- Grant Awards Announced by Development League
- Sherman County Cultural Coalition Spring Grant Cycle
- Rufus Baptist Church Easter Service, March 27
- Volunteer for the Sherman County Food Bank
- Survey: Sherman County Public Transportation
- Oregon Road Construction UPDATE: Week of March 28, 2016
- Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs Appointed Poet Laureate of Oregon
- Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee Meeting, April 19
- Oregon drivers reminded to remove studded tires by March 31
- Links: Investigate ~ Search ~ Probe ~ Examine ~ Research ~ Study ~ Think
1. Grant Awards Announced by Development League
Sherman Development League (SDL) has announced the successful completion of grant awards for 2016 committing $5,650.00 to projects of benefit to Sherman County. Formed in 2000 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, SDL’s mission is to provide grants and/or loans in support of community-based programs and projects to enhance the social, cultural and educational environment of Sherman County. SDL provides fiscal sponsorship to organizations and/or unincorporated groups for projects which further its tax-exempt purposes and are of public benefit to the residents of Sherman County. A revolving loan fund has been established to provide loans to for-profit and non-profit businesses. SDL also serves as the Sherman County Cultural Coalition Board and provides related fiscal administration. Four project applications met the requirements and goals established by SDL. Included are projects proposed by the City of Moro, City of Wasco, Sherman Elementary Library and Sherman Elementary SMART program. Since 2007, the Development League has awarded seventy–four grants totaling $1,157,235.00 in support of Sherman County organizations. Applications for the next round of grant requests will be available in the fall of 2016. Requests for loans may be submitted at any time. ~ Sherman Development League Board of Directors
2. Sherman County Cultural Coalition Spring Grant Cycle
Sherman County Cultural Coalition (SCCC) spring grant applications will be available April 1, 2016. Applicants may be individuals and/or groups, need not be legally recognized non-profits and must have completed all reporting for any prior grants received. Application Deadline: April 29, 2016 Grant Funds Available: 30 Days Following Board Review Awards up to $1,500 will be granted in support of local Sherman County activities and events which promote Culture, Humanities, Heritage and the Arts in Sherman County and can meet one or more of the following goals/priorities established by the Coalition: Ø Protect and strengthen investment in existing cultural resources. Ø Engage youth in the arts, heritage and humanities. Ø Promote cultural programs that stimulate economic growth. Ø Promote publication and dissemination of cultural information related to the arts and culture within Sherman County. Mail or email requests for Grant Guidelines and Grant Application to: Sherman County Cultural Coalition P.O. Box 23 Moro, OR 97039 or firstname.lastname@example.org Questions? Contact Melva Thomas at 541-442-5488 or email@example.com
3. Rufus Baptist Church Easter Service, March 27
March 27 at 11:00 a.m.
4.Volunteer for the Sherman County Food Bank
The Sherman County Food Bank will soon be going through a change in operations. If you would like to volunteer your time to this ongoing endeavor, please contact Jill Harrison at 541-993-5513. Thank you.
5. Survey: Sherman County Public Transportation
Are you interested in improving Sherman County’s public transportation? People can make their voices heard through on-line and paper surveys conducted through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District. It’s part of the county’s Human Services / Public Transportation Plan Update for 2016-19. A coordinated transportation plan is required by state and federal transportation agencies; the plan focuses on the needs of low-income individuals, persons with disabilities, and seniors. You can take the survey by visiting www.mcedd.org . Under Quick Links on the home page, click the Public Transportation Survey link. Or, visit the Sherman County School Community Library for a copy of the paper survey. The survey begins March 28. All surveys must be returned by April 8. Thank you for your support!
6. Oregon Road Construction UPDATE: Week of March 28, 2016
For further information contact: Peter Murphy 541-388-6224
I-84: The Dalles – Fifteenmile Creek MP 83.5 – 88.5
Wildish Standard Paving Company will be replacing the concrete pavement located on Interstate 84 within the city limits of The Dalles. They will also be constructing a new bridge on I-84 over Threemile Creek. The work will take place in stages in order to minimize delays and ensure that both freeway lanes are open in each direction during peak traffic volumes.
For the week of March 28th, 2016. Traffic has been shifted into a new configuration around Exit 87. Also, additional minor traffic lane adjustments will take place throughout the project. Please use caution. The contractor will be constructing the final stage of the 3 – Mile Creek bridge. Other minor construction will occur throughout the project.
I-84 is reduced to a single lane in both the east and westbound direction. Speeds have been reduced to 50mph through the construction zone.
US 97: Moro to Madras
KERR Contractors will be replacing 29 miles of pavement on U.S. 97 between Grass Valley (MP 27.1) and Shaniko (MP 56.7). The project also includes the construction of passing lanes between MP 43.8 and MP 45.4, installation of new highway signs between Moro and Madras, and adding ADA compliant sidewalk ramps in Grass Valley.
For the week of March 28th, 2016. The Contractor will be performing some aggregate processing in King Quarry. No other work is being performed onsite. There will be no delays to motorists.
Culture. The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively; the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes and religion. ~ unattributed
7. Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs Appointed Poet Laureate of Oregon
Salem, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown has named Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs and Portland to a two-year appointment as Poet Laureate of Oregon. Woody will be Oregon’s eighth poet laureate since 1921. She succeeds Peter Sears, who has held the post since 2014. “The energy of Elizabeth Woody’s words bring to life the landscapes, creatures and people who make Oregon special,” Governor Brown said. “As Poet Laureate, she will be a great asset to our state, using vivid storytelling to help us understand who we are as a larger community.” Woody was born on the Navajo Nation reservation in Ganado, Arizona, but has made her home in Oregon for most of her life. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, she has published poetry, short fiction and essays, and also is a visual artist. “Hand Into Stone,” her first book of poetry, received a 1990 American Book Award. In 1994 she published “Luminaries of the Humble (University of Arizona Press)” and “Seven Hands, Seven Hearts (The Eighth Mountain Press).”
Woody received the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association in 1995 and was a finalist in the poetry category for the Oregon Book Awards for 1994. She is an alumna of the first Kellogg Foundation’s Fellowship through the AIO Ambassadors program, and was selected for the J.T. Stewart Fellowship from Hedgebrook. She has taught writing workshops and has lectured throughout the country. From 1994 to 1996, Woody was a professor of creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “The power of language in poetry, song, story and legacy has kept Oregon’s communities vibrant,” said Woody. “The literature of this land is the sound of multiple hearts and the breath of many listened to while forming as individuals in this world. It is an honor to be Oregon’s poet to serve our state’s communities in the next two years and reflect upon their strength.” Woody attended the IAIA and later earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities with an emphasis in English from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In 2012 she received a Master of Public Administration Degree through the Executive Leadership Institute of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She was a founding board member of Soapstone, Inc., an organization dedicated to supporting women writers. She also was a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a national organization headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. She served as a program officer for the Meyer Memorial Trust from 2012 to 2015.
Video link: Elizabeth Woody reads from “New Poets of the American West, (ed. Lowell Jaeger),” an anthology of poets from 11 western states at a Portland State University MFA program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXAU0iYUky8
8. Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee Meeting, April 19
~ Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. [emphasis added]
Salem, OR– The Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee will meet to evaluate grant applications from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 19 in Salem. The meeting will be in room 124A in the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. N.E. The committee will hear presentations on 13 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant proposals. The LWCF grants provide matching grants to state and local governments for acquiring and developing public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Since 1964, this federal grant program has awarded more than $55 million for Oregon recreational areas and facilities. The OORC is composed of nine members from throughout the state appointed by the director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. More information is at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/Pages/lwcf_committee.aspx. For information, contact LWCF Program Coordinator Michele Scalise at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-986-0708.
9. Oregon drivers reminded to remove studded tires by Thursday, March 31
—studded tire season won’t be extended
ODOT won’t extend the 2015-16 studded tire season past March 31, 2016. Studded tires are allowed in Oregon from November 1 through March 31 each year. The law allows ODOT to extend the studded tire season when necessary, but current weather forecasts do not support an extension this year.
ODOT is making this decision in cooperation with the Washington Department of Transportation, which is also announcing today it will not extend its studded tire season past March 31. (Both states have the same deadline.)
“Please don’t wait until the deadline to remove your studded tires,” said Luci Moore, ODOT Maintenance and Operations Engineer, “especially if you aren’t driving in the mountain passes between now and then.”
ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains to help minimize roadway damage caused by studded tires. A 2014 study concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year to state highways.
Other types of traction tires are available. These traction tires meet the Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions and carry an emblem on the tire sidewall of a three-peaked mountain with a snowflake in the center. Research shows these tires cause no more damage than standard all-weather radial tires, while providing better traction than studded tires on bare pavement.
Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after the deadline can be charged with a Class C traffic violation.
10. Links: Investigate ~ Search ~ Examine ~ Research ~ Study ~ Think
OHSU StudentSpeak: At Home on the Range http://www.ohsu.edu/blogs/studentspeak/2016/02/25/at-home-on-the-range/#more-8170
The Last Farmer: An American Memoir http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/661817.The_Last_Farmer
Samaritan’s Purse, International Relief http://www.samaritanspurse.org/
Resurrection Day Meditations http://patriotpost.us/pages/309
The History of Slavery http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?ParagraphID=cio
Indian Slavery in the Americas https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/origins-slavery/essays/indian-slavery-Americas
The Two-Way Breaking News from NPR [free newsletters]http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/
CPAC 2016 – Mark Levin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e2VRo5sfvg&app=desktop
Obama’s Vision of America — Brought to You From Cuba http://freedomsback.com/terence-jeffrey/obamas-vision-of-america-brought-to-you-from-cuba/
Obama embarrasses himself, US in Cuba http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/03/obama_embarrasses_himself_us_in_cuba.html
Fact Check: Syrian Refugees http://www.factcheck.org/2015/11/facts-about-the-syrian-refugees/
Commentary: The Establishment Nonsense http://freedomsback.com/charles-krauthammer/the-establishment-nonsense/
Commentary: Appeals Court issues nightmare decision for Lois Lerner and the IRS http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/03/appeals_court_issues_nightmare_decision_for_lois_lerner_and_the_irs.html
$6 million will go to restore Malheur refuge, cover other costs of standoff http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/03/repairs_to_malheur_refuge_will.html
Illegals Get a Healthy Dose of ObamaCare Subsidies http://patriotpost.us/posts/40567
Cycle Oregon http://cycleoregon.com/week-ride/