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Chamber calls for proposals

The Estacada Chamber of Commerce is accepting proposals and applications for a countywide tourism program through Feb. 12.

Proposals must arrive at the chamber office, located in City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St., before 3 p.m. Feb. 12.

The program will provide money for tourism-related projects designed to increase overnight stays in Clackamas County, bring visitors from more than 50 miles away into the community and entice visitors to stay 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 support 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 by paper.

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.. Paper 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.

Groups seek applications for Boys and Girls State

The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary are now accepting applications for the 2016 Boys and Girls State.

The programs are sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, with the goal of increasing high school students’ awareness of governmental processes, while learning about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Experiences may include public speaking while campaigning for public office, drafting and presenting bills for passage in the Boys and Girls State legislature, serving as a lobbyist to help influence decision making, participating in mock trails and a wide variety of workshops and hearing presentations by elected officials and other. The programs is held June 12-16 at Willamette University in Salem.

To be eligible to apply, a student must be a current high school junior, or the equivalent if home schooled. The American Legion or Auxiliary will pay the $300 fee to send a student to the program. There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $50 each paid by the student. The closing date for applications is May 1.

Applications for Boys State are available at www.oregonboystate.com, and application for Girls State at www.alaoregon.org. For further information, contact Douglas or Sharon Jamieson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WIC announces new program

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties have launched a new method for families to get WIC foods. The new “eWIC” program gives families

EBT (electronic benefit transaction) cards, which replaces the paper voucues preiously used to get WIC-approved foods.

"eWIC will be great because it will make shopping for WIC food benefits more convenient and easier for WIC participants and cashiers," said Julie Aalbers, Clackamas County WIC Manager. "It will also simplify enrollment and participation in the WIC program. The Clackamas County WIC program is really excited to bring eWIC to our community."

Additionally, WIC participants can download the new WICShopper smart phone app that allows them to scan an item’s bar code to determine if it is a WIC-allowed food.

Clackamas County has openings for WIC program participants. For further information, call the Clackamas County WIC office at 503-655-8476.