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Parks & Rec offers free First Day hikes

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is offering free guided hikes New Year's Day at Milo McIver and other state parks. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

The hike at Milo McIver will begin at 10 a.m. at the lower boat launch parking lot in the Riverbend day-use area. It will be a moderate two-mile hike on the Maple Ridge Trail and will feature discussion of various wild edibles found within the park.

For more information, contact 503-887-3160.

County seeks reports of storm damages

Clackamas County Emergency Management is collecting preliminary information regarding damage to individual and business property related to the Dec. 7-9 storms. This includes damage from flooding, rain and mudslides.

Damage to individual property must be to a primary residence and not covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy. When reporting such damages, residents should not include secondary homes, recreational homes, detached garages or storage buildings, as they are not eligible for disaster assistance.

This initial assessment is not a guarantee that financial assistance will be available. Forms are available at www.clackamas.us/emergency/. For further information, contact Clackamas County Emergency Management at 503-655-8378.

Chamber calls for proposals

The Estacada Chamber of Commerce will accept proposals and applications for a countywide tourism program from Jan. 4 through Feb. 12.

Proposals must arrive at the chamber office, which is located in City Hall, before 3 p.m. Feb. 12.

The program will provide funding for tourism-related projects that will increase overnight stays in Clackamas County, bring visitors from more than 50 miles away into the community, and entice visitors to linger longer.

The chamber board and tourism committee are particularly interested in seeing proposals that will have a broad impact, promote the entire area rather than a single event or business, and supports a recently completed branding effort by the City of Estacada.

Specific information regarding availability and requirements is in the application packet, which is available electronically or in hard copy. To receive an electronic copy, applicants are asked to email requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hard copy packets will be available at the Chamber office 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Proposals will be reviewed by the chamber's tourism committee and selected in April.