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Chamber seeks tourism grant proposals

Do you have an idea that could bring more tourists to the Estacada area? You may be eligible for some financial support.

Connie Redmond, administrator for the Estacada Chamber of Commerce, announced the tourism committee is soliciting proposals for grants ranging from $500 to $19,500.

The grants are intended to promote overnight stays in Estacada, bringing visitors in from more than 50-miles away, entice visitors to stay longer and to enhance tourism to the area in general.

Redmond said larger projects with vested partners will be given preference and that applicants must demonstrate the project’s sustainability and how it will be funded in the future.

Application packets are available www.estacadachamber.org or at the Chamber office inside City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St.

Hard copies of grant proposals must be dropped off at the Estacada Chamber of Commerce by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. The proposals must be submitted on the application packet form.

Only proposals that comply with the rules and conditions listed in the application packet will be considered.

For more information, email Redmond at estacadachamber@rconnects.com.

City buys a new dump truck

The City Council approved the purchase of a new dump truck for the public works departments.

Out of three bids, Public Works Director Tom Seal recommended the council approve the purchase of a 2015 F650 with dump body from Northside Ford for $73,811 with the purchased financed through Ford Credit with annual payments of $16,915.95 for five years.

In the cover sheet submitted to the council, Seal said the purchase is already included in the adopted 2014-15 budget. The first annual payment will be paid out of the street, water, storm sewer and sewer funds.

The five present councilors unanimously approved the bid during the council meeting on Monday, Oct. 13.

Estacada High School to host college application event

In honor of November being Oregon’s College Application month, Estacada High School will host events 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 7 in which students will participate in a variety of college awareness activities, fill out college application worksheets, wear college paraphernalia, apply to schools and win prizes donated by colleges and local businesses.

The activities will take place in the Estacada High School library.

The College Application events at Estacada High School are supported in part by the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.

The goal, said ASPIRE College and Career Coordinator Mary Ann Bugni, is to have 50 percent of the senior class submit applications by the end of the event.

Mt. Hood National Forest invites public input on road analysis

The Mt. Hood National Forest announced it will hold a series of meetings to gather public input on its road systems.

Under the U.S. Forest Service Travel Management Rule, forest officials must prepare a plan by the end of 2015 on how to make forest road systems less costly and more ecologically stable while still providing adequate access to public lands.

Mt. Hood National Forest officials are conducting a travel analysis to inform road system decisions.

There will be a series of public meetings to discuss the analysis process and access needs in an informal setting with Forest Service personnel and leadership in Parkdale, Dufur, Estacada and Zig Zag.

The Estacada meeting is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Clackamas River Ranger District Office.

Forest Service documents on the analysis process, comment forms and maps are available at tinyurl.com/mthoodtap.

Citizens may also call the Public Affairs Office with questions at 503-668-1791.

Former prosecutor speaks to Estacada students

Monte Stiles, a former state and federal drug prosecutor, addressed Estacada junior high and high school students during assemblies on Monday, Oct. 20.

Stiles shared anecdotes from his personal and professional life about the negative impacts drug use has on the user and society at large.

“Drug abuse, unlike what some people say, is not a victimless crime,” Stiles told the students.

In his 28 years as a state and federal drug prosecutor, Stiles had a lot of experience to choose from.

His stories were tragic and at times graphic (think up-close photos of “crank bugs” or wounds meth addicts create when removing hallucinatory insects from their skin).

But Stiles was careful to end on a positive note.

After all the horror he’d seen in his career, Stiles found solace witnessing the beauty of nature through a camera lens.

Now an accomplished nature photographer, Stiles reminded the students to see the beauty in life.

He reminded the students of all the things they could do besides drugs hiking, swimming, running, etc.

“One of the saddest things I know about human nature is the use of boredom as an excuse to do stupid things,” he said.

“This is my prayer for you guys, is that you choose the good things in life,” he concluded.

Need help for the holidays?

Adopt A Family is accepting applications from Estacada, Eagle Creek and Colton families in need of a little help for the holiday season.

The program matches sponsors with families in crisis or with limited income to provide basic clothing and household needs.

Adopt A Family volunteers are accepting applications from families in need 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 21. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Estacada Public Library. Applicants who speak only Spanish should come by 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, when the volunteers hope to have a translator available.

The program may serve a maximum of 125 families this year. Preference will be given to families who have not been a part of the program before and families in severe crisis, although all limited income families are invited to apply.

Sponsors will drop off gifts from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 17-18 at the Estacada Community Center.

Adopted families will come to the Community Center to pick up their gifts 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. They will be required to show some identification or mail delivered to their local address.

Adopt A Family is also seeking sponsors to adopt families in need and volunteers. For more information call Janet Kiger-Hellard at 503-630-7433.

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