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Local news briefs for Nov. 16

Buy gift cards for military families

Many Oregon National Guard soldiers are deployed overseas, leaving their families during the holidays. Oregonians can help those families and send thanks by donating gift cards for groceries or fuel.

Send gift cards to Gen. Mike Caldwell, Oregon National Guard, P.O. Box 14350, Salem, 97309. Army chaplains distribute the gift cards to families all over the state.

USS Ranger benefit set

The USS Ranger Foundation is hosting a community gathering from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Bumpers Grill and Bar, 21935 N.E. Halsey St., Fairview, in support of the USS Ranger Foundation's efforts to bring the retired supercarrier to Fairview as a community heritage center.

Tickets are $10 for foundation volunteers and $20 for general admission, which includes food and beverages. Additional opportunities to support the foundation will be available at the event, including raffle prizes from local businesses. The event will include a presentation and update on progress and the ability to meet others who are supporting the USS Ranger.

RSVP with Shannon Chisom at 503-750-3785 or Shannon

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Be mindful of hunters at Sandy River Delta

With the return of fall, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area reminds the public that hunting is occurring at the Sandy River Delta, also known as Thousand Acres. 

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulates hunting at the site, bounded by the Sandy River on the west, Interstate 84 on the south and the Columbia River on the north; it is owned and managed by the Forest Service.

The area is closed to all hunting, except the portion of the area north and east of the Bonneville Power Administration power line is open to waterfowl hunting with shotgun only. Lands below the mean-high water line of the Columbia or Sandy rivers are not affected by this regulation.

The Sandy River Delta is a multi-use recreation area open to a variety of recreation uses including equestrian use, hiking, biking and hunting in the allowable area. For more information, please visit fs.usda.gov/crgnsa. 

Volunteers needed to drive cancer patients

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers for its Road to Recovery program, designed to provide transportation for area cancer patients to and from their medical appointments or cancer treatments.

Volunteer drivers offer both their time and vehicles to the cancer patients, many of whom have no other means of getting to their appointments. Every cancer patient has unique needs and many require daily or weekly treatments over the course of several months.

Road to Recovery volunteers are free to choose a schedule that works best for them. For more information, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. Volunteers must have a current driver's license, insurance and a good driving record, as well as attend a training/orientation session.

Oregon veterans' home loan rates lowered

Effective Friday, Nov. 11, the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs lowered its 30-year term fixed home mortgage rate to 3.65 percent for qualified veteran homebuyers.

The ORVET Home Loan Program offers one of the lowest home loan interest rates available for 30- and 15-year term loans. The APR on a 30-year fixed rate loan is 3.714 percent while a 15-year fixed rate loan has an APR of 3.765 percent.

The ORVET Home Loan is an Oregon veteran benefit and is separate from the federal VA home loan guaranty program. Veterans may still be eligible for an ORVET home loan even if they have previously purchased a home using the federal VA program.  

ORVET's current maximum loan amount is $417,000 for a single-family, owner-occupied residence.

For more information, call 1-888-673-8387 or 503-373-2051, or visit oregon.gov/ODVA/HOMELOANS.

Be mindful of hunters at Sandy River Delta

With the return of fall, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area reminds the public that hunting is occurring at the Sandy River Delta, also known as Thousand Acres. 

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulates hunting at the site, bounded by the Sandy River on the west, Interstate 84 on the south and the Columbia River on the north; it is owned and managed by the Forest Service.

The area is closed to all hunting, except the portion of the area north and east of the Bonneville Power Administration power line is open to waterfowl hunting with shotgun only.

The Sandy River Delta is a multi-use recreation area open to a variety of recreation uses including equestrian use, hiking, biking and hunting in the allowable area. For more information, please visit fs.usda.gov/crgnsa. 

Volunteers needed to drive cancer

patients

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers for its Road to Recovery program, designed to provide transportation for area cancer patients to and from their medical appointments or cancer treatments.

Volunteer drivers offer both their time and vehicles to the cancer patients, many of whom have no other means of getting to their appointments. Every cancer patient has unique needs and many require daily or weekly treatments over the course of several months.

Road to Recovery volunteers are free to choose a schedule that works best for them. For more information, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. Volunteers must have a current driver's license, insurance and a good driving record, as well as attend a training/orientation session.

Oregon veterans' home loan rates lowered

Effective Friday, Nov. 11, the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs lowered its 30-year term fixed home mortgage rate to 3.65 percent for qualified veteran homebuyers.

The ORVET Home Loan Program offers one of the lowest home loan interest rates available for 30- and 15-year term loans. The APR on a 30-year fixed rate loan is 3.714 percent while a 15-year fixed rate loan has an APR of 3.765 percent.

ORVET's current maximum loan amount is $417,000 for a single-family, owner-occupied residence. For more information, call 1-888-673-8387 or 503-373-2051, or visit oregon.gov/ODVA/HOMELOANS.