County reopens upper Larch Mountain Road

Multnomah County has reopened the upper section of Larch Mountain Road beyond milepost 10 in rural East County.

Larch Mountain Road is the highest road in Multnomah County's jurisdiction, reaching an altitude of 4,055 feet.

Each winter, the county closes public access to recreation areas off upper Larch Mountain Road by installing a snow gate. Once snow levels drop, the county opens the road for recreational users, allowing vehicles to access the view parking lot at milepost 14.5.

Fundraiser will benefit Reynolds grads

The Reynolds Alumni Association and Backroads Pub and Grub are partnering in a fundraiser to benefit the alumni association's scholarship fund for Reynolds graduates to attend Mt. Hood Community College.

The event will take place from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Backroads, 13230 S.E. Orient Drive, Boring. There will be a $10 charge for food and a soda with all of the proceeds to go the scholarship fund. Alcohol will be no-host.

Checks can be mailed to Reynolds Alumni, P.O. Box 1331, Fairview, 97024.

Backroads owner Larry Parker is a Reynolds class of 1969 alum and wants to give back for the education he received, according to a news release.

Solar energy workshop planned June 5

East County residents can learn more about solar energy at home during a free Solar Gresham workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave.

The workshop is part of a new program, Solar Gresham, promoted by the city of Gresham, offering homeowners an easy path toward generating clean energy. The informational workshops are hosted by the nonprofit Solar Oregon and will cover the basic technology, costs, benefits and incentives for solar. The solar installation program is also available in Fairview, Troutdale and Wood Village.

Solar Gresham is able to offer a bulk rate discounted price. The selected solar installer, Imagine Energy, provides homeowners with a free site assessment and assistance with all available incentives.

Solar Gresham is available through July 31. To attend the workshop, call Nicole Cousino at 503-618-2485. For more information about Solar Gresham, including incentives and pricing, visit

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