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Local news briefs for July 23

Fairview hosts Night Out event

Fairview will host its fifth annual National Night Out event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Community Park next to Fairview City Hall on Village Street. 

National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event designed to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. In addition to the Fairview Police Department, which will have a Taser demonstration, members of a SWAT team, a police K-9 unit, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will explain the role their organizations play in crime prevention. Kids can tour emergency vehicles on site. Free hot dogs, chips and soda will be provided. There will also be prize raffles and live entertainment.

Fairview will also host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross. Interested donors can contact the city by calling 503-674-6210 for blood donation appointments.

The admission is free, with a suggested donation of two cans of non-perishable food. Call Devree Leymaster at 503-674-6202 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

Blue Lake swim beach closes

Metro closed the swim beach at Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview Thursday, July 21, because of a blue-green algae bloom.

The Oregon Department of Human Services advises people to stay out of the water and keep their pets away when a bloom is present. In addition, eating fish caught during a bloom can pose a health risk.

Metro regularly tests the lake water and additional testing is under way.

The Blue Lake spray ground is open and uses water from the park's wells and local aquifer. The water is recycled through an on-site water treatment facility to ensure the water is safe for play.

Visit oregonmetro.gov for more information.

Local businesses do well in alcohol-sales sting

The results of a recent sting operation show fewer Gresham businesses are selling alcohol to minors.

For the last two months, the Gresham Police Department's Special Enforcement Team used underage decoys from the Police Cadet program to target establishments selling alcohol to minors, said Sgt. Wally Coon, Gresham police spokesman.

Of the 98 retail alcohol establishments targeted, 12 sold alcohol to the decoys, he said.

'The number of establishments selling alcohol to minors has diminished over the last several years,' said Chief Craig Junginger. 'I believe this is due to the diligence of the police's work conducting awareness programs and regular enforcement of violations.'

The sting was timed to coincide with the end of the school year and summer vacation because minors at parties and events may consume alcohol.

Businesses that sold alcohol to the decoys were issued citations. Business owners in violation can face a fine up to $1,900, suspension of their liquor license and other penalties.

Linemen will strut their stuff during rodeo

The 18th annual Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Gresham's PGE Linneman Substation, 3450 W. Powell Blvd.

More than 80 professional electric utility linemen from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and other western states will test their speed, safety, skill and strength for top ranking at the event.

Teams will compete in challenging events like hurt-man rescue and the pole climb with a raw egg.

While competitions for linemen and apprentices take top billing at this event, the rodeo offers family fun including bucket-truck rides, face painting, a women's pole climb, which is open to non-linemen. The event includes a door-prize fundraiser benefiting the Oregon Burn Center. There's free parking and refreshments available for purchase.

IBEW Local 125, IBEW Local 659, PGE, Pacific Power and Clark Public Utilities sponsor the event, considered one of the most challenging lineman rodeos in the country.

The rodeo is open to the public and admission is free. For more information about the event, visit PNWLinemanRodeo.com.

Day in Damascus set for July 30

The Kiwanis of Damascus/Boring is hosting the 16th annual Day in Damascus - a festival focusing on family fun, entertainment and food - from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

All proceeds support the Damascus Centennial Park, owned and maintained by the Damascus Civic Club, and other community service activities of Kiwanis in Damascus and Boring.

The festivities begin in Damascus Centennial Park, 20100 S.E. Highway 212 just off the intersection of Foster Road behind the fire station. Attractions include a climbing wall, a dunk tank, pony rides, bounce houses, target games, fishing ponds and construction projects.

Free games include a hunt for candy in the hay, an egg toss and a water-balloon toss, a petting zoo, a dog show, clowns who perform face painting and more.

The event includes local artists, farmers markets, a safety fair, plenty of food and live entertainment throughout the day, plus a post-event barbecue dinner and music starting at 5 p.m.

For more information, go to dayindamascus.org.

Bloodmobile plans stop at Damascus event

An American Red Cross bloodmobile will be available for donations as part of Day in Damascus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The bloodmobile will be in the fire station parking lot next to Damascus Centennial Park.

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code DayinDamascus, or call the American Red Cross at 503-528-5603.

The Pacific Northwest's region of the American Red Cross last week issued an urgent appeal for blood donors to counteract the typical drop in donations during the busy summer months.

Demand is especially high for O negative blood, which can be used to treat any patient.