Washouts close sections of Clackamas River Trail

Winter storms have caused washouts on sections of Clackamas River Trail No. 715.

Due to extensive damage, the trail is closed 1.8 miles up from Fish Creek Campground and 6 miles below Indian Henry Campground.

Large debris slides have created drop offs of 200 feet or more in these two locations and the steep terrain does not allow for detours.

The damaged trail will require considerable repairs and possibly a log bridge.

According to a press release issued by the Mt. Hood National Forest, the restoration of this trail will be a priority, but the repairs may take months to complete.

Seasonal trail crews will begin work on the trail in May.

Other riverside hikes remain open in the Mt. Hood National Forest such as the Salmon River or Eagle Creek trails.

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Fish hatchery holding weekend open house

Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8.

The hatchery is not usually open to the public on weekends so this open house will give the curious a chance to tour the facility, observe hatchery operations and view coho, winter steelhead and spring chinook in various life stages.

All salmon life stages — eggs, fry, smolts and adults — will be available for viewing.

Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery is 10 miles east of Estacada at 34288 S.E. Rainbow Road at the bottom of the hill. Visit for more information.

NW Natural, EDA send out survey

In an effort to determine the feasibility of bringing natural gas to Estacada, the Estacada Development Association and NW Natural have sent a survey to area businesses.

The brief, confidential survey gathers information on energy usage.

Separate surveys should be filled out for each business location.

Businesses are instructed to return the survey in the provided envelope by Friday, March 14.

For more information contact Audrey Burkhardt at [email protected] 503-226-4211 ext. 5749 or Terra Wilcoxson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-303-8920.

Artists wanted for bike rack project

The Estacada Development Association, Chamber of Commerce and the Estacada Area Arts Commission are inviting artists who live within 100 miles of Estacada to submit a design for a bike rack that will be installed next to the parking lot on the west side of City Hall at the corner of Broadway and Highway 224.

Among other requirements, the rack must accommodate eight bicycles and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The deadline to submit a design application is 5 p.m. Friday, April 4.

Submitted applications will be evaluated by a panel and up to three finalists will develop an outline for the project and participate in an interview with the panel.

The artist selected to design the bike rack will receive $6,750 for the design and fabrication.

For the complete rules on the application process, follow the “Request for Qualifications: Artist-Designed Bike Racks for Estacada Bike Plaza” link on the website.

For more information, call the Chamber at 503-630-3483.

Local schools plan kindergarten roundup

Is your child preparing to enter kindergarten?

Bring them to a kindergarten roundup to learn about the process of starting school.

Clackamas River and Eagle Creek Elementary Schools will hold Kindergarten Round-ups Wednesday, April 2 in their respective buildings.

There will be a parent meeting from 6-6:30 p.m., where you’ll have a chance to meet the teachers and support staff and to learn about the school, the kindergarten program and the registration process. There also will be a question and answer session.

The kindergarten open house is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., during which you and your child can visit the classrooms, tour the building and do an art project.

Registration packets are available in the school office between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization record.

Early registration is encouraged in order to arrange bus transportation.

PAGE seeks production help

PAGE, performing arts group of Estacada, is looking to fill several volunteer positions to help with its upcoming March 13-16 production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Stage Manager Cinnamon Sampair needs two stage hands for a few set changes.

PAGE is looking for a paid food wrangler who can set up and tear down snacks for the cast and crew.

Food Wranglers are needed noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, March 2, 9 and 16; and 5-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, March 10-15.

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