All County Prayer Meeting, May 3
Sherman Veterans Served by Highly Rural Transportation Program 11,977 miles in 2018
Gorge Grown’s Mobile Farmers Market’s Coming to Wasco & Moro, May 5
Catch Northern Pikeminnow and Get Paid
Prineville Reservoir Star Party, May 12
9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy/DPSST
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1. All County Prayer Meeting, May 3
The All County Prayer Meeting is Thursday May 3rd @ the Kent Baptist Church. Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there.
2. Sherman Veterans Served by Highly Rural Transportation Program 11,977 miles in 2018
Oregon’s hugely successful Highly Rural Transportation Grant Program cleared its latest milestone this quarter, crossing the million-mile mark in only three and a half years. Funded by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and administered by the state, this program is crucial in helping connect veterans who live in extremely rural areas with their VA-sanctioned health care providers and other medical needs.
The program is a state, federal and local partnership, working in conjunction with transportation providers in each of the state’s 10 “highly rural” counties (fewer than seven residents per square mile): Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Lake, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Wallowa and Wheeler.
For veterans living in these areas, the nearest VA medical centers are in Boise, Walla Walla, Portland and Roseburg — round trips that encompass several hundred miles, at least.
“Veterans should be free to live where they choose, without having to worry about how they’ll be able to access their VA doctors,” said Sheronne Blasi, director of Statewide Veteran Services for the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “This program, with the support of the VA and our incredible partners in these areas, is helping make that possible.”
Since the program’s inception in late 2014, Oregon’s transportation providers have logged 1,012,790 miles. They’ve also spent nearly 37,000 hours on the road during a total of almost 18,000 trips. That’s a tremendous return on investment from the annual grant — which provides only $50,000 for each participating county.
Sherman County has logged 99,648 miles from mid-September 2014 through March 2018 with 3,951 hours on the road. The first three months of this 2018 year, Sherman County has logged 11,977 miles and 351 hours transporting our veterans to their medical appointments.
“It is the creativity and dedication of these county and transportation districts that has made this program such a success,” Blasi said. “How they are able to do so much with the limited resources available is truly remarkable. It is our privilege to be able to support and continue that work.”
“It has really helped our rural veterans,” said Angela Lamborn, executive director of the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, ODVA’s transportation partner in Harney County. “Out here, we are so far from everything. Besides us, most veterans don’t have any option for transportation other than their own vehicle, and can you imagine driving 170 miles or more when you’re not feeling well?”
If you are a veteran living in one of the 10 participating counties and would like more information about the Highly Rural Transportation Program, please contact your local county or transportation office. A complete list of the appropriate contacts can be found on ODVA’s website at http://wp.me/p60SnD-Nf.
Contact the Sherman County Community Transportation if you are a veteran residing in Sherman County to make a reserve transportation to your next medical appointment by calling the office at 541-565-3553 or stopping by the office at the Sherman County Courthouse, 500 Court Street, Moro, Oregon 97039.
3. Gorge Grown’s Mobile Farmers Market’s Coming to Wasco & Moro, May 5
Gorge Grown is re-launching our Mobile Farmers Market with stops in Wasco and Moro this Saturday May 5th!
Pippin, the big white van, will be loaded up with 100% locally grown fruit and veggies including spinach, pears, cilantro, salad greens, kale, herbs and rhubarb from Cody’s Orchard, Raices Cooperative Farm, Flower to Flour Farm, Stepping Stone Farm and more. The Mobile Farmers Market accepts cash, cards, Veggie Rx, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Vouchers with SNAP and SNAP Match coming soon. Spread the word, stop by, say hi, and stock up!
Moro – First Saturdays 10am-1pm at the Sherman Co. Farmers Market & Art Walk
Wasco – First Saturdays 2pm-4pm at the Wasco Depot, Clark St. https://www.facebook.com/events/389898941475908/
~Silvan Shawe, Local Food Access Coordinator
Gorge Grown Food Network Mobile: 808.419.1016
4. Catch Northern Pikeminnow and Get Paid
PORTLAND, Ore. – Help save young salmon and steelhead and make money too!
Tuesday, May 1, marks the beginning of this year’s Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery in the Columbia and Snake rivers.
State fish and wildlife biologists have specially tagged and released up to 1,000 or more northern pikeminnow into the Columbia and Snake rivers, each worth $500. The program also pays registered anglers $5 to $8 per fish, nine inches or longer. The more fish an angler catches, the more each pikeminnow is worth. Last year the top fisherman in the program earned more than $83,000 in just five-months of fishing.
Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead each year. Since 1990, anglers paid through the program, have removed more than 4.8 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program has reduced predation from pikeminnow on young salmon and steelhead by approximately 40 percent since it began.
The 2018 Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery begins Tuesday, May 1, and is scheduled to run through Sept 30, 2018.
Northern pikeminnow experts say the best place to fish early in the season maybe near The Dalles. That registration station also showed the highest number of catches last season (44,607 fish).
The program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration.
For more information about the program call 800-858-9015 or visit www.pikeminnow.org.
5. Prineville Reservoir Star Party, May 12
Prineville, OR — Jupiter, also known as the King of Planets, will dominate the night sky at the May 12 Star Party at Prineville Reservoir State Park. Everyone is invited to see the King of Planets, colorful star clusters, nebulae (interstellar clouds of dust and gases) and distant galaxies.
“Remote central Oregon skies are typically clear and generally free of light pollution, the optimum mix for unforgettable views of night sky objects,” said Paul Patton, resource specialist with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). “Because of its location and amenities, the Prineville Reservoir is an incredible stargazing location. The annual star party is a great early-summer activity for everyone to enjoy.”
Saturday will kick off at 1 p.m. with a guided stroll through the solar system. Presentations at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. will focus on Night Sky Wonders and the Sun, respectively. Young rocketeers can design, build and then safely launch their rockets at 4 p.m. Renowned space artist and photographer John Foster will lead an audience-driven space art presentation at 7 p.m. Foster will tap into the creativity and imagination of the audience to create a unique work of art, which will be given to a lucky participant. At 9:30 p.m., “partygoers” will gather at a permanent observatory housing “Big Doug,” a 16-inch telescope. Visitors can peer through it and other telescopes provided by professional and amateur astronomers.
Returning this year is the popular Virtual Reality Experience Station—goggles provided. Other activities include a solar viewing station; a telescope technology display; various children’s activities focused on astronomical science; and an exhibit of John Foster’s space art and photography.
Prineville Reservoir State Park offers nearly 70 campsites—both RV and tent sites—and five deluxe cabins in the main campground. All are reservable online at www.oregonstateparks.org or by phone at 1-800-452-5687. Another 26 electrical hookup sites in the park’s Jasper Point campground are available first-come, first-serve.
The Oregon Observatory at Sunriver and OPRD are co-organizers of the 19th annual Star Party. Prineville Reservoir State Park is located 16 miles southeast of Prineville on Southeast Juniper Canyon Road. More information and directions are available at www.oregonstateparks.org.
6. 9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy/DPSST
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 109th Basic Telecommunications Class.
The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.
The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.
Basic Telecommunications #BT109 Graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100. The guest speaker is Chief Robert Morris, of the Junction City Police Department.
DPSST would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Telecommunications #BT109 on their successful completion of basic training. The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. Reception immediately following.
Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #109
Dispatcher Robert Baird – Junction City Police Department
Dispatcher Isaac Cox – Junction City Police Department
Telecommunicator Nathan Early – Lake Oswego Police Department
Dispatcher James Foster – Toledo Police Department
Dispatcher Jacob Hawes – Junction City Police Department
Dispatcher Leah Heinzmann – Bureau of Emergency Communications
Dispatcher Kirstieleigh Kelsea – Tillamook County 911
Dispatcher Linda Larson – Warm Springs Police Department
Dispatcher Misty Lindstrom – Astoria Police Department
Dispatcher Haylee Maul – Bureau of Emergency Communications
Dispatcher Shad Miles – Bureau of Emergency Communications
Dispatcher Joan Miller – Bureau of Emergency Communications
Dispatcher Shannon Miller – Coos Bay Police Department
Dispatcher Mark Moroney – Bureau of Emergency Communications
Dispatcher Rhonda Morrow – Frontier Regional 9-1-1
Dispatcher Vanessa Ogier – Oregon State Police
Dispatcher Melissa Patterson – Astoria Police Department
Dispatcher Brieanna Rogers – Deschutes County 9-1-1
Manager Susan Scobert – Lake Oswego Police Department
Dispatcher Dalton Smith – Frontier Regional 9-1-1
Dispatcher Angela Stiles – Oregon State Police
Telecommunicator Bruce Vandyke – Toledo Police Department
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.
DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
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