News briefs March 28



Coastal Farm to have baby chicks giveaway

Coastal Farm and Ranch, at 2865 N.E. Hogan Drive, will give away 500 free baby chicks starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 31.

There is a limit of five chicks per family while supplies last.

The cockerels will be delivered to the store Wednesday, March 28, from Dunlap Hatchery in Caldwell, Idaho.

The chicks are 'intended for farm families who have room and the knowledge to raise them,' said Coastal Farm and Ranch spokesman Joe Clemens.

According to Gresham city code, chickens are not allowed within city limits.

'They're not considered pets,' said Jody Sandstrom. 'They're an agricultural animal.'

Sandstrom said the initial fine for ignoring the code restriction is $360, and that amount increases if the chickens are not removed from the property.

'We tell them they have to dispose of the animals in a humane manner,' Sandstrom said. 'We usually suggest they find a nearby farm that is willing to take them.'

Complaints about chickens are one of the biggest issues Gresham's code department deals with this time of year, Sandstrom said.

John Rowton, Multnomah County Animal Control shelter manager, said he encourages people, regardless of what animal they are considering adopting or acquiring, to understand the appropriate way to keep and care for it.

'For chickens, you'd have to have a coop, the right food, and especially for baby chicks, you'd need heat lamps,' Rowton said. 'I know my favorite Easter chick is chocolate.'

Liquor commission hands out $1.34 million

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission disbursed $1.34 million in distilled spirits revenue in February to Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties, and their 40 incorporated cities.

In Clackamas County, Damascus received $7,353, Happy Valley received $7,003 and Sandy received $5,376.

Clackamas County garnered $96,657, and Multnomah County collected $184,745.

In Multnomah County, the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village, received $7,288, $74,323, $11,489 and $2,255, respectively.

The agency distributed $10.3 million statewide in February, using a per capita formula based on Oregon's population.

An additional 56 percent of Oregon Liquor Control Commission's revenue, or $5.4 million, went to the state general fund. The state's Addiction and Mental Health Division received $540,339.

Paper seeks local summer camp information

Is your club, church or organization hosting some type of day or overnight summer camp?

If so, send the details with themes, ages, costs, times, days, dates, locations and registration deadlines to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Make sure to include a phone number to call for more information.

Submissions can also be faxed to 503-665-2187, or mailed to The Outlook, at 1190 N.E. Division St., Gresham, 97030, and must be received by Wednesday, April 25.

Multnomah County

League of Women Voters to meet Tuesday, April 10

The League of Women Voters of East Multnomah County will present 'The Oregon Judiciary, Part 2, Challenges for the 21st Century' at noon Tuesday, April 10, in MetroEast Community Media meeting room, 829 N.E. Eighth St., Gresham.

Member Larry Piper, who gathered information for the Oregon State League of Women Voters' study of the Oregon judiciary, will be the presenter.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

For more information, call Lois Selmar at 503-667-7036.

Government Camp

Blacksmithing workshop set for March 31

Darryl Nelson, owner of Meridian Forge in Eatonville, Wash., will teach two-hour classes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Mt. Hood Museum's Arts Cabins in Government Camp.

The classes cost $60, and are limited to four students per day. Spectators are welcome to observe the blacksmiths as they work. For more information or to register, call 503-272-3301 or visit