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Local news briefs for Dec. 3

Open house looks at future water planning

The public is invited to learn about and discuss two planning efforts by the Troutdale Public Works Department regarding storm drainage management for the city south of Historic Columbia River Highway and potable water services for the entire city for the next 20 years.

The open house will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Public Works Shop at 342 S.W. Fourth St. Visitors can meet with city staff and design professionals to learn about the projects.

Contact Amy Pepper at 503-674-7241 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

Loaves and Fishes seeks holiday weekend drivers

Loaves and Fishes Centers, the Meals-On-Wheels People, is seeking volunteer drivers to ensure homebound seniors receive nutritious meals and a bit of companionship on Christmas and New Year's weekends. Volunteer drivers are needed Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31 to Jan. 2. For more information, call Caroline Henry at 503-953-8123 weekdays or 503-953-8202 on weekends.

New economic committee to hold first meeting

The city of Fairview's Economic Development Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at City Hall in the Park View Conference Room, 1300 N.E. Village St.

The seven-member committee, consisting of Fairview businesspeople, was approved by the City Council in May as a way for business owners to assist the city in developing programs and activities that will help strengthen the local business community. The committee has to obtain approval from the city administrator or designee before spending money on behalf of the city.

Erika Fitzgerald, Economic Development Program manager, will work with the committee. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information about the committee, call City Administrator Joe Gall at 503-674-6211 or visit fairvieworegon.gov.

Workshop to address substance abuse, prevention

The Greater Gresham Area Prevention Partnership is hosting a community event and workshop Thursday, Dec. 8, to look at drug and alcohol abuse in the community and the best solutions for how to prevent it.

'Navigating an Epidemic - Mapping Solutions' will be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Gresham National Guard Armory, 544 N.E. Division St.

State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, will talk about efforts at the state level to combat substance abuse and implement prevention strategies. Christina McMahan, director of Multnomah County Juvenile Services, will also speak.

Seating for the event is limited. For more information, call 503-823-0088 and leave a name and number.

Meeting to address achievement gap in Oregon students

Parents and other community members will take a closer look at Oregon's student achievement gap - who's being left out and what we can do about it - from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the north gymnasium of Reynolds Middle School, 1200 N.E. 201st Ave., Fairview.

Speakers include Paz Ramos, principal of Alder Elementary School; Erika Molina, recent graduate of Reynolds High; Roxana Cordova, parent of three students in the district; and Christine Chin-Ryan, owner of Synergy Consulting Inc. Attendees can talk about their concerns and ideas, and feedback will be shared with Gov. John Kitzhaber and Reynolds Superintendent Joyce Henstrand as well as other policy makers.

The meeting is sponsored by Stand for Children, the Latino Parent Leadership Group, the Black Parent Initiative, the Coalition for Equality and the Oregon Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, email Holly Fifield, Salem-Keizer/East Multnomah County organizer of Stand for Children, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit stand.org.

Free cat spay, neutering services offered

The Oregon Humane Society and four other local animal organizations, including Multnomah County Animal Services in Troutdale, are offering free spay and neuter surgeries to qualifying low-income cat owners Dec. 5-9.

Qualified cat owners must live in Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington or Clark counties and receive government assistance such as Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, Section 8/public housing and Subsidized Lunch Program funding. Caretakers of stray or feral cats also can take advantage of this offer.

Licensed veterinarians and surgical teams provide services. Transportation assistance may be available for those unable to take advantage of this offer because of travel issues.

Call 1-800-345-SPAY for a cat you own or 503-797-2606 for feral cats. Free spay/neuter appointments will be scheduled for Dec. 5-9 only.

TOPS host holiday bazaar

The Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Gresham chapter 0983 is hosting a holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Highland Community Church, 4100 S.E. 182nd Ave.

Crafts, handmade items, jewelry, beadwork, children's clothing, baked goods and more will be sold. A lunch of hotdogs, popcorn, coffee and pie will also be available.

Call Pat Humphreys at 503-666-0923 for information.

Gorge road reopens after slide repair

Northeast Palmer Mill Road in the Columbia River Gorge reopened Wednesday, Nov. 30, after Multnomah County repaired a landslide that closed the road in March.

The narrow road, which climbs a steep hillside above Bridal Veil Falls along Bridal Veil Creek, is one of the county's few remaining gravel roads. No homes or businesses are located along Palmer Mill Road.

A section of culvert crossing Palmer Mill Road failed, causing a slide that extended nearly 100 feet downhill on a steep slope. Crews excavated unstable earth and set up a system of large concrete blocks and fabric to rebuild the hillside, while the culvert was repaired to prevent future drainage problems.