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Fire closes Badger Creek Wilderness Campground

On Oct. 3 a 2-acre fire was discovered in the Badger Creek Wilderness on the Barlow Ranger District on Mt. Hood National Forest.

Helicopters dropped water on Saturday and continued working on Sunday and Monday. The wildfire is estimated to be about 10-12 acres, and the district issued a fire area closure on Monday afternoon.

As of Oct. 6, the fire is approximately 60 acres in size. Steep terrain, limited road access and numerous standing dead trees pose difficulties for firefighter safety. Retardant was dropped on Forest Road 3550, and two helicopters continue to work on the fire.The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Clackamas Community College sponsors Aquaponics Workshop

Clackamas Community College’s Horticulture Department will sponsor an introductory aquaponics workshop.

Aquaponics combines aquaculture and hydroponics to produce food.

The Oct. 10 workshop will cover topics such as water quality, biosecurity and plant and fish health.

It will take place from 8 am to 11:50 am in Clairmont room 117, 19600 Molalla Ave, Oregon City. Cost is $40.

For questions or further information, visit www.clackamas.edu/horticulture or call 503-594-3292.

Phillip Foster Farm announces Family Portrait Event

Phillip Foster Farm has arranged for Portland-based portrait photographer Charles Waugh to create portraits of interested families at the farm, 29912 S.E. Eagle Creek Road. Donating $200 to the farm gets an hour long portrait session. Further details can be found at www.charleswaugh.com.

Community Center calls for volunteers

The Estacada Community Center, 200 S.W. Clubhouse Drive, needs volunteers for a variety of jobs, including Meals on Wheels kitchen and dining room help, answering phones and yard work.

For more information, call 503-630-7454.

Application date extended for disaster loans

Last week, the Secretary of Agriculture designated Clackamas County a disaster area. This means that the county’s nonfarm businesses that suffered financially because of the drought beginning on July 28 are eligible for disaster loan assistance from the Small Business Administration. Businesses have until May 23, 2016 to apply for these loans. For further information, visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov/offices/disaster/dfocw/resources/1490826.

Clackamas County Fair seeks fair theme entries

Clackamas County is seeking entries for its annual fair theme contest. Those interested in participating should consider a theme that best represents the Clackamas County Fair and Clackamas County. Entries should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31.

There is no limit to the number of entries that individuals can submit.

Four to seven finalists will be selected in November. Entries can be emailed, mailed, Facebooked, faxed, tweeted or hand delivered to the Clackamas County Event Center.

PGE Foundation honors county Children’s Center

The PGE Foundation awarded 23 grants totaling $305,000 to nonprofit organizations in Oregon.

The Children’s Center of Clackamas County was awarded $10,000 to enhance family support services to help children and families overcome abuse and more toward a safer future.

National Forest sponsors visitor survey

Beginning this month, U.S. Forest Service interviewers will be present at recreation sites and along service roads on the forest. These interviewers will gather information about your visit to the Mt. Hood National Forest.

The survey is voluntary, and all information is confidential. Interviews will last about 8 minutes. The survey is studying recreation trends and will be used for forest and tourism planning. Other information gathered includes the economic impact of visitors on the local economy. For more information, visit the National Visitor Use Monitoring website at www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum.

Harding Grange announces fall fun weekend

Harding Grange, 21552 S. Fischers Mill Road, will sponsor a craft fair, featuring handcrafted items, artwork, fall produce and more on Oct. 9-10.

Proceeds from the event will support the Grange’s community service activities and building maintenance.

On Oct. 11, the Grange will sponsor an Old Time Fiddlers event. The event is free and will run from 1-4 pm. Doors open at noon. For more information, call 503 631-2012.