Sherman County eNews #4

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

church.family1
My favorite chapter in the Bible is Matthew 24. Jesus teaches about events that were going to happen in the near future, and things of the distant future [last days], and about his return from heaven. To me, it is exciting to read—and, from my perspective, exciting because I believe our generation is living the last of the last days described.

I love how Jesus does NOT pull punches—he is honest and straightforward as always. Jesus does NOT sugar-coat the realities of living in an evil world. However, after being straight-forward about the trials [persecutions] to come, he leaves us with HOPE—he is coming back and will defeat evil once and for all.

We have just left a tumultuous 2018 behind. And 2019 does not appear to be one that will bring peace and tranquility in America. And just because you are a Christian, certainly does NOT exclude you from the battles [worldly-religiously] and their consequences. In fact, you are becoming more of a target of evil every day. And don’t doubt, it is going to get worse.

Jesus warns, “…you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death….” [Vs. 9] ARE YOU READY? And for me, that is the main message of Matthew 24—ARE YOU READY?

Then in Vs. 10 Jesus tells us what will happen with those who are NOT ready. They “…will turn away from the faith.” But my Christian friends, you don’t have to be part of the “turning away.”

Jesus warns us, “Watch out that no one deceive you” [Vs. 4]. And how do we get to that point of not being deceived?

Know the scriptures—test the spirits [teachers, preachers, false prophets] against the scriptures—pray for wisdom—“keep watch” [Vs. 42]—“be ready” [Vs. 44].

There is a sentence that Jesus speaks that I strongly suggest you read, study, and pray over this 2019, in Matthew 24. It is verse 13.

I won’t comment on it, other than to say, study it with “keep watch” [Vs. 42]—“be ready” [Vs. 44] in view.

I will leave you with this. No matter what 2019 brings you, live it out in the ATTITUDE OF CHRIST.
Pastor jerry


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

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THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

THANK YOU to all who have allowed me to participate in their physical therapy needs over the past 20 years. I made a recent change in employment and look forward to continuing to assist you in your recovery towards optimum health at my new location. I am working at the KVH Wellness Center in Goldendale, WA. For those of you who are familiar with my former co-worker Jason Sallee, DPT, he has made the move to the Wellness Center as well. This clinic was expanded and remodeled within the past year. We have a team of 4 great therapists in the outpatient clinic. The clinic is open for appointments from 7:30am-5:00pm Mon-Fri. Contact is (509) 773-1025. Live well! ~Amanda Payne, PTA

JOYFUL NEWS!

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  

 EMPLOYMENT:

FUEL DELIVERY DRIVER. MCP is seeking applicants to join our team as a Petroleum Delivery Driver. This FT position is based in Moro. The role of the 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. Please contact Human Resources at 541-565-3737 for questions. 1/25

SERVICES: 

LOCAL HANDYMAN’S SERVICES. Handyman, General Contractor & Equipment Operator. Large and small projects, indoors or out. Please call Kevin at 541-993-4282 | KCK, Inc. | Licensed, bonded and insured. CCB #135768. References available. 3/15

SHOP LOCALLY! SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/

THE TIMES-JOURNAL! The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | Fax 541-384-2411 timesjournal1886@gmail.com  $37.50/year; $47.50 for beyond the region. 1/25

NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION:

FOR SALE:

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.  ~The Wood Butcher | Wasco, Oregon | 541-993-4282 | https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com | Facebook | 3/15 

SHERMAN COUNTY CLASSIFIEDS, FACEBOOK   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1680690712181261/

SHOP LOCALLY! SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/

 FOR RENT OR LEASE:

FREE:

WANTED:

FUEL DELIVERY DRIVER. MCP is seeking applicants to join our team as a Petroleum Delivery Driver. This FT position is based in Moro. The role of the 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. Please contact Human Resources at 541-565-3737 for questions. 1/25

LOST OR FOUND:


3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar   https://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/scsd-event-calendar.html

compass.roseJANUARY

5 Sherman County Junior Hoops Begins

5 19th Annual Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center 9-3

7 Grass Valley City Council 7

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2

8 North Central Public Health Board 3

8 Moro City Council 7

9 Gilliam County Court 10 Condon

9 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory 12:30

9 Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting 6

9 Rufus City Council 7

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

12 19th Annual Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center 9-3

12 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program 10:30 Discovery Center

15 Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Board Meeting 1

15 Wasco City Council 7

16 Sherman County Court 9

19 19th Annual Eagle Watch 9-3 The Dalles Dam Visitor Center

19 Sherman Athletic Foundation Crab & Oyster Feed 3-8 Wasco

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

21 MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

23 Tri-County Courts 10 Fossil

26 19th Annual Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center 9-3

26 22nd Annual Robert Burns Supper 2 Condon

compass3FEBRUARY

2 NW Nonprofit Leaders Annual Conference, Corvallis https://www.nonprofitsteward.org/conference/

4 Grass Valley City Council 7

5 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Rufus Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

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

12 LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

13 Rufus City Council 7

14 VALENTINE’S DAY

18 PRESIDENTS’ DAY

19 Wasco City Council 7

21 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9

22 WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY

25 SHERMAN COUNTY’S BIRTHDAY 1889-2019


 

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Sherman County eNews #3

CONTENTS

  1. Frontier Telenet board wrestles with changes, finances

  2. Sherman 5th – 8th Basketball Schedule

  3. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule

  4. Facets of Goal Setting


1. Frontier Telenet board wrestles with changes, finances

Posted here with permission of The Times-Journal:

“With financial problems looming, directors of the Frontier Telenet met Friday,

Dec. 21, at Moro to discuss a course of action. Working from a revised agenda, discussion items included website and e-mail systems, corporate governance including intergovernmental agreement and by-laws, public records request policy and process, officers appointment process, a financial review including a review of year-to date and December reports, status of the e-rate funding, future funding options, and on-going projects including the Wasco to Rufus fiber build and infrastructure system updates.

“Nearly 30 people were in the room at the Steve Burnet/OSU Extension Center at Moro. Attorney Jim Deason, by phone, explained that improvements and updates had been made to the Frontier Telenet web site, which now contains the meeting minutes from 2015 through 2018. [See https://frontiertelenet.com/minutes-and-agendas/%5D

“Information from former manager and contract employee Rob Myers and contract employee Mike Smith will be incorporated into the website. Deason went on to discuss the critical importance of records retention, including those involving the Federal Communications Commission, the Universal Services Administrative Company and the Oregon Public Utilities Commission.

“Regarding governance, the by-laws need to be revised to reflect the current participants in the ORS 190 organization, which includes Gilliam, Wheeler and Sherman counties, and excludes North Central Education Service District, which was an original partner in the entity. Updates, according to Deason, will make the bylaws and intergovernmental agreements “agree with each other.” Several changes were suggested in the review of the two documents.

“Frontier Telenet directors, which will have changed after the first of the year, will meet again near mid-January to establish who will represent each county on the board, board officers, and approve the updated by-laws and intergovernmental agreements.

“The discussion went to the finances of the organization. Requests have been made of the Sherman and Gilliam county courts for $100,000 from each to pay the entity’s December bills and carry it into the new year, while it waits for the receipt of the federal e-rate funding that is due for the past fiscal year, and, it appears from years previous as well. Frontier Telenet’s request for the funding, which is a reimbursement for providing broadband and internet services to schools and libraries, is currently in review by the Universal Service Administration Company.

“Sherman County approved the funding, but Gilliam County Court did not act on the request at its Dec. 19 court session in Arlington. The matter is on the court’s agenda for the Jan. 9 meeting of the Gilliam County Court, and likely will be discussed again at the Jan. 2 session of the Sherman County Court.

“Frontier Telenet’s e-rate request is being reviewed, according to attorney Deason, because Frontier Telenet did not follow protocols and for improperly using the e-rate funds.

“We’ve answered the questions the best we can,” Deason said over the phone. “We haven’t heard back from USAC.” Deason explained there is no course of appeal to follow until USAC responds.

“Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey stood and presented an impassioned speech about the future of Frontier Telenet and the importance the Frontier Regional 911 emergency dispatch system is to Sherman County law enforcement and emergency services.

“Your house is on fire,” Sheriff Lohrey said to the Frontier Telenet board. “Who will be in charge? There is no management,” Lohrey went on.

“Judge-elect Elizabeth Farrar reassured Sheriff Lohrey and others present that, while she couldn’t yet officially speak for the Gilliam County Court, she personally is comfortable granting $100,000 to Frontier Telenet. “There is no reason to think Gilliam County won’t support this,” Farrar said. “Gilliam County is in no way willing to leave this partnership.”

“Sherman County Commissioner Tom McCoy reiterated his statement that Frontier Telenet needs a plan “urgently,” a plan for medium and long term, for short-term financing and for staffing.

“Discussion turned to the Wasco-to-Rufus fiber build and heard that fiber would be in the ground by the end of March.

“Directors approved a bid not to exceed $32,750 for civil engineering for the Cottonwood State Park communications tower site.

“Directors approved a request to allow Sherman County to use dark fiber from the broadband project to better serve the fiber-to-the community project being constructed by GorgeNet.

“The next meeting of Frontier Telenet will be Friday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. at the courthouse in Condon.”

[Note: As of  mid-morning Thursday, January 3, 2019, eNews had not received notice of a January 4 meeting.]


2. Sherman 5th – 8th Basketball Schedule

DATE DAY OPPONENT SITE B GIRLS B BOYS A GIRLS A BOYS
Dec. 10 Mon. Horizon Christian Moro     4:00 5:00
               
Dec. 11 Tues. St. Mary’s The Dalles 4:00 5:00    
               
Dec. 13 Thurs. Arlington Moro 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
               
Dec. 17 Mon. Condon Condon 5:00 (CHS) 5:00 (CES) 4:00 (CHS) 4:00 (CES)
               
Jan. 7 Mon. St. Mary’s Moro 4:00 5:00    
               
Jan. 10 Thurs. Dufur Moro 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
               
Jan. 14 Mon. South Wasco Moro 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
               
Jan. 17 Thurs. Horizon Christian Hood River     4:00 5:00
               
Jan 22 Tues. St. Mary’s Moro 4:00 5:00    
               
Jan. 24 Thurs. Arlington Arlington 5:00 (AHS) 5:00 (AES) 4:00 (AHS) 5:00 (AES)
               
Jan. 28 Mon. Condon Moro 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00
               
Jan. 31 Thurs. Dufur Dufur 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00
               
Feb. 4 Mon. South Wasco Maupin 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00
               
Feb. 7 Thurs. South Wasco Moro 5:00 4:00 4:00 5:00

A Girls Coach:                  Kari Peters                        A Boys Coach:                 Rick Whitaker

B Girls Coach:                  Samantha Smith              B Boys Coach:                

Principal/AD:                   Mike Somnis                    Superintendent:              Wes Owens


3. Sherman High School Basketball Schedule

~Jeanie Pehlke, Confidential Secretary
Sherman County School District
541.565.3500  |  541.565.3319 (Fax)

DATE DAY OPPONENT SITE BJV GV BV
Nov. 30 Fri Sherman Invitational

Culver, Stanfield, Grant Union

Moro   6:00 7:30
Dec 1 Sat Sherman Invitational

Culver, Stanfield, Grant Union

Moro   TBA TBA
Dec 8 Sat Damascus Christian Moro 3:00   4:30
Dec 11 Tues Trinity Lutheran Moro 4:30   6:00
Dec 14 Fri Hosanna Tournament Klamath Falls   TBA TBA
Dec. 15 Sat Hosanna Tournament Klamath Falls   TBA TBA
Dec 20 Thurs Ione Ione   6:00 7:30
Dec 22 Sat Condon/Wheeler Moro   4:00 5:30
Jan. 4 Fri South Wasco Maupin   5:00 6:30
Jan. 5 Sat Dufur Moro 1:00/2:30 4:00 5:30
Jan. 8 Tues Hood River (JV) Hood River   4:00  
Jan. 8 Tues Horizon Christian Hood River 4:30   6:00
Jan 9 Wed St. Paul Portland

(Moda Center)

    1:00
Jan. 11 Fri Arlington Arlington 4:30 6:00 7:30
Jan. 12 Sat Mitchell/Spray Moro 2:30 4:00 5:30
Jan. 18 Fri Echo Echo 4:30 6:00 7:30
Jan. 19 Sat Ione Moro 12:30 (2qrts) 2:00 3:30
Jan. 25 Fri Condon/Wheeler Condon   6:00 7:30
Jan. 26 Sat Echo Moro 2:30 4:00 5:30
Jan 29 Tue Horizon Christian Moro 4:30   6:00
Feb. 1 Fri South Wasco Moro   5:00 6:30
Feb. 2 Sat Dufur Dufur 1:00/2:30 4:00 5:30
Feb. 8 Fri Arlington Moro 4:30 6:00 7:30
Feb. 9 Sat Mitchell/Spray Spray 2:30 4:00 5:30
Feb. 15 Fri District Madras   TBA TBA
Feb. 16 Sat District Madras   TBA TBA

Head Boys Coach:            Gary Lewis          Asst. Boys Coach: Bill Martin, Tim Zacharias, Ethan Moore

Head Girls Coach:           Steve Bird            Asst. Girls Coach:            Laurie Perisho

Principal/AD:                   Mike Somnis       Superintendent:               Wes Owens


4. Facets of Goal Setting

Since it’s the beginning of a new year, when we typically feel obliged to set goals, let’s take a look at the different facets of goal-setting and goal achievement.

The Internet is an amazing tool. However, we want to approach much of its content with a fair amount of skepticism – not everything claiming to be “fact” really is. It is usually opinion, based on the writer’s own bias. Take the matter of organizational goal-setting, and what one writer referred to as “the cult of positivity” in American corporations while setting big, audacious goals.

One such article posited that “the pro-goal consensus is starting to crumble,” because rigid goals may encourage employees to cut ethical corners in order to achieve these big, audacious goals. Ethical corner-cutting would seem to have more to do with the internal culture of an organization and its leadership, than the goals themselves. This ethical corner-cutting is more a hallmark of passive-aggressive cultures than the results of effective goal-setting.

This same article goes on to submit that goals may also lead to underachievement, and provides the example of New York cab drivers making less money on rainy days, because they hit their “mental target” (which would be called a “goal”) of a good day’s earnings, and head home. This isn’t really goal underachievement, but actually achievement. If it is anything, it is goal-setting up to a pre-set goal, and not through it to the next level higher goal.

We’ve all done this. It’s been a long, hard day at work, and all we want to do is get home to relax and spend a quiet evening. So, we get home, maybe even have dinner, and then do nothing much until it’s time to go to bed. We might even just sleep in the chair, if we have the energy to turn off the television!

Goals come in all shapes and sizes, and in as great a variety as there are people on the planet. It’s all about knowing where we want to go, and discovering the different paths to get us there. First things first, we need to know where we want to go, today. Then, as we close in on achieving that first step, moving the next goal further out, harnessing the energy and creativity present in us to grow even further. ~The Pacific Institute


 

Sherman County eNews #2

CONTENTS

  1. Physical Therapist Amanda Payne now at KVH Wellness Center

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Jan. 2

  3. Today: Sherman County Court & Swearing-in of Elected Officials, Jan. 2

  4. Sherman County Athletic Foundation’s Crab & Oyster Feed, Jan. 19


Appreciation, respecting, and loving other people’s differences is the essence of a brilliant human experience and potential. Different people, different beliefs, different hopes, different dreams… Brilliant in every way!  ~ Chris Lawrence


1. Physical Therapist Amanda Payne now at KVH Wellness Center

Physical therapist Amanda Payne made a recent change in employment and looks forward to continuing to assist you in your recovery towards optimum health at a new location. She and her former co-worker, Jason Sallee, are now working at the Klickitat Valley Hospital Wellness Center in Goldendale, Washington. This clinic was expanded and remodeled within the past year and offers a team of four therapists in the outpatient clinic. The clinic is open for appointments from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Contact (509) 773-1025.


2. All County Prayer Meeting, Jan. 2

The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, January 2nd @ the First Baptist Church in Grass Valley. 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. Today: Sherman County Court & Swearing-in of Elected Officials, Jan. 2

At 8:30 this morning, elected officials were sworn-in. At 1 p,m, following the County Court’s session, Joe Dabulskis will talk with constituents while refreshments are served.

Agenda topics shown online include quarterly reports by Sherman County Planning Department and OSU Extension Service, the Oregon Military Department Office of Emergency Management Performance Grant, Commissioners’ Reports, the consent agenda, an Operating Loan to Frontier TeleNet, and the following actions:

  • Appointment: Sherman County Ambulance Service – Jeremy Lanthorn, Dana Haner
  • Appointment: Sherman County Ambulance Service Area Plan Committee – Kathleen Ahearn, Renee Heidy, Bryan Cranston
  • Appointment: Sherman County Fair Board – Bryce Coelsch, Shandie Johnson, Tom Rolfe
  • Appointment: Sherman County Budget Committee – Debbie Hayden
  • Appointment: Sherman County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) – Amber DeGrange, Teri Thalhofer, Alyssa Winslow, Barbara Seater, Shawn Payne, Joe Dabulskis, Wes Owens, Wade McLeod, Katie Woodruff, Tara Koch, Angie Tennison, Tina Potter, Amy Asher, Brad Lohrey, Les Kipper
  • Appointment: Sherman County Surveyor – Daryl G. Ingebo
  • Removal: Public Transportation Committee – Henry Brown, Jeanee Kuettel, Linda Cornie

~https://www.co.sherman.or.us/sherman-county-court-draft-agendas/


4. Sherman County Athletic Foundation’s Crab & Oyster Feed, Jan. 19

Sherman County Athletic Foundation’s

Crab & Oyster Feed

Fresh Seafood from the Pacific Coast

January 19 from 3-8 p.m.

Morrow County Grain Growers 71025 Old Hwy. 97 at Wasco, Oregon

All You Can Eat – Crab, Oysters and Shrimp $36, $40 at the door

Desserts by Sherman County Scholarship Association

Sherman County Transit Shuttle from Old Wasco School to the Crab Feed

Tickets:

Morrow County Grain Growers, Wasco

Huskey’s 97 Market, Moro

Dinty’s Market West, The Dalles

MCP Goldendale Farm & Home, Goldendale

Sponsors:

Paradise Rose

C.H. Urness Motor Co.

Bank of Eastern Oregon.


 

Sherman County eNews #1

CONTENTS

  1. Sherman Junior Hoops to Begin Jan. 5, Final Reminder

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Jan. 2

  3. Sherman Athletic Foundation Crab Feed Info Requested

  4. County Court – Board of Commissioners

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


“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.” –S. Smith


  1. Sherman Junior Hoops to Begin Jan. 5, Final Reminder

sport.BXboy2Sherman Junior Hoops will begin another season of weekly youth basketball clinics beginning Saturday, January 5th at 9 am in the Sherman County Elementary School Gymnasium for children from grades K through 4. Those who are not yet signed up may do so on Saturday. There is no cost to participate.


2. All County Prayer Meeting, Jan. 2

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, January 2nd @ the First Baptist Church in Grass Valley. 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. Sherman Athletic Foundation Crab Feed Info Requested

question-markSeveral eNews subscribers inquired about the date for the crab feed! eNews will be happy to post the official details: what, where, when,  cost, parking, tickets, etc.

 


4. County Court – Board of Commissioners

~ http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/202.html

Oregon Revised Statutes 202.010 “County court” defined. As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise, the term “county court” includes board of county commissioners.

203.035 Power of county governing body or electors over matters of county concern.

(1) Subject to subsection (3) of this section, the governing body or the electors of a county may by ordinance exercise authority within the county over matters of county concern, to the fullest extent allowed by Constitutions and laws of the United States and of this state, as fully as if each particular power comprised in that general authority were specifically listed in ORS 203.030 to 203.075. [http://landru.leg.state.or.us/orcons/orconst.html for the Constitution of the State of Oregon]

(2) The power granted by this section is in addition to other grants of power to counties, shall not be construed to limit or qualify any such grant and shall be liberally construed, to the end that counties have all powers over matters of county concern that it is possible for them to have under the Constitutions and laws of the United States and of this state.

203.111 County governing body; legislative authority; quorum. Unless otherwise provided by county charter, a county court shall be the governing body and shall exercise general legislative authority over all matters of county concern and shall consist of the county judge and two county commissioners and a majority of those persons shall constitute a quorum. [1981 c.140 s.3 (enacted in lieu of 203.110)]

203.240 Organization, powers and duties of board.

(1) A board of county commissioners shall:
(a) Have the powers and duties and be otherwise subject to the laws applicable to county courts sitting for the transaction of county business.
(b) Unless provided otherwise by county charter or ordinance, consist of three county commissioners. A majority of the board is required to transact county business.

204.010 Terms of office of county officers. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the term of office of each officer mentioned in ORS 204.005 is four years.

204.020 When terms of office commence; filing certificate of election, oath and undertaking. (1) The term of office of each officer mentioned in ORS 204.005 shall commence on the first Monday of January next following election to office.

204.601 Number and appointment of deputies and other employees.

(1) The county court or board of county commissioners of each county shall fix the number of deputies and employees of county officers whose compensation is to be paid from county funds.
(2) All such deputies and employees shall be appointed by such county officer, and shall hold office during the pleasure of the appointing officer. [1953 c.306 s.9]

5.020 Juvenile court jurisdiction in certain counties. The county court of counties from which no transfer of jurisdiction is made under ORS 3.260 or 3.265 or other provisions of law shall have all juvenile court jurisdiction, authority, powers, functions and duties.


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

bird.owl.limbAg Finance: Why you need to do estate planning

CenturyLink says nationwide outage is over; it now faces FCC investigation

Oregon Cigarette Sales Have Hit an All-Time Low 

Editorial: End the Oregon political tax credit 

Person of the Year 2018? Oregon’s firefighters

Bill would make Oregon second in nation to enact .05% DUII law

The Other Oregon: A Voice for Rural Oregon

Prager U.: World War I, the War that Changed Everything


 

Sherman County eNews #333

CONTENTS

  1. New Year’s Eve at First Baptist Church, Grass Valley, Dec. 31

  2. All County Prayer Meeting, Jan. 2

  3. History and Essential Public Purpose Services Provided by Frontier TeleNet, TRICOM, Frontier Regional 9-1-1 and Frontier Digital Network

  4. E-rate: Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries

  5. E-Rate: Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), FCC

  6. Broadband: Types of High Speed Transmission Technologies

  7. Goldendale Library Schedule of Events

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


Somehow not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart’s possessing Returns to make you glad.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier


1. New Year’s Eve at First Baptist Church, Grass Valley, Dec. 31

There will be a New Year’s Eve party at First Baptist Grass Valley beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Come enjoy a movie, board games, etc. and soups and snacks. Bring a favorite game/soup/snack to share.


2. All County Prayer Meeting, Jan. 2

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, January 2nd @ the First Baptist Church in Grass Valley. 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. History and Essential Public Purpose Services Provided by Frontier TeleNet, TRICOM, Frontier Regional 9-1-1 and Frontier Digital Network

By Rob Myers who presented it to the Gilliam County Court, April 5, 2017 

“PREFACE

“From my nearly 20 years testifying in front of legislative committees, I acknowledge and fully agree that an informal, extemporaneous presentation of information is far better than simply reading it – that’s why I have never done so in Salem. However, reading it is the only practical way to avoid being inadvertently misunderstood, misinterpreted and/or misquoted, so that’s the format I’ll employ today.

“In 2001, a group of dedicated public servants and elected officials representing three counties and an education service district, in order to create a more advanced communications environment for the citizens they served, formed an entity called Frontier TeleNet. Their original primary goals – goals that have endured the test of time and a succession of capable, honest, dedicated public servants and elected officials – were to expand and enhance telecommunications services for law enforcement, emergency services, schools and public health institutions in Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties. Those essential public purposes have been demonstrably served.

“Frontier TeleNet has provided high-speed internet services for the six school districts and local government in three counties at no direct cost to the schools for over fifteen years. For a good portion of that time, such services were simply unavailable or prohibitively expensive.

“Over time, the Frontier TeleNet wide area network has been expanded, enhanced, upgraded and amplified with Federal and State Homeland Security Program and Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program grant award funds amounting to approximately $4.5 million dollars. Currently, the Frontier TeleNet network operation area encompasses seven Oregon counties and Klickitat County in Washington.

“The next entity the counties formed was TRICOM, which provided 9-1-1 and dispatch services by local employees from a call center developed and sited in Condon.  TRICOM was the only three-county Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in Oregon. TRICOM transitioned into Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Communications Agency with the addition of Jefferson County, becoming the only four county PSAP in Oregon. Like TRICOM before it, Frontier Regional 9-1-1 operates entirely on its own 9-1-1 excise tax revenues with no outside support from local government or other sources, the only PSAP in Oregon that does so.

“The TRICOM/Frontier Regional PSAP was built and developed with approximately $600,000 in federal and state competitive grant award funds, providing the substantial, sustainable and very real economic benefit of 13 local family wage jobs.

“The third entity formed was Frontier Digital Network, which owns and operates one of the five digital switches in Oregon and the first digital switch in the state to functionally utilize the P25 TDMA Phase II operating standard; necessary both to preserve a public safety standard-compliant system, and to avoid the expense of upgrading an outdated VHF system that even after updating would have still been a substandard public safety operating platform. 

“The digital switch supports a 700 MHz digital communications platform serving law enforcement and emergency services agencies in three counties; in addition to serving as an essential mission-critical regional communications hub in the event of wide area emergency incidents such as a predicted mass inflow of evacuees from a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. The digital switch is located in a secure electronically monitored, target hardened facility specifically designed and built to survive everything from earthquakes to nuclear winds.

“Today, Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties, through Frontier TeleNet and its partner entities – Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Communications Agency and Frontier Digital Network – represent the highest public communications standard achievable with the combination of federal, state and local funds secured for that specific purpose and goal. Further, these same entities form a nucleus of experienced, highly qualified service providers long and widely acknowledged as exceptional, not only for their past and potential future contributions in the region and to the state, but also because three counties have been willing to subordinate their individual interests to the higher purpose of doing the right thing the right way for everyone.

“Frontier TeleNet provides dedicated internet access and data transport services to Asher Clinics in Fossil, Spray and Mitchell; internet services to Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GHOBI) in Condon and Fossil; in partnership with Lightspeed Networks video arraignment services to the Oregon Judicial department in John Day, Fossil, Condon and Moro; in partnership with Windwave Communications data transport for Bank of Eastern Oregon in Prairie City, John Day, Fossil, Condon and Moro; and singularly backhaul cell phone services for US Cellular in Spray and Fossil, where US Cellular towers and shelters reside on Frontier TeleNet sites. These long-term services have been delivered efficiently, effectively, reliably and affordably over an extended period of time. All Asher Clinic services were made possible by system upgrades paid with $1.5 million in competitive grant awards.

“As a matter of interest – and to eliminate any confusion or speculation about any additional compensation I may or may not have received – I wrote all the successful grant applications referred to herein – I wrote them as a function of my normal contractual duties to Frontier TeleNet at no additional cost to the organizations and by extension no reduction in benefit to the citizens served or to the expanded essential public services provided thereby.

“For fifteen years Frontier TeleNet, plus its original and subsequent partners, TRICOM, Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Communications Agency and Frontier Digital Network, have together been the heart of public purpose communications in our three counties.

“I would respectfully suggest that in the interests of moving forward in a positive manner, differences could be set aside long enough to at least initiate a constructive dialogue for the purpose of determining how we might work together to identify and ultimately craft solutions that will best serve all the residents of Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties – exactly the solid and historically proven purpose of the original and subsequently combined Frontier organizations since 2001.”


4. E-rate: Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries

The FCC’s E-rate program makes telecommunications and information services more affordable for schools and libraries. With funding from the Universal Service Fund, E-rate provides discounts for telecommunications, Internet access and internal connections to eligible schools and libraries.

The ongoing proliferation of innovative digital learning technologies and the need to connect students, teachers and consumers to jobs, life-long learning and information have led to a steady rise in demand for bandwidth in schools and libraries. In recent years, the FCC refocused E-rate from legacy telecommunications services to broadband, with a goal to significantly expand Wi-Fi access. These steps to modernize the program are helping E-rate keep pace with the need for increased Internet access. (Learn more about modernization of the E-rate program.)

What benefits are available under the E-rate program?

Eligible schools and libraries may receive discounts on telecommunications, telecommunications services and Internet access, as well as internal connections, managed internal broadband services and basic maintenance of internal connections.

Discounts range from 20 to 90 percent, with higher discounts for higher poverty and rural schools and libraries. Recipients must pay some portion of the service costs.

See the list of eligible services.

How does the E-rate program work?

An eligible school or library identifies services it needs and submits a request for competitive bids to the Universal Service Administrative Company. USAC posts these requests on its website for vendors’ consideration. After reviewing its offers, the school or library selects its preferred vendor(s) and applies to USAC for approval for the desired purchases.

Next, USAC issues funding commitments to eligible applicants. When a vendor provides the selected services, either the vendor or the applicant submits requests to USAC for reimbursement of the approved discounts.

The bid request and competitive bidding processes must comply with FCC rules and state and local procurement requirements.

For more information about eligibility, see USAC’s definitions.

How are schools and libraries in my area benefiting?

To find which schools and libraries in your area benefit from E-rate, use USAC’s commitments tool.

How are requests prioritized?

Funding is allocated first to the highest poverty schools and libraries, then the next-highest poverty applicants, and so on.

How much funding is available?

In 2014, the FCC approved the Second E-rate Modernization Order, increasing the cap for the program to $3.9 billion in funding year 2015, indexed to inflation going forward.

Does the E-rate program duplicate state and local efforts?

The FCC’s plan complements the efforts of states and localities to bring advanced telecommunications and information services to schools and libraries. When the E-rate program was established in 1996, only 14 percent of the nation’s K-12 classrooms had access to the Internet.

~ https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/universal-service-program-schools-and-libraries-e-rate


5. E-rate for Schools & Libraries: Universal Service Administrative Company

The Universal Service Administrative Company is dedicated to achieving universal service. This important principle suggests that everyone in the U.S. deserves accessible, affordable, and pervasive high-speed connectivity.

Despite pervasive connectivity in most urban areas in the United States, millions of people across the country have no access to broadband services needed to work, learn, heal, and communicate. The funds we administer exist to fill these gaps in access. As an independent not-for-profit designated by the FCC, USAC administers the Universal Service Fund, almost $10 billion available annually to the companies and institutions that make universal service possible.

Universal Service Programs

With the guidance of policy created by the FCC, we collect and deliver funding through four programs focused on places where broadband and connectivity needs are critical. These programs serve people in rural, underserved, and difficult-to-reach areas.

Schools and Libraries

Rural Health Care

  • The Rural Health Care Program supports health care facilities in bringing world class medical care to rural areas through increased broadband capabilities.

Lifeline

  • The Lifeline Program helps households obtain the voice and broadband connectivity services they need to participate and function in today’s digital world.

High Cost

  • The High Cost Program provides funding to companies working to expand connectivity infrastructure in unserved or underserved areas.

6. Broadband: Types of High Speed Transmission Technologies

The term broadband commonly refers to high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access. Broadband includes several high-speed transmission technologies such as:

The broadband technology you choose will depend on a number of factors. These may include whether you are located in an urban or rural area, how broadband Internet access is packaged with other services (such as voice telephone and home entertainment), price, and availability.

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)

DSL is a wireline transmission technology that transmits data faster over traditional copper telephone lines already installed to homes and businesses. DSL-based broadband provides transmission speeds ranging from several hundred Kbps to millions of bits per second (Mbps). The availability and speed of your DSL service may depend on the distance from your home or business to the closest telephone company facility.

The following are types of DSL transmission technologies:

  • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)– Used primarily by residential customers, such as Internet surfers, who receive a lot of data but do not send much. ADSL typically provides faster speed in the downstream direction than the upstream direction. ADSL allows faster downstream data transmission over the same line used to provide voice service, without disrupting regular telephone calls on that line.
  • Symmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (SDSL)– Used typically by businesses for services such as video conferencing, which need significant bandwidth both upstream and downstream.

Faster forms of DSL typically available to businesses include:

  • High data rate Digital Subscriber Line (HDSL); and
  • Very High data rate Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL). 

Cable Modem

Cable modem service enables cable operators to provide broadband using the same coaxial cables that deliver pictures and sound to your TV set.

Most cable modems are external devices that have two connections: one to the cable wall outlet, the other to a computer. They provide transmission speeds of 1.5 Mbps or more.

Subscribers can access their cable modem service by simply turning on their computers, without dialing-up an ISP. You can still watch cable TV while using it. Transmission speeds vary depending on the type of cable modem, cable network, and traffic load. Speeds are comparable to DSL.

Fiber

  • Fiber optic technology converts electrical signals carrying data to light and sends the light through transparent glass fibers about the diameter of a human hair. Fiber transmits data at speeds far exceeding current DSL or cable modem speeds, typically by tens or even hundreds of Mbps.
  • The actual speed you experience will vary depending on a variety of factors, such as how close to your computer the service provider brings the fiber and how the service provider configures the service, including the amount of bandwidth used. The same fiber providing your broadband can also simultaneously deliver voice (VoIP) and video services, including video-on-demand.
  • Telecommunications providers sometimes offer fiber broadband in limited areas and have announced plans to expand their fiber networks and offer bundled voice, Internet access, and video services.
  • Variations of the technology run the fiber all the way to the customer’s home or business, to the curb outside, or to a location somewhere between the provider’s facilities and the customer.

 Wireless

  • Wireless broadband connects a home or business to the Internet using a radio link between the customer’s location and the service provider’s facility. Wireless broadband can be mobile or fixed.
  • Wireless technologies using longer-range directional equipment provide broadband service in remote or sparsely populated areas where DSL or cable modem service would be costly to provide. Speeds are generally comparable to DSL and cable modem. An external antenna is usually required.
  • Wireless broadband Internet access services offered over fixed networks allow consumers to access the Internet from a fixed point while stationary and often require a direct line-of-sight between the wireless transmitter and receiver. These services have been offered using both licensed spectrum and unlicensed devices. For example, thousands of small Wireless Internet Services Providers (WISPs) provide such wireless broadband at speeds of around one Mbps using unlicensed devices, often in rural areas not served by cable or wireline broadband networks.
  • Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) provide wireless broadband access over shorter distances and are often used to extend the reach of a “last-mile” wireline or fixed wireless broadband connection within a home, building, or campus environment. Wi-Fi networks use unlicensed devices and can be designed for private access within a home or business, or be used for public Internet access at “hot spots” such as restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, airports, convention centers, and city parks.
  • Mobile wireless broadband services are also becoming available from mobile telephone service providers and others. These services are generally appropriate for highly-mobile customers and require a special PC card with a built in antenna that plugs into a user’s laptop computer. Generally, they provide lower speeds, in the range of several hundred Kbps.

 Satellite

Just as satellites orbiting the earth provide necessary links for telephone and television service, they can also provide links for broadband. Satellite broadband is another form of wireless broadband, and is also useful for serving remote or sparsely populated areas.

Downstream and upstream speeds for satellite broadband depend on several factors, including the provider and service package purchased, the consumer’s line of sight to the orbiting satellite, and the weather. Typically, a consumer can expect to receive (download) at a speed of about 500 Kbps and send (upload) at a speed of about 80 Kbps. These speeds may be slower than DSL and cable modem, but they are about 10 times faster than the download speed with dial-up Internet access. Service can be disrupted in extreme weather conditions.

Broadband over Powerline (BPL)

BPL is the delivery of broadband over the existing low- and medium-voltage electric power distribution network. BPL speeds are comparable to DSL and cable modem speeds. BPL can be provided to homes using existing electrical connections and outlets. BPL is an emerging technology that is available in very limited areas. It has significant potential because power lines are installed virtually everywhere, alleviating the need to build new broadband facilities for every customer.

Updated: 

Monday, June 23, 2014

~ https://www.fcc.gov/general/types-broadband-connections


7. Goldendale Library Schedule of Events

The Simcoe Mountains Speaker Series continues with a talk on Eclipses on Wednesday, January 9 at 6:00 pm. Troy Carpenter of the Goldendale Observatory will give a presentation on the science of eclipses and answer your questions about the Observatory upgrade project.

Learn & Play continues on January 9th from 2:15 to 3:15 pm at the Goldendale Primary School cafeteria. Children ages 0-5 build vocabulary with songs, books, and movement.

Calling all fiber artists! January 11th is the deadline to submit your fiber art for the Fiber Arts & Crafts Exhibit that will be on display in the Camplan Room from January 22 to March 15. An artist reception and demonstration of fiber art techniques will be held from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 31.

The library’s Book Groups meet January 14th, the morning group at 11:00 am, and the evening group at 6:00 pm. The new year is a good time to start a good habit. So, why not consider joining a book group? You can borrow copies of the books for free, and there is no pressure to finish every book. It is a great way to meet and socialize with people, a great way to learn about new authors, stories, and genres, and a great way to rediscover the joy of reading. If you are still reading, maybe a book group IS for you! In January there are two great books being discussed, the Pulitzer prize winning novel Less, and the knock-your-socks-off memoir Educated. Even if you haven’t read them, you can come and sit in on the discussion and see if being in a book group is something you’d like to do. While you are there, you can pick up a list of the books we’ve chosen to read in 2019.

Movie Night! Enjoy a movie and popcorn after hours at the library. Each month we feature movies based on titles our book group has read or plans to read together. You don’t have to be part of a book group to attend. A group discussion will follow for anyone who wishes to stay. Open to adults 18 and older. On January 28th, we are watching The Girl on the Train, based on the novel by Paula Hawkins. Show starts at 6:00 pm.

Let’s Play Chess is on break and will resume on Mondays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on January 28th. All ages and abilities welcome to come and play chess.

For a full list of events at the Goldendale Library, visit fvrl.org, click on Events Calendar, and select Goldendale Community Library.


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

bird.talkOregon Broadband Advisory Council

Broadband in Oregon, Oregon Broadband Advisory Council Report

Brilliant Maps: Map of World War 2 Shipwrecks

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! A name, a place, a toponym

Oregon State Capitol Jigsaw Puzzle Gallery

Invasive Insect Enters Oregon On Christmas Trees, Officials Warn

A Trip on the Most Beautiful Train Ride in America Starts at Just $97


 

 

 

Sherman County eNews #332

CONTENTS

  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Jan. 2

  2. Gilliam County Court hears of Frontier Telenet financial issues

  3. As the ecosystem of news changes, will journalists adapt fast enough?

  4. Oregon State Capitol Jigsaw Puzzle Gallery

  5. Hillsdale College Free Course: Principles of Free-Market Economics

  6. Anchor Points


1. All County Prayer Meeting, Jan. 2

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday, January 2nd @ the First Baptist Church in Grass Valley. 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. Gilliam County Court hears of Frontier Telenet financial issues

~ With permission of The Times-Journal, Dec. 27, 2018, an excerpt from the article:

“Gilliam County Court hears of Frontier Telenet financial issues.

“The Gilliam County Court met at the North Gilliam R.F.P.D. Building in Arlington Wednesday last week and among other agenda items, heard Judge Steve Shaffer explain that Frontier Telenet, the three-county ORS 190 entity that has made infrastructure available for the 911 emergency dispatch system for the past 16 years, will be short of funds to pay its bills at the end of December.

“Shaffer’s assessment indicated that revenue is not covering the expenses of the entity and that federal reimbursements for making internet available to area schools is being withheld while Frontier Telenet’s request for the funds is being reviewed by Universal Services Administrative Company, the service responsible for refunding ‘e-rate funds’ back to entities which provide broadband connectivity to schools, libraries and other sectors at low cost.

“Frontier Telenet’s costs have out-paced the entity’s revenue and it needs an immediate influx of cash to pay its December bills. Judge Shaffer asked the court for $100,000, but commissioners Leslie Wetherell and Mike Weimar, struggling to understand the information being presented to them, suggested they needed more time and more information, and further discussion whether funding that may come from the county should be a loan or a grant, and what terms should be included in an agreement.

“At one point in the discussion, Judge Shaffer indicated that federal ‘e-rate’ funds that can be reimbursed to an entity that provides low-cost broadband services to schools, libraries and other public service entities, and which had been reimbursed to Frontier Telenet, had been used “illegally” to subsidize Frontier Telenet’s infrastructure and the emergency 911 service.

“County Attorney Ruben Cleaveland quickly clarified, “Not necessarily.” Cleaveland indicated that Frontier has the infrastructure for the emergency 911 service that has been providing 911 emergency dispatch services first for three counties and now for four counties, for 16 years. “You have to have the system for the 911 service,” Cleaveland explained. “Through the system, internet is provided to the schools. It wasn’t designed to subsidize 911.”

“Commissioners Leslie Wetherell and Mike Weimar, with many questions about the information that was being presented to them by Judge Shaffer, agreed that Frontier Telenet needs money soon, but no decision was made on the $100,000 request, pending more information on the situation, on Sherman County Court’s decisions on the matter, on whether the money should be approved in the form of a loan or grant, and on the development of proper money transaction agreements.

“The Frontier Telenet board met [on] Friday, Dec. 21, to further discuss the situation… …”

[Editorial note: The Sherman County Court discussed Frontier TeleNet’s financial straits at a recent meeting and agreed to consider a $100,000 loan.]


3. As the ecosystem of news changes, will journalists adapt fast enough?

newsletter2The Expanding News Desert, a report from the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media at the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism this year, found that the 11 Western states, plus Alaska and Hawaii, lost 48 dailies and 157 weeklies between 2004 and 2018. Forty-six counties in the region now lack a local newspaper. In some cases, the report notes, only “ghost papers” remain, mere shadows of their former selves. If this trend continues, observers ask, how will local journalism survive?

Continue here: https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.22/media-as-the-ecosystem-of-news-changes-will-journalists-adapt-fast-enough?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email


4. Oregon State Capitol Jigsaw Puzzle Gallery

Choose an online Oregon State Capitol jigsaw puzzle that fits your skill level. Each puzzle describes the subject, difficulty and the number of puzzle pieces. If you get stuck, you can use the “ghost” option or play with other puzzle settings to help. Challenge your friends to beat your completion time! Puzzles via Jigsaw Planet.

Here they are… https://sos.oregon.gov/blue-book/Pages/fun-games-jigsaw-capitol.aspx


5. Hillsdale College Free Course: Principles of Free-Market Economics

dollar.sign1Be an informed citizen and sharpen your understanding of the free market.

Have you ever wondered why America is the most prosperous nation in history? Do you understand the connection between freedom and free enterprise? And do you think you could explain that connection to your friends? Maybe you can, but you also probably agree that the economic principles of free enterprise aren’t well understood by all. That’s why we created this important online course on free-market economics. In it, you will learn the fundamentals of economics, the role of profit and the free market, and, importantly, how to restore economic liberty in America.

Take this free online course to deepen your understanding of the principles of free-market economics. By activating this special course you will get informed and help our country work towards markets that are more free and more prosperous. It’s absolutely free to you, and you can take the course at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home or office.

–Hillsdale Principles of Free-Market Economics https://lp.hillsdale.edu/economics-101/?fn=U2hlcnJ5&ln=S2FzZWJlcmc%3D&em=c2hlcnJ5a0Bnb3JnZS5uZXQ%3D&ci=V2FzY28%3D&st=T1I%3D&ad=NjkzODQgV2hlYXRhY3JlcyBSb2Fk&ti&c_id&zi=OTcwNjU%3D&appeal_code=MK418EM9&utm_source=housefile&utm_medium=email&utm_content=automated_course_offer&utm_campaign=econ101&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8x9XxbDsFo1IafYP4JeVLlDL7zLAH_ARRtGL3OVTBcU7xRg6PGPTiGuT-nK1bLsbB6a-5gXiHXy0akal8e6F_xd0QQaQ&_hsmi=67324699

–Hillsdale College Online Course Catalog: https://online.hillsdale.edu/dashboard/courses

–Hillsdale College: https://www.hillsdale.edu/

–Subscribe to Hillsdale’s Imprimis, no charge: https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/ 


 6. Anchor Points

When you’re feeling all at sea, or tossed about by life’s occasional stormy weather, do you maintain some safe anchor points? When everything seems to be changing around you and you’re feeling a bit out of control, is there a rock of stability you can hang on to until you get your bearings again?

We all need some stress and tension to give our lives zing and motivation, but too much at once can be a real problem. If your marriage is shaky, your son has just dropped out of school, and someone has just run into your car at the supermarket, you certainly don’t need any more changes for a while.

Keep at least some things stationary by returning to and maintaining customary activities or familiar habits. Touch base with old friends who know you well and with whom you feel completely comfortable. Find an island of calm and create some respite for yourself, so that you can return to the mainland of temporary chaos feeling rested, restored, and clearer about who you are and what you really want.

Whether it is a small summer cottage, a special fishing cove, a campground by a river or a trip to a day spa, take some time to indulge yourself during times of rapid change. It is a “guided” way to release tension, with you purposefully moving the tension out of your way – if only for a little while. It’s the break that is necessary.

It doesn’t hurt to return to your personal anchor of peace and quiet for a while, every so often. It’s a practical tactic and a good strategy for coping with change that threatens to overwhelm. ~The Pacific Institute


 

Sherman County eNews #331

CONTENTS

  1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

  2. CLASSIFIEDS

  3. CALENDAR


1. SPIRITUAL MATTERS

New Year’s Prayer by Charlotte Anselmo

Thank you Lord for giving me
The brand new year ahead
Help me live the way I should
As each new day I tread.

Give me gentle wisdom
That I might help a friend
Give me strength and courage
So a shoulder I might lend.

The year ahead is empty
Help me fill it with good things
Each new day filled with joy
And the happiness it brings.

Please give the leaders of our world
A courage born of peace
That they might lead us gently
And all the fighting cease.

Please give to all upon this earth
A heart that’s filled with love
A gentle happy way to live
With Your blessings from above.


2. CLASSIFIEDS (new or corrected)

THANK YOU & CONGRATULATORY NOTES:

THANK YOU, eNEWS SUBSCRIBERS! Your news, ads, organization and local government notices, agendas and minutes are key to this collaborative effort. We believe that informed citizens act in the best interest of our county community and your participation is very important!  ~The Editor 

APPRECIATION & RESPECT. We respect and appreciate our fellow citizens who run for public office or volunteer to fill unpaid positions for our school  and youth programs, churches, city councils, county government, non-profit organizations and farm and electric cooperatives… and who step up to help produce special events…. and those who donate to our nonprofits, school and churches. We estimate that about 291 volunteers are required! Thank you, Volunteers and Donors! Congratulations to citizens who will be sworn-in for public service! ~The Editor.

JOYFUL NEWS!

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS: 

LOST OR FOUND:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

SUPPORT FOR BRENNAH MILLER

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

EMPLOYMENT: 

FOR SALE:

SHOP LOCALLY! SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/

SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THE TIMES-JOURNAL! The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | Fax 541-384-2411 timesjournal1886@gmail.com  $37.50/year; $47.50 for beyond the region. 

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 | https://www.oldwoodnbarrels.com 12/28

FOR RENT OR LEASE:

FREE:

SERVICES:

SHOP LOCALLY! SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES https://www.co.sherman.or.us/businesses/ 

SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THE TIMES-JOURNAL! The Times-Journal – a weekly serving Wheeler, Gilliam & Sherman counties, P.O. Box 746, Condon, OR 97823 | Ph. 541-384-2421 | Fax 541-384-2411 timesjournal1886@gmail.com  $37.50/year; $47.50 for beyond the region.

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 

NEWSPAPERS

VISITOR INFORMATION:

WANTED:


3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)

Sherman County School District Calendar

https://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/scsd-event-calendar.html


DECEMBER

27-31 Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast

31 Official End of WWII 1946

time.hourglass1JANUARY

1 NEW YEAR’S DAY

1 First Day Hikes in Oregon State Parks

2 Sherman County Court 9 Courthouse

2 Sherman County Swearing-in & Public Reception 1 Courthouse in Moro

2 Gilliam County Swearing-in & Public Reception 10 Courthouse in Condon

2 Wheeler County Court 10 Fossil

2 All County Prayer Meeting First Baptist Church in Grass Valley social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

3 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting 6 Condon

3 Sherman County Fair Board 7

7 Grass Valley City Council 7

8 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11-2

8 North Central Public Health Board 3

8 Moro City Council 7

9 Gilliam County Court 10 Condon

9 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory 12:30

9 Rufus City Council 7

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

12 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Program 10:30 Discovery Center

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 Annual Eagle Watch 9-3 The Dalles Dam Visitor Center

19 Sherman Athletic Foundation Crab Feed

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

21 MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

23 Tri-County Courts 10 Fossil

26 22nd Annual Robert Burns Supper 2 Condon

pencil.spiralFEBRUARY

4 Grass Valley City Council 7

5 Moro City Council 7

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 All County Prayer Meeting Rufus Baptist Church social 6:30, prayer 7:00-8:30

7 Sherman County Fair Board 7

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

12 LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY

12 Tri-County Mental Health Board of Directors 11-2 The Dalles

12 North Central Public Health District Board of Directors 3 The Dalles

13 Sherman County Senior Center Advisory Committee 12:30

13 Rufus City Council 7

14 VALENTINE’S DAY

18 PRESIDENTS’ DAY

19 Wasco City Council 7

21 Sherman County Board of Property Tax Appeals 9

22 WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY

25 SHERMAN COUNTY’S BIRTHDAY 1889-2019