Businesses embrace Cash Mob

The continued drag of the national economy isn’t preventing the Estacada business community from coming up with newer and better ways to promote itself.

For the past six months, the Main Street Promotions Committee has helped put together Cash Mob events. The title is based on flash mobs, where random strangers receive e-mail announcements to gather in public places at a set time.

Cash Mob events are set on the third Saturday of every month. A different merchant is selected to be featured every time, with the location revealed just a couple of days prior.

The rules are simple: show up at 11 a.m., prepare to spend up to $20 at the chosen business, do it in an hour and have fun in the process.

Locations are announced on two websites, three Facebook pages and via several e-mails. They also will be featured in upcoming issues of the Estacada News.

Estacada Cash Mobs are co-sponsored by the Estacada Development Association Main Street Promotions Committee and the Estacada Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Estacada Main Street Manager Gloria Feider Polzin at 503-974-4043 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

County officials swear-in Jan. 7

The swearing-in ceremony of elected officials in Clackamas County will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in Room 409 of the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City.

Four elected officeholders are scheduled to take the oath of office during a formal ceremony, which will be administered by Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Susie L. Norby.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are County Commission Chairman John Ludlow and commissioners Martha Schrader and Tootie Smith as well as County Assessor Bob Vroman.

Ludlow and Smith were elected to office in November. Schrader was elected outright in the May primary. Vroman, District Attorney John Foote and Sheriff Craig Roberts also were re-elected.

For more information, call 503-742-5911.

Land information website upgraded

Clackamas County’s Department of Technology Services reports a major enhancement to its existing online mapping and land information Web application, CMap.

Among many questions that can be answered through CMap are: What’s the assessed value of my property? What school district and what schools serve my home? What is the approximate elevation of my property? What natural hazards might affect my property?

“While we have had CMap around for a long time, this new version really shows what our team of programmers can do with Open Source technologies,” said Dave Cummings, Clackamas County chief information officer.

CMap also provides a map and aerial photos of individual properties. In addition, users can access the assessor’s parcel maps and selected survey documents. CMap is accessible from Clackamas County’s website at

For more information, call 503-723-4814.

Guard Youth Challenge holds graduation for 44th class

Eight people from Clackamas County, including ones from Sandy and Estacada, graduated from the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program, a statewide alternative high school, on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Kevin Long of Sandy and Apache Garcia of Estacada, along with cadets from 57 high schools and 20 Oregon counties, completed a 5-1/2-month residential phase of the program. With 133 cadets, this was the largest graduating class in the Oregon Youth Challenge Program's 44-year history.

“The Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program is an extremely rigorous and rewarding endeavor for every youth who participates,” said Brigadier General Eric Bush, chief of police for the city of Prineville.

Twenty-four of the graduates received high school diplomas while eight earned GEDs, and 101 cadets were able to earn enough credits through the Youth Challenge to return to high school and graduate with their classes.

Oregon Farm Bureau taps county leader

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue, an east Multnomah County berry and nursery stock producer and American Farm Bureau Federation vice president, announced the recent election of Barb Iverson of the Clackamas County Farm Bureau as OFB third vice president.

Iverson was elected to her fifth two-year term as coordinator of OFB’s legislative issue advisory committees. She also assists the OFB president and Board of Directors as requested.

“Farm Bureau benefits greatly from (Iverson’s) leadership, knowledge about farming and dedication to protecting and strengthening Oregon agriculture,” Bushue said.

The OFB House of Delegates elected Iverson at the recent 80th annual meeting in Salem.

Delegates include family farmers and ranchers from many fields of agriculture representing each county Farm Bureau.

Iverson operates the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn.

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