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Local briefs for Sept. 10

McKeel files for re-election

Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel filed for re-election to her seat on the county's Board of Commissioners on Thursday, Sept. 8. It was the first day candidates could file for the May 15, 2012, primary election.

Her seat, representing District 4 in East Multnomah County, is one of three on the five-person board up for election next year. Commissioner Judy Shiprack also filed Thursday to run for re-election to her District 3 seat. The District 1 seat, now filled by Deborah Kafoury, also is up for election next year.

McKeel was elected in 2008 to the four-year term. She has focused on building a new courthouse in Gresham, fighting human trafficking, economic development and veterans' services.

A campaign kick-off is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant and Lounge at 17937 S.E. Stark St.

Gresham-Barlow seeks committee applicants

The Gresham-Barlow School District is seeking applicants for three open positions on the district's budget committee.

The committee includes the district's board of directors and seven volunteer citizens who are appointed to serve three-year terms.

The budget committee receives and reviews the district's budget document and budget message, meets publicly to review the proposed budget and approves the annual budget.

To be eligible for appointment to the committee, applicants must live in and be registered to vote in the district and cannot be an officer, agent or employee of the district.

Deadline to submit applications for positions is Thursday, Sept. 29. The application can be found at gresham.k12.or.us.

For more information, call Jerry Jones, assistant superintendent/chief financial officer, at 503-618-2447.

East County woman dies in ATV accident

An East County woman died early Sunday, Sept. 4, after an ATV crash in the Three Rivers Recreation Area in Culver.

Carrie Lynn Shaver, 37, of Portland was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a report on news Channel KTVZ.

Shaver was reportedly a rear passenger on an ATV quad, driven by a male friend from the Portland area. The driver failed to stop for a stop sign and failed to negotiate a right-hand turn, leaving the road and going over a 30-foot embankment.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene at 7:14 a.m. The man was taken to St. Charles Medical Center-Redmond for non-life-threatening injuries. His name was not released.

It was unknown how fast the ATV was traveling, and the crash may have occurred hours before it was reported. Speed and alcohol are suspected of being contributing factors in the crash.

Shaver was a graduate of Gresham High School and of Mt. Hood Community College. She was visiting her father, a part-time Three Rivers resident, with her boyfriend and 10-year-old son for the weekend.