Sherman County eNews #279


  1. Sherman Photography Club with Photographer David Mack, Oct. 24

  2. Halloween Trick or Treating in Rufus

  3. Editorial. Vote for Joe Dabulskis for County Commissioner

  4. Vital rural economies take a long-term view

  5. Tapping Into Your Full Potential, Oct. 26

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

1.Sherman Photography Club with Photographer David Mack, Oct. 24

camera.35mm.blueThe Sherman County Photography Club is pleased to welcome guest presenter David Mack at the October 24 meeting.  David has traveled extensively and participated in a variety of photography workshops, including Yosemite, the High Sierra, Belize and Turkey.  Please plan to attend October 24, 7pm at the Sherman County Public/School Library and share in David’s adventures.

2. Halloween Trick or Treating in Rufus

HalloweenCatStop by the Tyee Motel in Rufus on Halloween night for refreshments and candy! Everyone is invited. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. See you there!!

3. Editorial. Vote for Joe Dabulskis for County Commissioner

voteVote for Joe Dabulskis for Sherman County Commissioner. We are pleased to endorse a team player who is ready to go to work for the people of Sherman County.

Joe says it best: “I am honest and trustworthy and will do my best for our county. I am not going to say what I think people want to hear. We have enough politics like that going around.”

Accountable and impartial, Joe is independent of special interests, and will bring transparency and a strong ethical character to this position.

Sherman County citizens have been paying scant attention to the decision-making process of the Sherman County Court.  There is a lot at stake on the downhill side of Sherman County’s Strategic Investment Program funding streams with several large projects in play.

Sherman County will be well-served by a county commissioner who

  • is eager to learn and go to work for us;
  • is a problem-solver who works well with others;
  • is known for his frugal nature, humility and integrity;
  • is interested in a wide range of subjects of concern to county government;
  • listens to and respects the opinions and ideas of others;
  • will not tolerate even the slightest perception of unethical practices;
  • will not interfere in the actions of other county governing bodies; and
  • supports limited government, one that does not use public dollars to compete with private business.

A vote for Joe Dabulskis is a vote for all of the citizens of Sherman County.

4. Vital rural economies take a long-term view

Increase the odds of success by investing in local businesses

The Ford Family Foundation

When Facebook announced last year that it was building its third data center in Prineville, adding hundreds of more jobs to the 147 it already created, the region’s vigorous efforts to attract outside business were rewarded. The incentive package offered by Crook County and Prineville exempted Facebook from taxes on its buildings, equipment and improvements for 15 years, a multi-million-dollar benefit to the company.

Incentive-based business attraction strategies like the ones employed by the Central Oregon region are a favorite economic development tool for many communities. Data centers may well be a win for some rural areas, but there are not enough to bring prosperity to all. Plus, incentives don’t always work out.

In 2002, for example, Dell opened a much-anticipated call center in Roseburg, drawn by a generous package of tax breaks and other financial incentives. Five years later, when many of the incentives ran out, the call center abruptly closed its doors, leaving 220 Douglas County residents without jobs.

“Too often winning the chase for jobs from outside corporations is nothing more than fool’s gold,” says Portland consultant Rich Bruer. “It may look like real economic development, but it is soon followed by the realization that the same thing that draws large companies to a community — lower costs and higher profits — is what sends them on their way when their business declines or better opportunities present themselves elsewhere.”

Improving the vitality of rural economies with the tools of economic development is a long-term commitment. And it is hard work. 

The strategy of business attraction is just one tool and, despite its upside, it has several potential downsides. Incentives may attract businesses whose only loyalty to the community is financial — when the incentives run out, the companies leave town.

In addition, offering incentives to outside firms to locate in a community sends a message to those who are already there that new firms are more important than they are.

Up to 80% of job growth comes from startups and existing businesses, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.  But, according to Michael H. Shuman’s book The Local Economy Solution (available through Select Books), in one study, 80% of the funds given by state economic development programs were given to nonlocal businesses. Since a majority of job creation happens in local businesses, this is not playing the odds.

There are many entrepreneurial development and business retention and growth strategies that rural communities can employ:

Engage the broader community in supporting new and existing local businesses through “Buy Local” campaigns or “Cash Mobs”: In a Cash Mob, residents gather and “mob” one business each month to make small purchases. The business enjoys a boost in its daily sales, and townspeople learn what is available in their own community. Myrtle Creek holds a Cash Mob every month.

Provide incentives to existing businesses: Many communities have provided financial incentives for property owners to upgrade store appearances through façade improvement grants through a model offered by Oregon Main Street program.

Increase your knowledge about the local business climate: There may be some fairly easy ways to change regulations that may be presenting a barrier, and educating local, regional and statewide policymakers about them is a good first step toward starting or expanding businesses in the area. 

Increase the odds of strengthening businesses in your community: Talk with existing businesses and identify the barriers to their business growth and stability. There may be skill sets needed by several employers, such as truck driving; find ways to provide the training for those skills. Perhaps they are unable to find financing for their next phase of growth; help find financial resources and organizations that work across the spectrum, from startup to global enterprise. Whatever it is, you will find that other businesses share the same or similar challenges and the community can come together to help resolve them.

Identify opportunity gaps in the business sector of your community: Perhaps your area needs a specialty retail outlet or service. By identifying gaps, there may be entrepreneurs ready to step up and supply the missing pieces.

Encourage the creativity of local people to establish new businesses: Make it known that you want your community to be a place friendly to new endeavors by local folks.

Your community’s greatest assets may already be in place. Before committing time and resources to attract outside businesses, it’s worth the time to employ strategies that make the most of what communities already have to offer.

5. Tapping Into Your Full Potential, Oct. 26

Join us at Sherman County Public/School Library on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for TAPPING INTO YOUR FULL POTENTIAL. Licensed Massage Therapist/Energy Worker, Orice Klaas along with Certified EFT (Tapping) Practitioner, Helen McConnell will share how Tapping has changed each of their lives, as well as teaching you this simple, powerful technique. You will learn EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), a simple hands-on technique based on the principles of acupressure which helps create more balance and fulfillment in your life by reducing stress, relieving physical and emotional pain, eliminating fears or phobia and much more. Refreshments will be served. For more information: 541-565-3279 or

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

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Sherman County eNews #278


  1. Classifieds

  2. Calendar

1. Classifieds (new or corrected)


Halloween.Wtich2Sherman County eNews publishes free classified ads on Fridays, deadline Wednesday at 5. Please submit ads by using the Submit News page. Include who, what, where, when, how, why… and, the final Friday date for posting your ad (shown by the date at the end of the ad, for example 10/18), contact information; under 50 words if possible, and limited to Sherman County. Links are welcome. Friday Classifieds are a great place for thank you, commendation and congratulatory notes.



SPECIAL OLYMPICS. Special Olympics Oregon Fundraiser at The Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, on Thursday, November 10, at 6 p.m.; $45.00 – 47 TICKETS LEFT. Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint Nite® invites you to create your own unique piece of art, guided by a professional artist and party host. You’ll spend two hours painting, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and we’ll provide all the supplies, so you don’t have to worry about a thing (except having a great time!). Special Olympics is a year-round sports program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympic athletes gain opportunities to increase social skills and demonstrate courage, experience joy and develop physical fitness. Paint Nite is our fundraising opportunity to purchase needed uniforms. The event begins promptly at the start time listed above, please join us beofre hand for no host dinner and drinks beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please allow extra time to find parking and get settled. If you’re coming with a group, make sure you arrive early to get seats together. We look forward to seeing you there! 11/4


EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT. North Central ESD has an opening at the Sherman Preschool in Moro for a part-time, temporary educational assistant to work with students three mornings a week, $9.50/hour. The successful candidate must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent. A criminal background check is required. Prior experience working with preschool children and/or children with disabilities preferred.
The successful candidate needs to:
• Enjoy working with children
• Work as a team
• Follow instructions and implement specific strategies
• Complete necessary paperwork
Please mail a current resume and letter of interest to North Central ESD Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education PO Box 637, Condon, OR 97823. It may also be emailed to For further information, please contact Angela Thompson at 541-238-6988. Position will remain open until filled. North Central ESD is an equal opportunity employer.

IMMEDIATE ASSISTANT PROVIDER position open at Little Wheats Day Care, Moro, OR. Flexible, part time hours 20-25 hours/week. Starting at $9.50/hr.  For more information, requirements and application please call 541-565-3152, or stop by 409 Dewey Street between 7:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. M-TH to pick up an application.  OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS SPECIALIST. The Tri-County Community Corrections Office has an opening for a part-time Community Corrections Specialist / Community Service Coordinator in Moro, OR. Minimum requirements are as follows:
• Must be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen
• Must possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License or immediate ability to obtain one
• Must have a driving record free of any convictions that may indicate an inability to operate a public vehicle safely
• Must have no criminal record and be able to pass a background investigation
• A minimal requirement of a high school diploma, preferably supplemented by college or business school training and two years responsible office experience, or any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training.
• Must be skilled in use of current computer and software technology, telephone, copy and fax machine, computers and other general office machines. Must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
• Must be willing to travel as required to attend state trainings and meetings
• Must acquire and maintain LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System) certification
• Must acquire and maintain an Oregon Notary Public certification
• Will be required to transport and monitor community service workers within Sherman County when needed as part of the Community Service Coordinator responsibilities/duties.

The beginning salary for this position will be $18.75 per hour, 16-20 hours per week, with possible advancements after a probationary period and performance review. An application, a complete job description and list of minimum requirements may be acquired by contacting Tina Potter at 541-565-0520 x2. No applications will be accepted after 5 P.M. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The statements contained in this announcement reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job. They should not be considered an all-inclusive list of work requirements or qualifications. Tri-County Community Corrections is an equal opportunity employer. 10/21

COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE, STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM. Non-Profit Organization Looking for Community Area Representatives to Join our International Team. ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community.  ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.  Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure. Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community.  Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to International understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE’s Area Representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible! For more information about ASSE or becoming an Area Representative, please call our Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or email us at We look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Area Representatives nationwide – striving towards a world of understanding, one child at a time!   12/30


GOOSE PIT PUB STEAK, CHICKEN STRIPS, WASCO WHOPPERS. These and more at the Lean-To Café in Wasco. Breakfast until 11 a.m.  541-442-5709 


Stop by Second Hand Made in Wasco to see what’s new!  We are now serving a lunch special from 11:30 to 1:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, so stop by and see what’s on the menu for the day!  We will be serving a sandwich option or two if you are not liking the daily special. Also, it is not too early to start thinking about that holiday shopping! We have several local crafters’ treasures for sale, including Pemberton Street Chocolates, jewelry by Cindy Thomas, soaps and potions by Jessica Wheeler as well as a couple more local vendors.  Stay tuned for details of our “Holiday Open House” on Small Business Saturday, November 29th. We will be drawing the winning ticket for the special edition Crater Lake Pendleton Blanket that afternoon.  For every $5 purchase you get a ticket to enter in the drawing. Fun events to check out include a monthly “Kick Back and Craft Night,” and a monthly themed Bingo Night.  This month’s theme: Spooktacular Bingo!  Check the calendar for upcoming crafts and bingo nights. 10/21

THE OLD OSKALOOSA/JUST-US INN. The Just Us-Inn is being run as an Airbnb and a boarding house. It has retained full occupancy since 2013. There is a 1 bedroom suite, with bathroom, and an additional 2 two bedroom suites. There is a large unfinished third floor space. On the property there are: two RV hook-up spaces, a community garden, a rental manufactured home. This property features room for development with sewer and electric ready to hook up. This property features four commercial lots. The owner is willing to carry contract, with substantial down payment, at an attractive rate. Hotel is three stories. The first floor has approx. 1500 square ft., large living room, kitchen, dining area, laundry area, and 1.5 baths. The Just-Us Inn is completely furnished with antiques and collectibles. The second floor has 5 guest rooms, storage room, studio apartment, 2.5 baths and also completely furnished and beautifully decorated. The 3rd floor is unfinished but plumbed and wired. A historic property, (The Old Oskaloosa Hotel), Just-Us Inn is located in Sherman County, Oregon, at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; a land where time stand still. Sherman County is bordered to the north by the mighty Columbia River, world renowned for salmon & sturgeon fishing; to the east by the John Day River with exceptional steelhead & warm water bass fishing; and to the west by the Deschutes River, most of which is designated as Federal Wild, Scenic River, and State Scenic Waterway. People are drawn to the area to fly fish on world class rivers, white water rafting, windsurfing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, all while enjoying the natural beauty that has become synonymous with the region. For sale by owner. Please call Debbie 503-515-7374.   10/21

MLS# 16225949
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140.

4900+SQ FT Commercial Concrete Building
150’X200′ 30,000 SQ FT Lot
Large open areas and 5 separate rooms with exterior entries
Unlimited possibilities. Off exit 109 of I-84. Rare Commercial Building in Rufus.  12/16

1013 Clark St, Wasco Oregon
MLS# 16360875
Contact Dan Pehlke for additional information 503-547-9140.

670 +SQ FT Commercial Building
4800 SQ FT Lot
Rare Commercial building for sale in Wasco. Two individual office units with separate entries. New paint and flooring. Clean sharp building. Unlimited possibilities abound for this commercial property with fantastic street appeal.  12/16

HOME. 3 BR/ 2 BA $80,000. Why Rent? Your mortgage payment may be less than rent in this tidy, well kept mfg home located at 101 Sixth Street in Moro, OR . Master Suite has walk in closet; Nice deck and beautiful yard. Covered parking and a good size shed for your tools and toys. Come Home to Moro, excellent schools, friendly neighbors and a great community. Please call Ruby Mason- 541-980-9104- with questions or for a personal tour. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY. Windermere GTRE- 541-386-3444.  10/21

DOING BUSINESS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. Sherman County Agri-Business Directory. 0/0

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

BULLDOG DINER, RUFUS, OREGON. Just a remimder that beginning on Tuesday, November 1st we will be open Thursdays through Mondays 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 10/28

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESSES’ FREE MOBILE APP.  Sherman County businesses can now be found with your mobile phone! The John Day River Territory, a regional tourism marketing group representing Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler and Grant counties, has developed a mobile app through MyChamberApp that lists businesses and helps you map your way to them (information is listed under John Day River Territory in Oregon). To download this free App see  0/0

SHERMAN COUNTY AGRI-BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez  0/0



BARN CATS. Free! – Call Gladys at 541-565-0598.  11/25 






2. Calendar (new or corrected)


1-30 Gilliam County Historical Society Wednesdays through Sundays 1-5 p.m.

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Patti Moore’s Fiber Arts

21 Sherman Booster Club Homecoming BBQ at the Track 6 to 8:30

22 Wasco County Historical Society Meeting & Program 12 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

24 Photography Club with Photographer David Mack 7 Sherman Public/School Library

24 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board 11-1 The Dalles

26 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board 1-3 The Dalles

26 Tapping into Your Full Potential with Orice Klaas 6 Sherman Public/School Library

27 Tri-County Court Meeting 10 OSU Extension Office, Burnet Building

27 Regional Economic Development Strategy Meeting 8:30-11 Stevenson, WA

28 Bingo Spooktabular 7 Second Hand Made

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment November-April







2 Sherman County Court 9

2 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Moro Presbyterian Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  6:30-8:30 PM Prayer Meeting

3 North Central Education Service District Board Meeting 6 Condon

4 Program: Geologic Wonders of National Parks 6 dinner, 7 program Discovery Center

6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

6 Sherman County Historical Society Fall Program 2 Grass Valley Pavilion 1:30

6 Liberty Gospel Quartet, Harvest Dinner 5 Grass Valley Baptist Church


8 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board 8:30 a.m.

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

9 Kick Back and Craft Night 5:30 Second Hand Made, Wasco

10 Italian Dinner to Benefit Sherman Jr./Sr. High Band Trips 6 Cafeteria


11 Veterans Appreciation Dinner 4:30-6:30 Sherman Community & Senior Center

14-17 Association of Oregon Counties Conference, Eugene

18 Bingo Night 7 Second Hand Made

19 Artists Marketing Workshop 1-4 Call 541-387-8877

19 Max Nogle Dinner/Dance Celebrating the 100 year birthday of the Grass Valley Pavilion

21 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1-3 The Dalles




2 Mid-Columbia Health Foundation Festival of the Trees 6 Civic Auditorium

3  Sherman County Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

3  Sherman County Bazaar & Christmas Tree Sale

5 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Board Meeting 10-2 The Dalles

5 Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit in Portland

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 1941

7 Sherman County Court 9

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Methodist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship 6:30-8:30 PM Prayer Meeting

13 Sherman Soil & Water Conservation District Board Meeting

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

13-14 Washington State University Extension Wheat Academy

14 Sherman County Senior & Community Center Advisory Group 12:30 Senior Center

14-16 Oregon Leadership Summit, Portland

21 First Day of Winter

21 Sherman County Court 9

22-30 Sherman School District Christmas Break

24 Christmas Eve


31 New Year’s Eve


Sherman County eNews #277


  1. Sherman County Court Approved October 5 Minutes Online

  2. Sherman Booster Club Homecoming BBQ at the Track, Oct. 21

  3. “Not So Hot” Stretch/Kettle Bell Workout, Mondays & Thursdays

  4. School Field Trip Grant Program – Oregon Archaeology Society

  5. Learning how to ask for a fair share for rural

  6. CDC Recommends Only Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents

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

1. Sherman County Court Approved October 5 Minutes Online

ShermanCoLogoApproved minutes for the October 5 Sherman County Court session are now available on the county website at A draft agenda for the November 2 court session is also available.

~ Lauren Hernandez, Administrative Assistant (541)-565-3416

2. Sherman Booster Club Homecoming BBQ at the Track, Oct. 21


Booster Club Homecoming BBQ!!!!

Friday, October 21 6pm-8:30pm

On North end of the Sherman High Track

Hamburger/Chips/Drink for $5

Come support our students!

3. “Not So Hot” Stretch/Kettle Bell Workout, Mondays & Thursdays

“Not So Hot” Stretch/Kettle Bell Workout

(80-85 degrees)

Mondays and Now Thursdays too!

5pm – 6:30pm

Wasco Annex – Room By Gym

$20 Per Month

Everyone Welcome!

 4. School Field Trip Grant Program – Oregon Archaeology Society

Sheep.Petroglyph-SheepThe Oregon Archaeological Society (OAS) is pleased to announce its 2017 School Field Trips Grant Program. The program is designed to help expose public school students (grades 3-12) to archaeologically or historically important locations, resources, or experiences in the Pacific Northwest or to special archaeology-themed exhibits in the region.

Last year OAS grants helped over 250 students from Portland, Eugene and Hillsboro visit locations such as the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Columbia Hills State Park, the Lelooska Foundation Living History Program, and the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

OAS provides field trip grants, scholarships, and other support to increase public awareness, knowledge and interest in the archaeological resources and the cultures that surround us here in the Pacific Northwest. Field Trip grant applications are due by December 1, 2016.

Interested parties can learn more about the program and download the grant application form at the OAS website ( OAS has also set up a special email address (<>) for questions.

Teachers will find a great webpage full of ideas for possible trips at Teachers are also encouraged to submit their own ideas for field trips.

 5. Book Review: Community Building: What Makes it Work?

question-markWhat leads to success?

Authors identify keys that help build community efficiently and effectively

The Ford Family Foundation

Community building is a complex process with a lot of moving parts. It helps to know what has worked. Many people start by doing extensive research into what has worked in similar towns, but doing the research that identifies these successful strategies can be a daunting task.

Fortunately, it’s not a task you need to take on. In the eminently readable Community Building: What Makes It Work, Paul Mattessich and Barbara Monsey have done the research for readers, identifying 28 “keys” that help build community efficiently and effectively. “The thousands of hours of preparation required for this book … is the nitty-gritty homework that all of us who are interested in community building rarely have the time to do,” write the authors.

In their search for critical factors, Mattessich and Monsey kept two questions in mind: What leads to successful community building, and what distinguishes efforts that succeed from those that fail? The answers to those questions led to the identification of the 28 factors, which are divided into three categories: characteristics of the community, characteristics of the community building process, and characteristics of community building organizers.

For example, a community characteristic identified as essential to success is the community awareness of an issue. Successful efforts more likely occur in communities where residents recognize the need for some type of action, the authors say. “A community building effort must address an issue that is important enough to warrant attention, and which affects enough residents of a community to spark self-interest in participation.”

Product and process

A success factor in the community building process is focusing on product and process at the same time. “Initiatives are more likely to succeed when efforts to build relationships (the process focus) include tangible events and accomplishments (the product focus),” the authors write.

And in the third category, characteristics of successful organizers, understanding of community is essential. “Successful community building efforts more likely occur when organized by individuals who convey a sincere commitment for the community’s well-being,” say the authors.

Community Building also devotes a chapter to instruction on how to use the information in the book. Its appendices are meaty, with one offering comprehensive definitions of terms such as “community,” “capacity building,” and “community competence.” Another provides questions for each community building success factor that enables organizers to assess the work they are doing. For example, in the community awareness factor, organizers are encouraged to ask questions such as: Are the objectives for our community building project based on the immediate concerns of the neighborhood? Can we broaden them later into a more comprehensive effort? Do community members understand and are they aware of how the issues affect them?

This book is available for free to residents of Oregon and Siskiyou County, California, through Select Books.

6. Learning how to ask for a fair share for rural

Training provides skills needed to write proposals for federal grants.

The Ford Family Foundation

When it comes to securing their share of federal grant dollars, rural communities are lagging far behind their urban counterparts.

Consider this: In the most recent federal fiscal year, the federal government awarded $3.2 billion in competitive grant awards within Oregon. Of those funds, just 3.7% were to recipients in Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes nearly all communities east of the Cascades as well as some rural towns in southern Oregon. While that was a slight improvement from the 2.4% awarded in fiscal year 2010, the actual dollar value decreased by $6.5 million or 5 percent.

“Rural Oregon is still lagging far behind urban Oregon in securing its fair share, on a per capita basis, of competitive federal grant dollars,” says Kathy Ingram, a nationally certified grant professional and coach based in the Coos Bay area.

Federal grant proposals are notoriously difficult to successfully complete, and rural areas often do not have access to qualified grant writing professionals. In an effort to level the playing field, the Ford Institute sponsored a federal grant writers training program from 2011 to 2014. Under Ingram’s direction, two rural cohorts received comprehensive training in federal grant development. Six of the nine participants went through a rigorous process that certified them as Grant Professionals by the Grant Professional Certification Institute.

“By building the capacity of persons in rural communities to craft federal funding proposals, more dollars can be brought into these communities,” says Timothy Hoone, a member of the second cohort and a graduate of the Ford Institute Leadership Program.

Since he finished training in 2014, Hoone, a resident of Crescent City, California, has helped develop more than a dozen successful grant applications totaling more than $5 million in funding. Grants ranged from a $400,000, four-year, USDA-funded project to expand community gardens and improve local food access in Del Norte County, California, to a $350,000, two-year program providing transitional housing in Del Norte County and Curry County, Oregon. The program provides transitional housing for people affected by domestic violence.

Hoone has joined fellow student Lyn Craig of Joseph to offer grant-related services through consulting group NorthxNorthwest.  “I learned immediately that federal grant applications are completely different than those of foundations and require a singular skill set,” Craig says.  “I also learned it’s much more exciting to bring in $500,000 than $50,000.”

Training program participant Elaine Eisenbraun of Long Creek, Oregon, says, “The joy of this work flows from helping people to create a project design that is effective and functional, including a clearly understood budget to assure a project that hits a home run for the mission of the organization.”

Not ‘federal dependency’

Ingram says there is a sufficient knowledge base and available technical assistance to assist rural communities in securing competitive federal grant resources. But in order to win those dollars, she says Oregon’s rural communities need to be willing to risk scarce resources in the costs of grant development, knowing that not all grant proposals will be successful.

Rural communities also, she says, “need to come to terms with the fact that, in accepting federal grant assistance, one is not substituting fierce rural independence for federal dependency.”

Finally, she says communities need to become much more savvy about the wide diversity of federal grant programs and the availability of federal grant resources.

Much work still needs to be done in rural communities. “The greatest remaining barrier is not the lack of federal grant development acumen,” Ingram says, “but the unwillingness of rural communities to allocate scarce resources to federal grant development, take risk, and/or participate in federalism.”

7. CDC Recommends Only Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents

CDC today recommended that 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infection.

“Safe, effective, and long-lasting protection against HPV cancers with two visits instead of three means more Americans will be protected from cancer,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “This recommendation will make it simpler for parents to get their children protected in time.”

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted today to recommend a 2-dose HPV vaccine schedule for young adolescents. ACIP is a panel of experts that advises the CDC on vaccine recommendations in the United States. CDC Director Frieden approved the committee’s recommendations shortly after the vote.  ACIP recommendations approved by the CDC Director become agency guidelines on the date published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

CDC and ACIP made this recommendation after a thorough review of studies over several meetings. CDC and ACIP reviewed data from clinical trials showing two doses of HPV vaccine in younger adolescents (aged 9-14 years) produced an immune response similar or higher than the response in young adults (aged 16-26 years) who received three doses.

Generally, preteens receive HPV vaccine at the same time as whooping cough and meningitis vaccines. Two doses of HPV vaccine given at least six months apart at ages 11 and 12 years will provide safe, effective, and long-lasting protection against HPV cancers. Adolescents ages 13-14 are also able to receive HPV vaccination on the new 2-dose schedule.

CDC will provide guidance to parents, healthcare professionals, and insurers on the change in recommendation. On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved adding a 2-dose schedule for 9-valent HPV vaccine (Gardasil® 9) for adolescents ages 9 through 14 years. CDC encourages clinicians to begin implementing the 2-dose schedule in their practice to protect their preteen patients from HPV cancers.

ACIP, CDC, FDA and partners monitor vaccines in use in the U.S. year-round. These updated recommendations are an example of using the latest available evidence to provide the best possible protection against serious diseases.

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

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