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Man killed in tree felling accident

An Estacada man was killed while attempting to fell a tree Thursday, July 10, on the Mt. Hood National Forest.

According to a press release issued by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, a group of campers were cutting firewood along U.S. Forest Service Road 4630 about a mile from Lake Harriet.

Authorities say the group was improperly felling a dead 130-150-foot-long Douglas fir tree when the incident happened.

The press release states that the group was using a chain saw to cut the tree. As the tree fell, the rotten top of the tree broke off and fell, fatally injuring Arthur Canada, 64, of

Estacada.

Medical responders were unable to save him.

The Sheriff’s Office and Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s office are investigating.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash

Eric L. Colliander, 38, of Estacada was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash on Saturday evening.

According to a press release issued by the Oregon State Police, Colliander was westbound on Highway 224 near milepost 31 east of Estacada around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, when his motorcycle left the road and went into a ditch.

Colliander, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle into boulders bordering the highway.

The press release states that alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

Colliander was taken by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Oregon State Police, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69 responded to the scene.

The highway was closed for about an hour after the accident.

Colliander was cited for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Forest Service closes three roads for renovation

The Mt. Hood National Forest announced that it was temporarily close three roads for maintenance starting Tuesday, July 15.

Forest Service Road 4630 with access to Harriet Lake will be partially closed through Oct. 31.

PGE will construct a 36 inch diameter steel pipeline and a high-density polyethylene pipe in the area in an effort to make base flow releases to the Oak Grove Fork below Lake Harriet Dam.

The project is required by PGE’s license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to operate the Clackamas River Hydroelectric Project.

One lane of Road 4630 will be closed for the duration of the project.

Harriet Lake may still be accessed by taking Forest Service Road 57, which already is the preferred route.

Forest Service Road 63 ten miles south of Ripplebrook will be completely closed through Aug. 31.

The forest service is putting in a new culvert at Happy Creek to better accommodate severe flood conditions and to improve fish passage in Happy Creek.

Another culvert replacement will close Forest Service Road 4611 south of Estacada through Aug. 31.

The forest service will replace the Winslow Creek Culvert near Mile Post 1.5, a few miles southeast of Ladee Flats.

The trail system to Ladee Flats won’t be affected, but vehicular access to the trailhead for Huxley Lake off of Road 4611 will be hindered.

However, trail No. 521 still gives access to Huxley Lake.

“Lights On” seeks donations

Fundraising is under way for the “Lights On” project, which will light the entry to the historic Estacada Auditorium in the Estacada Junior High School.

Though located on school property, the auditorium is used for numerous community events.

“The purpose of this community project is to purchase and install exterior lighting in order to provide a safer and more vibrant entry experience, increase visibility to passing motorists, and enhance the ability to attract additional performances to our historic auditorium,” Darian Krieter, a Ford Institute Leadership Program participant, wrote in an email.

The project is supported by the Ford Family Foundation, Estacada Area Literary Foundation, Estacada Community Foundation, the city of Estacada, Estacada Together, the Performing Arts Group of Estacada (PAGE) and volunteers.

According to a press release issued on July 9, organizers are still about $3,000 short of the project goal.

Donations are being sought. Checks should be made payable to Estacada Together, PO Box 547, Estacada, OR 97023.

Checks may also be dropped off at City Hall c/o Connie Redmond or may be dropped off at the Estacada Public Library c/o Johnni Reynolds.

The press release states that a preliminary diagram of the electrical plan has been completed and Team Electric Company has been selected as the contractor.

Installation is tentatively planned for Aug. 15-16 pending school district approval.

Stephen Shibley will donate part of his time as the

landscape contractor for the project.

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