Sherman County eNews #27


  1. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Feb. 6

  2. Oregon Ag in the Classroom Calendar Art Contest

  3. Primary Election: Current Candidates for Sherman County Judge

  4. Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

  5. Walden Sets the Record Straight on Community Health Center Funding

  6. Several Oregon Heritage Grants Now Open for Application

  7. How Facebook Algorithm Changes Affect Your Nonprofit’s Page

  8. Definition of Algorithm

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

Love is a great thing, a great good in every wise; it alone maketh light every heavy thing and beareth evenly every uneven thing. ~ Thomas A Kempis.

 1. Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors Meeting, Feb. 6

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on February 6th, 2018 – 2 p.m. at the WSEC, 903 Barnett Street. The public is welcome to attend!
–Melissa Kirkpatrick

2. Oregon Ag in the Classroom Calendar Art Contest

art.toolsEncourage students to enter our annual Calendar Art Contest for the chance to win $50 and have their artwork published in our 2018-2019 school-year calendar! Contest is open to all Oregon students in grades K-6. Artwork must represent Oregon agriculture! Learn more:

3. Primary Election: Current Candidates for Sherman County Judge

As of February 3, 2018, the Secretary of State’s website shows two primary election candidates for Sherman County Judge, a non-partisan position. Larry Hoctor filed for office on 20 September 2017. The search site indicates that Mike Smith filed on 25 October 2017, although this was not shown on this site until January or February, 2018.

On 17 January 2018, Elizabeth A. Farrar filed to run for Gilliam County Judge.

Search by year, primary election, position (county judge) and county:

 4. Capital Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Oregon.Flat.pole~Created: 01 February 2018 | Written by Oregon Capital Insider

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week’s big, and small, Oregon political stories.

  • 1: Years state auditors spent on a comprehensive review of Oregon’s foster care system, released Wednesday.
  • 7,600:Number of Oregon kids in foster care on any given day.
  • 600:Approximate number of patients at the Oregon State Hospital, which has a new director as of this week.
  • 1562: Number assigned to a Senate Bill introduced by Sen. Kathleen Taylor, D-Portland, to make strangulation of a family or household member a felony.
  • 9:Oregon school districts with majority-minority student populations, according to the Eugene Weekly.
  • 43:Percentage of Oregonians born in Oregon, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.
  • 57: Percentage of Oregonians born in a different state.
  • 15: Number of coordinated care organizations — regional networks of providers that serve Medicaid patients — with the closure of FamilyCare, a Portland area CCO, this week.
  • 520: Licensed marijuana retailers in Oregon, according to Marijuana Business Daily.
  • 906:Licensed marijuana producers in Oregon.

5. Walden Sets the Record Straight on Community Health Center Funding

American flag2Following the longest and most generous extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in its 20-year history, partisan Democrats are once again casting blame. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) took to Morning Consult to set the record straight.

“The latest attack? Republicans cruelly cutting funding for community health centers. This couldn’t be further from the truth,” wrote Walden.

In Walden’s district alone, there are 12 federally-qualified health center organizations, with 63 delivery sites serving over 240,000 patients. Walden recently visited Valley Family Health Care, a community health center in Ontario, to discuss the importance of providing community health centers with long-term funding to continue serving Oregonians.

The House acted on November 3, 2017, passing Walden’s CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, providing a two-year extension of community health center funding, in addition to funding for other public health priorities.

“To put it plainly, Republicans support community health centers and are continuing to work to fund the program for the long term. I know the ongoing debates have not been easy on the workers at these facilities and the families that rely on them for vital medical care, and I share their frustrations,” concluded Walden. “It is our goal to provide certainty to the millions of people who rely on community health centers as soon as possible, and we hope our Democratic colleagues will finally join us in doing so.”

6. Several Oregon Heritage Grants Now Open for Application

Oregon.Flat.poleThe following grants are now open for applications:

–          The Preserving Oregon Grants fund preservation of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, foundation projects, and plumbing and electrical needs. Recently funded projects include preservation of the IOOF cabins at Paulina Lake, the Floed-Lane House in Roseburg, and Gaiety Hollow in Salem. The program also funds significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and interpreting archaeological sites. Archaeology projects were funded in Douglas and Lincoln Counties and along the coast.

–          The Diamonds in the Rough Grants help restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. These grant return buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation (local or national). Façade projects in Astoria, Baker City, Burns and Cave Junction were funded in the last cycle.

–          The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants <> fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management, and more. Awards typically range between $1,000 and $8,000, but have been higher.

–          The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections, heritage tourism, and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000. Museums may apply for a variety of projects, including of the following examples. Collections projects may include cataloging, archival storage, disaster preparedness and conservation. Heritage tourism projects may include museum marketing and promotions, enhancing visitor experience, and training for museum staff. Education and interpretation projects may include exhibits, online education, school classes, workshops and camps. Museums may also partner with other organizations for projects that might be outside the museum, but still meet the museum’s mission.

Staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects, review applications and assist with the online grant system. Free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be available. Workshops will be in Salem on March 8 and 13. Webinar workshops will be available on March 15 and 22.

To learn more about the grants and workshops visit<> or contact Kuri Gill at<> or 503-986-0685.

7. How Facebook Algorithm Changes Affect Your Nonprofit’s Page

Techsoup briefly discusses Facebook’s new algorithm changes that affects how many people your Facebook posts reach. It also offers some good practical advice on how to respond to these changes so that your followers don’t miss your posts in their News Feed. Read the article here <>.

8. Definition of algorithm

Algorithm : a procedure for solving a mathematical problem (as of finding the greatest common divisor) in a finite number of steps that frequently involves repetition of an operation; broadly : a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a computer. –

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

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Remarkable change of lineup as Oregon legislative session dawns

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