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Young artists invited to "Kids' Art in the Park"

Students in kindergarten through high school are invited to sell their arts and crafts at a “Kids’ Art in the Park” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Wade Creek Park, 677 N.W. Wade St. Applications are available at www.cityofestacada.org and are due by Friday, July 29. The event is sponsored by the Estacada Parks and Recreation Commission.

Fire district responds to residential incident

On Sunday, July 24, a small exterior fire spread to the wall of a home on South Stormer Road in Estacada and was put out with a fire extinguisher by the occupant. Estacada and Clackamas Fire Crews were dispatched to the incident to verify that the fire was put out and had not spread. There were no injuries.

Fire district honors Ruegg

At a Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, July 21, real estate broker Cody Ruegg was honored for a donation to the Estacada Rural Fire District's Rescue Memorial Fund. Ruegg, a broker with the John L. Scott Real Estate in Sandy, helped facilitate the sale of fire district property at the intersection of Southeast Divers Road and Southeast Kemp Road.

Ruegg informed Chief John Morrisey he wished to give back to the community and said he would give his commission to the fire district's Rescue Memorial Fund. This fund is used to purchase rescue and emergency medical equipment and managed by the Estacada Volunteer Fire Association.

The property was originally acquired by the fire district in August 1973 for the purpose of building a small fire station. During a 2015 study conducted by Emergency Services Consulting International in 2015, it was determined that this property would be too difficult of a location to develop and construct a fire station upon.

The property sold in June 2016 for $150,000 and Cody's check for $3,000 was deposited into the fund.

County’s Emergency Management Department announces name change

The Clackamas County Emergency Management Department will now be known as the Disaster Management Department.

The change took place to better reflect the primary goal of the department, which is to minimize the impact of natural and human-caused incidents, such earthquakes, floods and hazardous materials incidents.

“We want the public to know that a county department is dedicated to preparing for the unthinkable, so that we can help those in need as effectively as possible,” Disaster Management Director Nancy Bush said in a press release. “Natural disasters are on the minds of our residents.

Within the last several months, the department has spoken to community groups about disaster preparation and coordinated county staffer participation in the massive mock earthquake scenario “Cascadia Rising.” The department’s webpage, www.clackamas.us/emergency, offers information on ways residents can be proactive before, during and after a disaster.

County seeks advisory board members

Clackamas County Commissioners are seeking interested residents to serve on the Board of Property Tax Appeals, one of the county’s advisory boards. The board has eight openings, each of which has a one-year term ending June 30, 2017.

Applicants should be county residents who are willing to attend mandatory training for one day in January, and tax appeal hearings that will be held Monday through Thursday from Feb. 1 through potentially April 15, depending on the volume of tax appeals filed. Board members are compensated for these hearings.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Applicants should plan to attend an interview with County Clerk Sherry Hall. For further information, please contact Board of Property Tax Appeals Deputy Clerk Michael Newgard at 503-655-8662.