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Mortell is new county public health manager

Patricia Mortell has joined the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services as its public health division manager.

Mortell replaces Marni Kuyl, who briefly held the position before being promoted to Director of Health and Human Services.

Mortell has more than 30 years of public health experience, first with Multnomah County and most recently as chief operations officer for Clark County Public Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in community nutrition from Oregon State University and a master’s in public health from the University of Washington.

“Public Health is in a time of tremendous change,” said Mortell. “Washington County Public Health is well-positioned to assume new roles and continue serving as a leader in community health.”

“Tricia has made enormous contributions to community health by creating robust public health systems through effective partnerships,” said department director Marni Kuyl. “We are thrilled to have her leadership and expertise in Washington County.”

PCC Rock Creek hosts Area 93 open house

Three plans for Area 93, a 160-acre area that was incorporated into Washington County in January, will be presented at an open house.

The Tuesday gathering is open to the public at the Rock Creek Campus of Portland Community College, 17705 N.W. Springville Road, Event Center (Building 9). Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the event begins at 5:30.

The open house will include a presentation and workshop. Attendees are encouraged to join in discussions and provide input.

An April 2014 open house provided the project team with substantial feedback on the previous Multnomah County Concept Plan.

For more information, contact Washington County long-range planning at 503-846-3519 or visit co.washington.or.us/area93.

Sheriff's office seeks citizens’ advisory applicants

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for citizens to serve on the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District Citizens’ Advisory Committee.

The committee works with the sheriff and other officials from the sheriff’s office to review and offer recommendations on the level and type of police service in the service district.

ESPD provides enhanced patrol response to more than 200,000 residents of the urban areas outside the cities. There are 110 sheriff’s deputies serving the citizens in the district.

Committee members serve a three-year term. Applicants must pass a criminal background check and must live in the district. Applications are due at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. Applications are available online at wcsheriff-or.com, in person or by phone at 503-846-2506.

Clean Water Services’ beer sparkles in New Orleans

Pure Water Brew, created by home-brewers out of treated Tualatin River Water, impressed the attendees at the WateReuse Association’s One Water Innovations Gala, held Sept. 29 in New Orleans.

“Pure Water Brew was a hit in New Orleans,” said Mark Jockers, spokesman for Clean Water Services. “It certainly created a buzz and got people talking.”

The Pure Water Brew competition was a challenge to local brewers to create the best-tasting suds with river drawn downstream from one of Oregon’s largest wastewater treatment plants.

The competition was a public/private collaboration of the Oregon Brew Crew, Clean Water Services and Carollo Engineers and was intended to get people talking about water.

The making of Pure Water Brew was captured on video and can be views on YouTube at youtu.be/9Sk8TJ2sxE8.

Fuel Your School offered in Washington County

Chevron is working with DonorsChoose.org to help K-12 teachers in Washington and Multnomah county school districts get the supplies they need for eligible classroom projects.

A campaign called Fuel Your School is already underway.

In the month of October, for every fueling of 8 gallons or more at a participating Chevron or Texaco gas station, the company will donate $1 — up to $350,000 — to directly support public education projects in the two counties.

For more information, visit fuelyourschool.com

Send Washington County news to Kendra Hogue at khogue@portlandtribune.com.

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