News Briefs Jan. 9

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners has elected Lynn Peterson as its Chair for the year 2008. Bill Kennemer was elected as vice-chair.

The new appointments were made during the board's regularly scheduled meeting January 3.

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners consists of Lynn Peterson, Bill Kennemer and Martha Schrader.

'This upcoming year will be full of challenging issues directly affecting the residents of Clackamas County,' Peterson stated. 'As chair, I look forward to working with the citizens and my colleagues to tackle, head on, issues that will influence the quality of life in Clackamas County.'

Starting with the 2008 election, the county chair position will be selected by voters rather than the board. Peterson is running for the chair position.

CCC to help students with financial aid issues

Clackamas Community College will host Financial Aid Day on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Financial aid specialists will be on hand to help attendees complete the paperwork for federal financial aid and for the Oregon Student Assistance scholarship application. Drawings will be held to award a $500 college scholarship to one of the attendees at Financial Aid Day.

Financial aid is available from a variety of government and private programs including grants, loans, work study and scholarships. Eligibility for most types of financial aid is based on need. Scholarships are available to help with the costs of education too.

Financial Aid Day is one of many events around the state in connection with College Goal Oregon, a free statewide event to help Oregon families navigate the financial aid process. Everyone is invited to attend this event, whether they are high school or nontraditional returning students.

To get started with the financial aid process, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), participants should bring the following: a parent if possible, the most recent completed federal tax return, information about current assets, social security, numbers for student and parents, drivers license and alien registration if applicant is not a United States citizen.

Scholarship experts will also be available during Financial Aid Day. Clackamas Community College scholarships are open to students with at least a 2.0 grade point average who are taking at least six or more college credit hours.

To find out more about Financial Aid Day, call Darcie Iven at 503-657-6958, ext. 5008.

County needs volunteers for water management agency

The Surface Water Management Agency of Clackamas County (SWMACC) is seeking one citizen to fill a vacancy on its budget committee for a three-year term beginning in spring 2008. The committee reviews the SWMACC proposed fiscal year budget and any supplemental budgets, and recommends revisions to the Board of County Commissioners. The typical time commitment is two meetings per year.

SWMACC provides surface water management services in the unincorporated areas of Clackamas County within the Tualatin River Watershed and the City of Rivergrove. Interested citizens who reside within the district's boundaries may apply.

The Board of County Commissioners appoints members to this committee. Citizens interested in serving on the SWMACC Budget Committee may apply online at the County website: or by requesting an application form from the Office of Citizen Involvement, (503) 655-8552 or at the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, 4th Floor.

Application deadline is March 14.

For more information call Kathy Frasier at 503-353-4566.

Advanced leadership course delayed until fall

Instructor Dr. Thomas Jones announced this week that he will be unavailable to teach the Advanced Leadership Clackamas County course, sponsored by the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce, set to begin in January.

The deadline to complete three books on leadership being authored by Dr. Jones was unexpectedly moved up and he will not be able to properly prepare to teach the course. In fairness to the program and the many students who have already signed up to take it, he felt that the course will be much stronger with the delay. Information about new course dates will be provided to class members as soon as they are established.

Class members who have already registered are being notified. Those that have already paid will hold their space in the class at the same tuition rate. More than 30 people have already signed up for the course. Sponsors have stepped forward to guarantee the budget will be met and tuition fees can remain at current levels.

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