Sherman County recently won the National Association of Counties’ Innovation Award and the Oregon Connections Technology Award for its Wireless Internet Network Development (WIND), a fiber optic project intended to dramatically increase available Internet speed within the county! (A fiber optic line now runs from Grass Valley to Wasco, with a Wasco-to-Rufus line expected summer 2018.)
WIND works with Frontier TeleNet to lease out Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) to high-demand residents, businesses, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties. Call (541) 306-1202 for rates and availability; visit FrontierTeleNet.com, when available, for details on DIA and Fixed Wireless coverage.
Gorge Net — Phone and broadband/ethernet service in 15 Columbia Gorge communities, including Rufus and Biggs in Sherman County. Call (888) 508-2363. (Gorge Net home prices, business prices)
Rural Technology Group (RTG) — “Fixed Wireless” service to residents and businesses via the Frontier TeleNet fiber optic backbone. Services include farm and ranch wifi systems and solar off-grid connections and relays. Call (877) 656-3532 or submit a contact form. (RTG rates)
Sherman County offers three separate ways to receive rental housing incentives:
Rental Housing Development Grant – This grants offers a $10,000-per-unit incentive to people who build new rental units for others in Sherman County to rent. Fill out the Rental Housing Development Application and return to Mid Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), 515 East 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR 97068; or contact Marla Harvey: (541) 296-2266, email: email@example.com.
Housing Rehabilitation Grant – This grant offers 20% of projects costs up to $20,000 for the rehabilitation on existing non-owner occupied homes in Sherman County. Fill out the Housing Rehabilitation Application and return to Mid Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), 515 East 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR 97068; or contact Marla Harvey: (541) 296-2266, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, you would still qualify for Sherman County’s residency incentive as a renter. You must have lived in the county for one year and be 18 years or older. For further details, see our “Residency Checklist” page.
Every household that moves to Sherman County and stays for a year is eligible for the county’s annual Resident Incentive Program; this program offers cash payments of around $600 per year. Anyone opening a non-retail business in the county’s Enterprise Zone is also eligible for a property tax credit of up to five years’ taxes. And contractors looking to build Rental Housing can receive financing and a $5,000 cash incentive to help with building costs.
Sign up for the Ever Bridge alert system at https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736724035#/login to receive alerts whenever a public emergency happens. Messages can be sent to individuals using a variety of contact mechanisms, including cell phones, landlines, emails, and text messaging in minutes. Citizens listed in the 9-1-1 database (phone books) are automatically subscribed by landline. However, we strongly encourage everyone to “opt in” and self-register to ensure you receive the notifications you want.
Challenge yourself to world-class windsurfing on the Columbia, bass fishing on the John Day River, whitewater rafting on the Deschutes, and upland game hunting in our wide-open spaces! Listen to the sound of rushing waters, the rustling of ripe winter wheat, the squeal of 4-H project pigs at the Sherman County Fair, and cheering fans at school events! Round up some history at the Courthouse and the Museum! Check out our schools, shops, and services! We’re definitely open for business! Let’s talk! Explore your recreation options now.
There are at least three child care centers in Sherman County. In Moro there’s Sherman County Preschool, (541) 565-3320, and Little Wheats, (541) 565-3152. In Wasco, there’s ABC Huskies Child Care (run by the Sherman County Child Care Foundation), (541) 442-5024.
After a year of residency, those who move to (or remain in) Sherman County are eligible for payments through the Sherman County Resident Incentive Program, established in 2009. The current payment is $590 per household per year and must be applied for each year.