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Local news briefs for Aug. 27

Cities offer inexpensive drain cleaning

The cities of Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village and Fairview are offering private storm drain cleaning to businesses at a reduced cost. The Stormdrain Cleaning Assistance Program takes place in October before the heavy rain season. Businesses that sign up through this program will have storm drains cleaned for $49 per drain. The deadline to sign up is Sept. 6. To sign up, contact Keri Handaly at 503-618-2657 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit GreshamOregon.gov/watershed.

TriMet fares increasing Sept. 1

Some TriMet fares will increase Thursday, Sept. 1, to offset the increasing cost of providing transit service, according to TriMet.

Adult all-zone and two-zone fares will increase by 5 cents in addition to increases to other passes. Part of the increase will support some service restoration on 10 bus lines and MAX Blue Line to help relieve crowding. Starting Sept. 4, there will be new schedules on 24 buses and on the MAX Blue Line.

At the request of riders, TriMet is also introducing a new 30-Day Pass, valid for 30 days from the date of purchase. The 30-Day Pass can be purchased at any time during the month.

For information, call 503-238-RIDE (7433) or visit trimet.org.

Human Solutions drops golf balls for raffle

A golf ball drop to benefit Human Solutions, which provides services to homeless and low-income residents in East and mid-Multnomah County, will be held Sept. 30.

A helicopter will fly over Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora and drop 1,000 golf balls, numbered 1 to 1,000.

Whoever has the golf ball that is the first to drop into the designated hole, or is closest to the hole, will win $1,000.

Tickets for the event are $10 for one golf ball, $50 for six golf balls and $100 for 13 golf balls.

Visit humansolutions.org or call 503-548-0252 for information and tickets.

DMV ends extended hours

The Department of Motor Vehicles is ending its pilot of longer office hours at five Portland-area offices, including its Gresham office, effective Sept. 1.

The DMV offered an extra hour of business on Mondays and Fridays at five offices in the Portland area from November 2010 until this month to see how many customers would visit from 5 to 6 p.m.

Few people visited the DMV offices during that extra hour, so they will return to their former hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesdays when they open at 9 a.m.

The Gresham office is located at 2222 E. Powell Blvd.

Fairview to launch new website

The city of Fairview has announced it will launch a new website Friday, Sept. 2, at fairvieworegon.gov.

The new website, designed by CivicPlus, includes a search feature that takes residents and visitors directly to specific information, while interactive online forms allow residents to complete city business without leaving home.

A new 'Notify Me' option will allow residents to sign up for special alerts from specific departments about events, job opportunities and meetings.

Residents can also click on the 'Report a Concern' tab to access an online submission form.

Additional features, including a Twitter and Facebook page, will be added to the website over the upcoming months.

For more information, call City Administrator Joe Gall at 503-674-6211 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christmas tree clinic offered at farm

Growers who are interested in selling Christmas trees this year, beginners and experts, are invited to attend a free clinic at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Fred Crowe Tree Farm, 19650 S. Fishers Mill Road, Oregon City.

Sponsored by the Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association and the OSU Extension Service, the clinic will cover the basics of selling Christmas trees.

Clackamas County harvests more Christmas trees than any other county in the country.