Sherman County eNews #348


  1. Sherman County Commissioner Dabulskis Sworn-in

  2. American Red Cross: Install or Check Smoke Alarms

  3. Grant Applications for Local Government Parks & Recreation Projects

  4. Oregon Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) Directory

  5. Marketplace at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles, Jan. 8

  6. Columbia River Gorge Bridal Show, Feb. 18

  7. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monthly Report

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

1. Sherman County Commissioner Dabulskis Sworn-in


L-R: County Clerk Jenine McDermid, County Judge Gary Thompson, Commissioner Joe Dabulskis and Sheriff Brad Lohrey, December 29, 2016, Sherman County Courthouse. ~ Photo contributed by Mike McArthur.

2. American Red Cross: Install or Check Smoke Alarms

fire2PORTLAND, Ore., December 30, 2016 — More lives are lost every year to home fire than to all other major disasters like floods, earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes.

Every day:
* Seven people in the U.S. die as a result of home fires.
* 36 people suffer injuries from home fires.
* The local American Red Cross helps an average of three families affected by disasters like home fires in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Resolve to take action and prevent fire-related tragedies. Homes with working smoke alarms reduce the risk of death and injury by home fire by 50%.

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

3. Grant Applications for Local Government Parks & Recreation Projects

Salem OR — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announces the opening of the 2017 Local Government Grant Program (LGGP) grant cycle for funding public parks and recreation projects.

Large, small and planning grants are available for cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, park and recreation districts, and port districts looking to fund the following types of projects: planning, development, rehabilitation, acquisition, and acquisition and development.

To help applicants navigate the process, OPRD will host a webinar workshop Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon and a live workshop in Salem Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration for workshops is required. To register and receive workshop notification, send contact information to Mark Cowan at

The Local Government Grant Program is designed to help local government agencies acquire property for park purposes and fund outdoor park and recreation areas and facilities. The grants are funded from voter-approved lottery money.

The LGGP awards more than $4 million annually to Oregon communities for outdoor recreation projects and has awarded nearly $50 million in grants since 1999.
Applications, a grant manual, application deadlines and other information are online at

4. Oregon Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP, 9-1-1) Directory

emergencydial911In December 2003, the FCC began collecting data to build a registry of public safety answering points (PSAPs). A primary PSAP is defined as a PSAP to which 9-1-1 calls are routed directly from the 9-1-1 Control Office, such as, a selective router or 9-1-1 tandem.

A PSAP is a call center responsible for answering calls to an emergency telephone number for police, firefighting, and ambulance services. Trained telephone operators are also usually responsible for dispatching these emergency services.

Oregon’s PSAP Directory – by County:

5. Marketplace at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles, Jan. 8

January 8th from 11-4 the Civic is hosting the first Marketplace of 2017! This free, family-friendly event is a showcase for local crafters. Items include clothing, wood crafts, locally made jewelry, crocheted hats and local honey. Plan to come check it out!

6. Columbia River Gorge Bridal Show, Feb. 18

weddingringsFebruary 18th the Columbia River Gorge Bridal Show returns to the Civic! Co-hosted with The Dalles Wedding Place, we’ll have over 25 exhibitors and 60 gowns. Admission will be $5.00. Hours are 11-4. Come get connected with local vendors to make sure your big day is perfect!

 7. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monthly Report 

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a monthly report on state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) data represents state Medicaid and CHIP agencies’ eligibility activity for the calendar month of October 2016. This report measures eligibility and enrollment activity for the entire Medicaid and CHIP programs in all states , reflecting activity for all populations receiving comprehensive Medicaid and CHIP benefits in all states, including states that have not yet chosen to adopt the new low-income adult group established by the Affordable Care Act.

Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP has grown by nearly 17 million individuals, comparing October 2016 to July-September 2013 (the period before the start of the first Marketplace open enrollment period in October 2013). Among the 51 states (including the District of Columbia) that reported enrollment data for September and October 2016, enrollment increased by 45,279 from September to October 2016.

Also, for the first time, the report includes separate Medicaid-only and CHIP-only enrollment figures in addition to the combined Medicaid and CHIP number.  Among the 51 states reporting October 2016 Medicaid and CHIP enrollment data, 68,858,877 individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and 5,511,011 individuals were enrolled in CHIP.

Among the 48 states reporting both total Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and child enrollment data for the current period, total enrollment is comprised of:

  • 51% Medicaid child and CHIP enrollment
  • 49% Medicaid adult enrollment  

The full report is available on at 

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

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