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Amateur radio services help

Following a request Monday morning from Columbia County 9-1-1 for emergency radio service due to high-powered storms, District One Emergency Coordinator David Kidd ordered the Amateur Radio Emergency Service net be activated.

The net was activated at 8:36 a.m. Clackamas County ARES was already standing by as Kidd is also the county's emergency coordinator and had activated his ARES members earlier.

Columbia County was providing 9-1-1 service for Clatsop County, whose 9-1-1 system was down because of the storm. However, Columbia County 9-1-1 could not make contact with the appropriate Clatsop County agencies and requested communication assistance from ARES.

Amateur Radio Emergency Operators immediately began checking in to the net and spent time establishing communications with Clatsop County, and also with Tillamook County, which was having communication problems as well.

The American Red Cross and Heartnet, the hospital radio network, both utilized the ARES District One network this week. The amateur radio emergency net will be maintained until normal communications have been restored.

Kennemer seeks House post

Bill Kennemer, member and five-time chair of the Clackamas County Commission, has announced plans to run for election to the Oregon House of Representatives.

Rep. Wayne Scott, R-Canby, who represents House District 39 (Canby, Oregon City, Mulino and surrounding areas) is retiring and endorsing Kennemer's candidacy. Kennemer is running as a Republican.

'Bill Kennemer is a solid, long-time member of our community with a proven record of effectiveness and success,' said Scott.

Kennemer has served as a Clackamas County Commissioner since 1997. During his tenure as a commissioner, there were a broad range of achievements such as the building of the sustainable and 'green' Red Soils County Campus, the national award-winning Complete Communities public outreach program, I-205 Light Rail and other transportation improvements along with the reorganization of most county departments.

Prior to serving on the commission he was an Oregon state Senator for 10 years (1987-1996). Kennemer holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and maintained a private practice in the Milwaukie area for nearly 25 years. He left the Senate following his first wife's diagnosis of terminal cancer.

Kennemer is married to Cherie McGinnis. They share four children who all live in Clackamas County. Kennemer has resided for almost 10 years in the rural area between Canby and Oregon City and in Clackamas County since 1974. The Kennemers live in the Canby School District .

'While I've had a successful and effective run as commissioner, it is time to move to new challenges,' said Kennemer. 'Most people agree, the extremism and excessive partisanship of the Legislature is not working. In contrast, I bring a record of experience, success, hard work, common sense, solution-focused, thoughtful, penny-pinching, and people-oriented direction. I look forward to returning to the state Legislature and representing the citizens of House District 39.'

Street SMART seeks folks

Residents, businesspeople and others interested in improving the transportation system in Clackamas County are invited to apply to serve on Street SMART, a new task force being established by the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners to look at transportation funding options.

Street SMART, which stands for Street Safety, Mobility and Reliability Team, will have a short-term, but very important task: To recommend to the commissioners what, if any, transportation funding measures should be put on the May 20, 2008, ballot for county voters to decide.

'We're looking for people with a wide range of interest and expertise in this area,' said Cam Gilmour, director, Clackamas County Department of Transportation and Development.

In order to achieve a balance and countywide representation on the council, applicants from various geographic areas in the county and various ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

Fifteen to 25 Street SMART members will be appointed by the BCC on Dec. 18, and asked to serve through the end of February 2008. Four meetings will be held (approximately one every two weeks) during January and February.

Interested people are asked to complete an application, which is available at http://web3.co.clackamas.or.us/citizenin/app.asp . Applications may be completed and submitted online via the county's Web site, http://web3.co.clackamas.or.us/citize

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The application deadline is Monday, December 10. For more information, contact Ellen Rogalin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-353-4274.

LADPC needs 3 volunteers

Clackamas County Commissioners are seeking three volunteers interested in serving on the county's Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee. Applications are being accepted from anyone interested in identifying needs and priorities for alcohol and drug services in the county and other functions consistent with current Oregon Statutes. To achieve countywide representation, applicants who represent the diversity and geographic areas in the county are encouraged to apply.

The committee meets seven to eight times a year on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

Application deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 15. For more information, contact Karen Erwin at 503-742-5310.

Vacancies open on DDC

Clackamas County Commissioners are seeking three volunteers interested in serving on the county's Developmental Disabilities Council. Volunteers must be consumers receiving services from the Developmental Disabilities Program or family members of those receiving services in Clackamas County or a provider of services to developmentally disabled consumers. Members of the council are appointed for one-, two- or three-year terms and serve in an advisory position to the Clackamas County Developmental Disabilities Program.

Developmental Disabilities Council duties include planning and reviewing programs and recommending policy for Developmental Disabilities Program areas. The council is currently focusing on improving those services for developmentally disabled consumers during a time of system adjustments.

The council meets eight times a year, the third Thursday of the month, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

Application deadline is Dec. 14. For more information, contact Linda Petersen at 503-723-4933.

Nominate a Heritage Tree

Trees play an important role in the history, culture and livability of Clackamas County. They provide shade, wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, erosion control and pollution mitigation. There are also individual trees and groups of trees that are significant to a community because of their size and/or beauty, rarity or association with an historic person or event.

Clackamas County has established a Heritage Tree Program to encourage residents and property owners to identify and protect individual trees or groups of trees that meet one or more of the following qualifications.

n Specimen: A tree of exceptional size, form or rarity, or horticultural value

n Historic: A tree of exceptional age, and/or associated with or contribution to an historic structure or district or with a noted person or historic event

n Landmark: A tree that is a prominent identifying feature of a community

n Collection: A group of trees in a notable grove, avenue or other planting

People who want to nominate one or more trees to be recognized as Clackamas County Heritage Trees are asked to complete a nomination form and submit it to the Clackamas County Planning Division no later than Feb. 15. Nominated trees will be inspected by the county's volunteer certified arborist, Ray Carter, to ensure criteria are met, and then forwarded to the county's Historic Review Board. The Historic Review Board will recommend trees to be recognized to the County Board of Commissioners, which will designate Heritage Trees every year in May (National Historic Preservation Month). Plaques will be awarded to commemorate Heritage Trees.

More information about the Heritage Tree Program and nomination forms are available on the county Web site at www.clackamas.us/transportation/planning/historical or by calling the Planning Division at 503-353-4500.