News briefs for May 28


Memorial Day events

In addition to the Memorial Day ceremonies at Forest Lawn Cemetery and the Heroes Memorial in Gresham, other events are being held Monday, May 30, to honor veterans.

The Bridal Veil Historical Preservation Society will host a service at 11 a.m. at the Bridal Veil Cemetery across from the Angels Rest parking lot. Bring a verse, poem or reading you would like to share in honor of this day. There will also be ceremonies, starting at 10 a.m., at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Help identify new transport projects

East County residents are invited to attend a meeting Monday, June 6, to learn about and comment on potential road and transportation projects that will be eligible for federal funding.

The meeting will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Oregon Trail Room at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. The East Multnomah County Transportation Committee will present several transportation projects for consideration. The top projects will be submitted to Metro by June 17 for review. Residents can also suggest alternative projects.

Metro forecasts that $70.7 million in federal funds will be allocated to the Portland region in fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Of that, $22.5 million is available for local projects. Multnomah County will receive around $1.6 million for 'Active Transportation and Complete Streets' project funding, and $660,000 for 'Freight and Green Economy' projects.

Visit or call Mike Pullen with Multnomah County at 503-988-6804 for information.

Coalition to meet June 1

The Rockwood Business Coalition will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, in Park Place Coffee, 1288 S.E. 182nd Ave.

The coalition will set future dates for other meetings and asks participants to bring their calendars so it can have an idea what dates/times work for most people.

Agenda items include project updates on the Rockwood MAX station, a new street, the Human Solutions building, the courthouse and police station.

The coalition will also discuss upcoming events as well as Facebook pages for businesses; a survey; a possible meeting on crime-related issues; and city efforts to support businesses.

City looks to future

Wood Village is holding a public workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, to discuss visions for the city's future.

The workshop will be held at City Hall, 2055 N.E. 238th Drive. All residents and business owners are invited to attend. For more information, call the city at 503-667-6211 or visit

Check liquor stores for Memorial Day hours

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission reminds customers that liquor stores in Oregon have the option to open on Memorial Day, May 30.

State law provides that liquor agents have the discretion to be open or closed on Sundays and holidays. Memorial Day is one of the nine state holidays defined by state law.

Call your local liquor store to determine its holiday operating hours. Phone numbers are available at the OLCC's website or at

Apply for state agriculture commissions

Nominations are still needed for open positions on several of the state's agricultural commodity commissions. Some of the commissions have not yet received any applications. Those individuals appointed as commissioners administer producer assessments spent on commodity commissions' promotion, education and research projects.

Most appointments are for a three-year term beginning July 1. The Oregon Beef Council has an opening for a handler to complete a term that runs through June 30, 2012. In addition, the Oregon Sheep Commission has an opening for a four-year term.

Appointments will be made by Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba.

Applicants for any commodity commission position must be a U.S. citizen and an Oregon resident. For more information on qualifications and a complete listing of openings, go to or contact Commodity Commission Program Manager Kris Anderson at 503-872-6600.