews reserves the right to change our policies at any time and to reject or edit any Letter to the Editor.


Sherman County eNews #238


  1. Drive with caution! Slow-moving wheat trucks are on the road!

  2. Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum Motorcycle Play Day, Aug. 12

  3. 99.5% totality Eclipse and Star Party – Oregon Raceway Park, Aug. 20-21

  4. Sherman County Health District’s 6th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 26

  5. Sherman County Fair Entries: Who, Where, When & it’s Free

  6. To Be Fully Alive

  7. Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting Notice & Agenda, Aug. 18

  8. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Notice & Agenda, Aug. 18

“I rejoice in a belief that intellectual light will spring up in the dark corners of the earth; that freedom of enquiry will produce liberality of conduct.” —George Washington (1789)

1. Drive with caution! Slow-moving wheat trucks are on the road!

Be mindful of slow-moving wheat trucks that may be just around the corner

in Biggs Canyon/Spanish Hollow on Hwy. 97


on Hwy. 206 in Fulton Canyon!

Cyclists are encouraged to avoid harvest market roads.

Please keep all vehicles on paved roads to prevent field fires.

~ Peter W. Murphy, Public Information Officer

ODOT Region 4 Bend, Oregon  541-388-6224

2. Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum Motorcycle Play Day, Aug. 12

motorcycle.blueWestern Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

1600 Air Museum Rd. Hood River, OR 97031


Bring on the  Motorcycles and Vintage Snowmobiles

 August 12 

Come on down between 10am and 2pm to see who comes!

We’re rolling out the motorcycles! Every August we invite the motorcycle community to come have a play day at WAAAM to show off their rides.

We’ve managed to get some vintage snowmobiles in on the action too.

3. 99.5% totality Eclipse and Star party – Oregon Raceway Park, Aug. 20-21

eclipse3Enjoy the 2017 Solar Eclipse and Star Gazing Sunday, Aug 20th, and Monday, Aug 21st, at Oregon Raceway Park in the town of Grass Valley Oregon.

Oregon Raceway Park is located less than 10 miles from 100% totality of the eclipse giving it an almost total totality viewing at 99.5%.   Flat grass land surrounds the site giving one of the most open views possible during the event.

Gates 6pm Aug. 20th to 3pm Aug. 21st.

Event details:
360 degree view of the sky on some of the flattest land available.
No light pollution from any surrounding towns.
Full shower and flush toilets.
RV paved parking w/ dry camping only.
No open campfires allowed, high grass fire dangers exist.
Family friendly, no firearms allowed.
One RV or Vehicle camp site $100 up to (4 people)
Additional people per vehicle $10 each

V.I.P. Dinner and Breakfast package. $35 / person. Reservations required. Limited to the first 100
Sunday Night Dinner: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

A nice Grilled New York Steak, green salad bar with fresh cucumbers, grape tomato, choice of dressings, baked potato with butter, sour cream, green onion, cheddar cheese and bacon crumbles. Vanilla ice cream with a lemon cookie for dessert. Lemonade, iced tea, and coffee.

Monday Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Buttermilk pancakes with hot syrup, sliced ham and a Denver scramble with Tillamook cheese, fresh fruit, with coffee, juice, or milk.
Served in the Club Garage on hard plates with stainless flatware.

August 20th:
Gates open at 6pm open during entire event
VIP package dinner served 7:30pm (extra per person advance purchase only)

August 21st
VIP Breakfast 7:30 am served
Eclipse viewing August 21st from 9am to 11am
Gates close 3pm

4. Sherman County Health District’s 6th Annual Wellness Walk, Aug. 26  

6th Annual Wellness Walk

Walk for Wellness

Sponsored by the Sherman County Health District

And the Sherman County Medical Clinic

8:00 A.M.

Saturday, August 26th, 2017


Registration forms with route information are available at

the Sherman County Health District Administration Office.

$5 registration fee

****First 25 to register receive t-shirt!****

Post-walk refreshments will be available at finish.

Please call Caitlin at 541-565-0536 for additional information.

5. Sherman County Fair Entries: Who, Where, When & it’s Free!

boy.farmWho can enter?  Basically anyone from age 1 and up. One must be a resident of the United States.  Some special contests are only available to Sherman Co. residents.

When do you enter?  Wednesday August 23, 2017 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Bring your items to the Sherman County Fairgrounds at 66147 Lonerock Road in Moro Oregon.

What can you enter?  Just about anything >> Baked goods, barley, beer, ceramics, chickens, a collection, crocheting, dried fruits or herbs, ducks, flowers, hay, home canning, house plants, knitting, leather craft, macramé, needlework, painting, sewing, soap, sewing, taking pictures, vegetables, wheat, wine.

What can kids enter in the “Kid’s Corner?”   Cookies, candy, cake that they baked.  A holiday decoration, a garden vegetable, a house plant, a sewing project, a collection or an object of art made from recycled materials.  Don’t forget about the coloring contest!!

More details and class info can be found in our 2017 Premium book or at our web site.

6. To Be Fully Alive

Most of us can handle physical pain, but when it comes to rejection or disapproval, it is often another story. Today, let’s talk more about handling psychological pain.

Most of us deal pretty well with the physical lumps and bumps of life. Even though we dislike them, we bear our falls, illnesses, broken bones, surgeries and the like with relative grace. However, when it comes to psychological hurts, like disapproval or rejection, we often behave like frightened children, or we seal ourselves away in isolation.

Now, on an intellectual level, we all know we can’t go through life without periodic disapproval or rejection. But the time when rejection’s sting becomes unbearable is when it joins our own self-rejection. Surely, closeness means hurt from time to time, but the hurt is less deep and less lasting when you basically affirm yourself. That is why it is so important for us to behave in ways that build our self-image and self-esteem. It is also why our relationships improve when we begin to feel better about ourselves.

To be fully alive is to be willing to risk pain and failure. To enter into a close relationship is to make one’s true self vulnerable. But, if we don’t take these risks, the alternative is loneliness and isolation, and a life half-lived.

So, if your goal is to enjoy happier, more fulfilling relationships with others, pay attention to the relationship with yourself. It is the foundation upon which we all build our relationships with others. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Frontier Digital Network Board of Directors Meeting Notice & Agenda, Aug. 18

Frontier Digital Network

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice

August 18th 2017

9:00 AM

Sherman County OSU Extension office

66365 Lone Rock rd. Moro, Or

Agenda topics include:  Call To Order & Director Roll Call; Public Input/Comment; Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda; Minutes Review and Approval; Financials Review and Approval; Review of existing contractors, contracts and duties of contractors; Update on FTN/FDN merger; AOC assistance update; Website and other Social Media and/or Public Presents needs; SUA II Motorola Service Contract Proposal; Indemnification of contractors; FTN attending AOC conference discussion; Cottonwood Tower update; Receipt of new Policies and Procedures; Policy for expense approval; Other items for the good of the order; Public Input/Comment; Next Meeting; Adjournment.

The Frontier Digital Network board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n),(D).

8. Frontier TeleNet Board of Directors Meeting Notice & Agenda, Aug. 18

Frontier TeleNet

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Notice

August 18th 2017

10:00 AM

Sherman County OSU Extension office

66365 Lone Rock rd. Moro, Or

Agenda topics include: Call To Order & Director Roll Call; Public Input/Comment; Directors’ Changes or Additions to the Agenda; Minutes Review and Approval; Financials Review and Approval; Update on FTN/FDN merger; Cottonwood Tower update; Wheeler County Wireless Project Update; AOC assistance update; Website and other Social Media and/or Public Presents needs; SUA II Motorola Service Contract Proposal; Sherman County Fiber Optic RFP for Wasco to Rufus update; Frontier 911 Burns Tribe update; Indemnification of contractors; FTN attending AOC conference discussion; Receipt of new Policies and Procedures; Policy for expense approval; Other items for the good of the order; Public Input/Comment; Next Meeting; Adjournment.

The Frontier TeleNet board reserves the right at its sole discretion to enter into Executive Session under ORS 192.660 (a), (g), (j), (n)(D).


Sherman County eNews #237


  1. Sherman County Fair: Two-Man Ranch Sorting Contests, Aug. 25

  2. Letting Go of Worry

  3. Op-Ed: A “Whodunit?” in Wheeler County

  4. Oregon Medal of Honor Highway & Cities Fact Sheet

  5. Oregon Honors Wartime Veterans with Signs on Major Highways

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

 “Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”  — John Adams

1. Sherman County Fair: Two-Man Ranch Sorting Contests, Aug. 25


Two-Man Ranch Sorting Contests

Friday, August 25 7:00 pm

Sherman County Fairgrounds


 Open: Anybody of any level.

 Pro/Novice: One open rider & one rider that has NOT won money in sorting event

 Family: spouse, child, grandchild, aunt, uncle, sibling.

 Draw pot: put your name in & we’ll draw your partner.

Entry Fee: $40 per team

4 Ride limit per class. Must change one rider per entry.

 CTPA Rules

 1 go round with top 10% to finals.

 Added Money & Prizes

Registration & Questions:

Carrie Kaseberg


2. Letting Go of Worry

What would you like to avoid in your life?  Most of us try to avoid certain things like illness and injury, poverty, stress, depression and pain, just to name a few.

Now, it makes sense to try to avoid these things as much as possible. However, some people spend an enormous amount of time worrying about how to avoid them, and worrying about how to cope with them if they do happen to occur. Well, just by spending that much time worrying, they are pretty much eliminating the possibility of feeling happy.

These folks are also raising their stress level, thereby weakening their immune system, which makes them more susceptible to the illness and pain they are trying to avoid. Depression often follows excessive worry, and if you are stressed and depressed, chances are you are not going to do your best at work, at home, or anyplace else.

You see, worry creates a self-fulfilling prophecy, because we move toward and become like what we think about. When we worry, the pictures we are creating in our minds are overwhelmingly negative. Remember, as human beings, we are picture oriented. We follow the strongest pictures in our minds. So, if we spend most of our time worrying about something, we shouldn’t be surprised when it, obligingly, shows up.

Worrying is a lot like paying for trouble, before you get the bill. You wouldn’t think of doing that with your money, would you? So, why in the world would you do it with something more precious than money – your time and your life?

For every minute you spend worrying, how could you be affirming personal success and happiness instead? ~The Pacific Institute 

3. Op-Ed: A “Whodunit?” in Wheeler County  

pencil.sharpWheeler County’s Senate Bill 5530 funding for a fiber optic telecommunication line and a mysterious amendment to the bill led to our investigation. We found no discussion or process for an amendment in Wheeler County Court records. What we found is a deliberate and calculated behind-the-scenes change of legislative intent.

For a month or two now the folks in Wheeler County wondered about the status of Senate Bill 5530.  Will we be getting fiber optic into our County?  We heard that there had been a request for a change in the wording of SB 5530, but were unable to confirm that or determine by whom, nor had we been able to obtain a copy of the bill as it had been amended.

During the Wheeler County Court meeting on August 2nd, 2017, those questions were directed to Judge Morley. His answer was that he had singularly requested the Senate Bill 5530 amendment to Rep. Greg Smith, a member of the Capital Construction Ways and Means Subcommittee. He confirmed that it had never been discussed by the county court, that there had never been a motion made or passed concerning an amendment to Senate Bill 5530, and that there is no reference to even a discussion of it in the County minutes. That subcommittee would be the first to approve the amendment after which it would be passed on to the Senate and then to the House and then to Governor Brown to sign. As of last week she had not yet done that.

Now we know “whodunit,” but we still cannot obtain paper documentation of the requested amendment that was penned, probably by Frontier TeleNet, and passed on to Rep. Greg Smith by Judge Morley.

The request for the amendment raises a question of due diligence and proper procedure in our Wheeler County Court for which the business of the County is to be conducted in open public session and then passed, or not passed, by the Wheeler County Court on the record.  That did not occur.

The Wheeler County Court is the only entity with legal authority to propose amendments to Senate Bill 5530 for a Wheeler County project.  So this illegitimate amendment cannot be signed by Governor Brown. It must be passed back to the Wheeler County Court for their public meeting action.

How in the world, for three or four County Court meetings, did it happen that County Judge Morley never felt it was important enough to put it on the Court agenda to let the citizens know what was going on?

We had to read it in The Times-Journal that the Frontier TeleNet board, on July 21, “… heard Judge Morley report that the state legislature had approved the change in Wheeler County’s plan to expand broadband in the county using the existing wireless system.”

The definition of “broadband” includes fiber optics, telephones wired and wireless, microwave communications, satellites, radio and television broadcasting, the internet and telegraph.

Then our investigations led us to the facts: in the amended version of Senate Bill 5530, the term “an underground fiber optic telecommunication line” was replaced with “a telecommunication system…”

Despite what Judge Morley says, the legislative change was intended to approve aerial fiber optic rather than underground. It will serve very few people (Frontier’s own non-competitive Rural Technology Group’s present subscribers) because it is limited to line of sight connectivity.

In summary, the legislature cannot approve microwave even with the amendment because, the legislative intent is not met with microwave technology.  Enrolled House Bill 5030 (HB 5030-A), Section 23, Paragraph 3, (2015) says it must:               1.  “CREATE JOBS”:  2017 Bond Grant Titled: State of Oregon Lottery Revenue Bonds Grant Agreement:  WHEELER COUNTY/OHSU FIBER OPTIC LINE, etc.               2.  “FURTHER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT”               3.  “FINANCE PUBLIC EDUCATION”               4.  “Or RESTORE AND PROTECT PARKS, BEACHES, WATERSHEDS AND NATIVE FISH AND WILDLIFE”                5.   “And is authorized based on the funding that construction of a fiber optic telecommunication line in Wheeler County will bring telecommuting jobs into the county and will expand future opportunities for economic development in the John Day Basin.”

Therefore let’s have at it!  It’s time to send out requests for project and bid proposals. We are a year late doing it, but better late than never.  We’ve got three years to get this thing done.   That $2 million dollars is ours. We just need to get to work and do it legally for a change!

~ Roberta Vandehey, 20481 Winlock Lane, Fossil, Oregon 97830

Ph: 541-468-2455   email:

4. Oregon Medal of Honor Highway & Cities Fact Sheet

Oregon.Flat.poleOn July 14, 2016, the nonprofit Bend Heroes Foundation requested the Oregon legislature to honor Oregon’s 26 Medal of Honor recipients with a border to border “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” on US Highway 20 and 12 cities designated as “Medal of Honor City/Community”. The honors would be accomplished by signs installed by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) along the 451 mile US 20 highway between Newport, OR and the OR/ID border near Nyssa, OR. Bend Heroes Foundation would install markers at each Medal of Honor City or Community. This project will be funded by donations to Bend Heroes Foundation.

Bend Heroes Foundation drafted and requested the legislation which became House Bill 2100 (Oregon Medal of Honor Highway) and House Concurrent Resolution 1 (Medal of Honor Community/City). Chief Sponsors of the legislation are Representative John Huffman, Senator Tim Knopp, Representative Gene Whisnant, and Representative Mike McLane. Both measures were passed by unanimous vote by the Oregon House and Senate on June 5 and May 31 respectively. Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2100 into law on June 20. The new law will become effective on October 10.

The Medal of Honor Highway and City/Community signage project honors 26 recipients connected with Oregon (home of record, residence after receiving the Medal of Honor or burial) and who received the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for military valor during combat in 8 wars in 10 countries over 108 years from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. The legislation includes honoring future Medal of Honor recipients connected with Oregon.

To earn the Medal of Honor the recipient had to act with conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during combat at the risk of his or her life while saving others. More than half of the nation’s recipients from WWI to the present lost their lives during their act of unselfish heroism.

This project compliments the “Oregon Medal of Honor Exhibit” created by the Foundation at Evergreen Air & Space Museum in McMinnville and the 5 veterans’ memorial highways signs project across Oregon also managed by Bend Heroes Foundation.

The 451 mile “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” on US Highway 20 begins at Newport, Oregon, crosses 6 counties and ends at the Oregon/Idaho border at Nyssa, Oregon (attached map). We believe the “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” and the “Medal of Honor City/Community” project is another first of a kind honor to veterans in our nation.

At 3,365 miles in length, US Highway 20 is the longest highway in our nation – begins in Newport, OR crosses 12 states and ends in Boston, MA. Fifty seven (57) percent of all 3,498 Medal of Honor awards since 1863 (154 years ago) are accredited to those 12 states. At least 12 states have created Medal of Honor highways, bridges etc. named for individual recipients. None honor all of a state’s recipients or are border to border in length. It is hoped that Oregon’s initiative will result in more Medal of Honor Highways and Cities in other states.

The 12 Medal of Honor Cities are: Agness, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Hood River, Jordan Valley, Medford, Oakridge, Portland, Richland, Salem and The Dalles. All are incorporated except Agness (Community). Attached is a list of the 26 Oregon Medal of Honor recipients, their military service, wars and cities.

At 96, WWII Army Medal of Honor recipient Mr. Robert D. “Bob” Maxwell of Bend is the “most senior” of the 71 (4 WWII and 67 post WWII) Medal of Honor recipients of all wars living in our nation today. Bob is a Director of Bend Heroes Foundation and treasured advisor for this unique project.

Prominent “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” highway signs (see below) will be funded by Bend Heroes Foundation and installed by ODOT along US 20.  Medal of Honor historic markers will also be funded by the Foundation and installed by ODOT at  selected rest areas and turnouts along US 20 displaying the 3 Medal of Honor medals (Army, Navy/Marines/Coast Guard and Air Force), criteria for receiving the Medal of Honor award, names of all 26 recipients and their wars.  A quick response (QR) code on the ADA accessible  markers will allow viewers to download more detailed information from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society web site.

The Medal of Honor City/Community marker program will be managed by the Foundation. A permanent marker at each city/community  will include the name of the city, name of the recipient, image of the recipient’s Medal of Honor medal, citation, name of war, and years of that war, dedication date and QR code for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Bend Heroes Foundation raised $70,200 to pay ODOT to fabricate and install  67 signs on 5 border to border veterans’ memorial highways on US 395 (WWI), US 97 (WWII), I-5 (Korea, Purple Heart Trail), I-84 (Vietnam) and US 101 (Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq). The Foundation initiated that project with the Legislature to honor nearly one half million Oregon veterans who served, 6,022 who died and 15,000 who were wounded during 5 major wars over the last 100 years from WWI to the present.

The Foundation has enjoyed an outstanding relationship with ODOT HQ, Regions and District staff over the last 9 years and is grateful that relationship will continue onward. We also thank the Oregon Legislature for eagerly supporting legislation we requested over the last 9 years honoring Oregon’s half million war veterans with extensive memorial highways across Oregon.

The Foundation plans to raise another $30,000 to fund the new Oregon Medal of Honor Highway and Medal of Honor City/Community project. Donations are tax deductible and can be made at or by mail: 1900 NE 3rd St., Ste 106, #205, Bend, OR 97701.

Someone must speak for these 26 “Bravest of the Brave” heroes and that high honor and privilege has fallen to all of us.  Contact: Dick Tobiason, Chairman, Bend Heroes Foundation and Project Manager:, 541.390.9932 Web site:, 1900 NE 3rd St., Ste 106 #205, Bend, OR 97701

5. Oregon Honors Wartime Veterans with Signs on Major Highways

Oregon.Flat.poleDuring the last ten years, the non-profit Bend Heroes Foundation has been successful in requesting the Oregon legislature and 3 Governors to adopt laws honoring nearly one-half million Oregon veterans who served during 5 major wars during the last 99 years beginning with WWI: WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Over 6,000 veterans from Oregon made the supreme sacrifice and another 15,000 Oregonians were wounded during those wars.

The honors to Oregon’s 480,000 wartime veterans were accomplished by 67 signs each 4 ft. x 8 ft. in size installed on 5 major border-to-border highways totaling 1,730 miles in length. Each highway is more than 300 miles long and displays 10-18 signs with half facing in each direction. The 5 highways are:

WWI Veterans Memorial Highway: US Hwy 395

WWII Veterans Historic Highway: US Hwy 97/SR 126

Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway and Purple Heart Trail: Interstate 5

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway: Interstate 84

Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Memorial Highway: US Hwy 101

The Purple Heart Trail signs on Oregon’s 308 mile long Interstate 5 connect  California’s and Washington’s Purple Heart Trails on Interstate 5 thereby creating the first Purple Heart Trail spanning our nation in any direction. Likewise the 338 mile long border-to-border Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Memorial Highway along the beautiful Oregon coast is believed to be the first of its kind in our nation.

The 67 highway signs were funded by veterans groups, Boards of County Commissions, civic organizations, a non-profit foundation and individuals. No tax payer funds were used. This project is valued at $70,200. Bend Heroes Foundation raised the funds and paid Oregon Department of Transportation to fabricate and install the signs throughout Oregon.

Bend Heroes Foundation requested the Oregon Legislature to honor the State’s 26 Medal of Honor recipients (Civil War to Vietnam) by designating all 451 miles of US Highway 20 from Newport to the Oregon/Idaho border as the “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” and designate 12 cities as “Medal of Honor City”. The honors would be accomplished by 10-14 signs on US 20 and 12 markers in the cities. These Oregon honors are another “first in the nation” tribute to the 26 men who acted above and beyond the call of duty and at risk to their own lives while saving others thus receiving our nation’s highest award for military valor during 8 wars (Civil War to Vietnam War) over 108 years.

The Oregon House of Representatives and Senate unanimously approved both bills which were signed recently. Bend Heroes Foundation will raise $25,000- $30,000 to fund the highway signs and city markers to be installed during 2017 – 2018.

At 3,365 miles in length, US Hwy 20  is the longest highway in our nation crossing 12 states between Newport, OR and Boston, MA. It is possible the other 11 states (and states not on US 20) could adopt the Oregon precedent. The 12 states account for 57% of all 3,498 Medal of Honor awards since 1863 when President Lincoln signed legislation creating the Medal of Honor award.

When the “Oregon Medal of Honor Highway” signs project is complete in 2018, there will be almost 100 highway and city signs on 6 border to border highways totaling 2,200 miles in length at a cost of almost $100,000. No tax payer funds have been or will be used. Photos of signs on each of the 5 highways are shown below and on Bend Heroes Foundation web site:

Veterans from anywhere in our nation who travel Oregon’s new veterans highways are honored by the new highway signs.

Bend Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Bend, Oregon.  All of Oregon’s Legislators, many patriotic donors and ODOT have made this 10 year project a reality. It has been a high honor and privilege leading this legacy project saluting Oregon’s veterans.

~ Dick Tobiason, Chairman, Bend Heroes Foundation

LTC US Army Retired, Vietnam Veteran (1966-1967, 1972-1973)

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