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Local news briefs for March 23

Hospice training offered

Kaiser Permanente Hospice is hosting a volunteer training for anyone interested in supporting East County hospice patients and their families. Trained volunteers provide home or facility visits and assistance to caregivers. The four-day training is scheduled Friday and Saturday, April 1-2 and 8-9, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Amy Lindholm, volunteer coordinator, at 503-499-5408 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TriMet helps bike commuters

TriMet is creating two secure 'Bike and Ride' facilities, including one in Gresham.

The facilities at Gresham Central Transit Center and at the Beaverton Transit Center are expected to open in late June.

The first such facility opened last July at the Sunset Transit Center with 74 secure bike parking spaces.

At the Gresham facility, at Northeast Eighth Street between Hood and Kelly avenues, bike riders will be able to use keycards to access the 30 secured bike parking spaces.

TriMet is using $1.4 million in federal stimulus funds for the three Bike and Ride facilities, as well as to replace 96 bike lockers and key access on 86 others. It total, TriMet will add or improve 386 bike parking spaces in the region.

Lawmakers schedule Corbett forum

State Sen. Chuck Thomsen and Rep. Mark Johnson will be meeting with residents of the Corbett community at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Grange Hall, 37493 N.E. Grange Hall Road.

Community members have been voicing concerns regarding school financing and how to campaign for additional funding, possible bills to place restrictions on charter schools, out-of-district transfers and other education issues, as well as how to get an Oregon Department of Transportation traffic impact study.

Thomsen and Johnson's legislative districts cover the Corbett area. The community is invited to attend and be heard.

'Open government' website launched

The Oregon state government has rolled out a new website that lets citizens customize their view of data from state agencies and comment right on the site.

The website, Data.Oregon.gov, lets visitors interact with state records; create their own charts, graphs, calendars and maps; and save them online. Visitors may even suggest new 'datasets' for displaying information not yet available on the site.

The site also displays information in a wide range of datasets, including state agencies' expend- itures, buildings leased by state government, salaries of state workers, state contracts with private businesses and more than 60 others. The offerings will continue to grow as viewers suggest more datasets.

Users may filter or sort the data any way they want. They also may embed it in their own blogs and websites.

Oregon is among the first states to employ this new technology. The White House has used the technology since 2009.

Estacada Union High School

The Estacada Union High School class of 1961 is having its 50-year reunion from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Rivershore Bar and Grill, 1900 Clackamette Drive, Oregon City.

For more information, contact Barbara (Nelson) Hicks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol (Simmons) Beard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..