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High School shuffles office staff

Estacada High School Principal Scott Sullivan has announced that the school will reconfigure its office staff for the 2014-15 year.

Effective July 1, Ryan Carpenter will assume athletic director duties in addition to being vice principal.

“Mr. Carpenter is a highly effective and well-organized educator, who has a strong background in athletics, and a strong focus on learning and we are confident that he will effectively manage these two roles,” Sullivan said.

“I am going to need your love, patience and support as I take on this newly given challenge,” Carpenter wrote in an email. "Most of you know Estacada Athletics is near and dear to my heart. As I think about the demands of this new role, I am thankful to have been a working member of this strong coaching cohort for the past five years.”

“We are lucky to have so many great coaches and I hope to continue to support their developing programs and philosophies,” Carpenter continued. “I think Brigham Baker did a wonderful job organizing the department amidst a very challenging year. He is owed great thanks for his services.”

Baker, a P.E. and health teacher and the former head coach for the Estacada High School Football Team, was named in November 2013 to fill the position for the remainder of the school year.

Sullivan also announced that Jim Carey will work with students struggling in school for disciplinary or attendance issues in order to relieve Carpenter of some of his non-athletic duties.

Carey will be given the new title of Intervention Counselor.

The school is seeking a new student-centered counselor to fill Carey's former position.

The school also will add an hourly custodian/grounds worker to assist with field preparation and gym set up.

Auditorium program launched, donations sought

With the Estacada School Board's approval of the project to improve lighting for the Estacada Auditorium at the Junior High, construction will begin shortly.

The second group of participants in the Ford Institute Leadership Program in Estacada have selected the auditorium for its project.

“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 auditorium, though housed in the Junior High, has long served as a community performance space.

In addition to being the site of around 50 school performances a year, groups such as the Estacada Area Arts Commission, Estacada Together and the Performing Arts Group of Estacada (PAGE) also bring numerous events to the venue.

Construction will start this month and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for September.

Fundraising efforts for the project are under way; donations of money and in-kind services are being sought.

Checks should be made payable to Estacada Together and sent to Connie Redmond c/o Estacada Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 298, 475 S.E. Main Street, Estacada, OR, 97023.

For more information, contact EstacadaAuditorium@gmail.com, of like the Lights On Estacada's Auditorium page on Facebook.

by: CONTRIBUTED - Eagle Creek Elementary Principal Dan Draper accepted his doctorate of education at a ceremony at the Moda Center on Sunday, June 15. Pictured from left: Greta, Melanie, Dan, and Mack Draper.

Principal Dan Draper is now “Dr. Draper”

Dan Draper, principal of Eagle Creek Elementary, is officially a doctor of education.

Draper earned the degree through Portland State University.

In addition, the university recognized Draper with a Community Engagement Student Achievement Award.

Estacada children win Presidents Award for Educational Excellence

James and Donna Settje of Estacada were honored with the President's Award for Educational Excellence.

The award is given by school principals to recognize students' academic success in the classroom.

James will be a fifth-grader and Donna will be an eighth-grader at Grace Lutheran School in Portland this fall.

by: COURTESY OF CLACKAMAS RIVER BASIN COUNCIL - Danielle and Lee Folliard enjoy the Tour de Clack on Saturday, June 14.

Cyclists tour the Clack

The Clackamas River Basin Council hosted its annual Tour de Clack bike ride on Saturday, June 14.

Approximately 50 cyclists took part in the 30- and 50-mile route tours past restoration projects in the Clackamas River watershed.

Council employees and partners staffed check points to give information on the featured projects such as the vegetated bioswale at the Estacada Public Library near Wade Creek, a planting project along Eagle Creek and fish habitat restoration on Delph and Spring creeks.

Clackamas River Basin Council offers guided hike

On Saturday, June 21, Clackamas River Basin Council board member Bryon Boyce will lead hikers along a diverse 8-mile route that crosses several high elevation passes and hillsides varying from dry rocky huckleberry fields to lush wet meadows, finally reaching the open top of Thunder Mountain at 5,185 feet.

There is a stunning view from the top, with Mount Hood to the north, Fish Creek Mountain to the east, Olallie Butte to the southeast and Mount Jefferson to the south.

Hikers will get to see wildflowers and interesting geologic features remaining in this once-volcanic area.

The route includes abandoned and active trails and decommissioned roads.

Hikers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Oregon City Shopping Center, 1900 Mcloughlin Blvd. in Oregon City. Park in the lot adjacent to the entrance near the bank.

This is an all-day hike. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water, a camera, bug spray and a lunch. Layer clothing is a good idea as temperatures in the upper watershed are cooler than in town. Wear appropriate footwear.

RSVP to Morgan Parks at morgan@clackamasriver.org or call 503-303-4372, ext. 101.

Hidden Oaks Llama Ranch to host national event

Hidden Oaks Llama Ranch will host the Annual Back Country Llama Rendezvous and Drive-In, a national gathering of working llamas, Friday-Sunday, June 27-29.

Activities will be held at the Hidden Oaks Llama Ranch in Estacada or in Milo McIver State Park.

Learning to pack with llamas is the focus of this year’s event. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Expert llama trainers and packers will teach techniques and facilitate llama handling experience.

Other features of the event include:

  • Cart pulling llamas and their trainers will be present to share their knowledge. People are encouraged to bring their own carts and driving llamas to participate if they would like.

  • There will be a trail course with obstacles to help train pack llamas.

  • A Pack Llama Trial Association (PLTA) pack trial for basic and advanced levels will be held during the event. PLTA officials will be present to explain the requirements for certification and to discuss the goals of the association.

    The event costs $40 per adult and $10 for ages 10-18. Group discounts, a 50 percent discount for 4-H and FFA members, and an optional family rate of $90 are also available. Permitting, insurance, food, attendance and participation in events throughout the weekend are included in the price, though registration fees increase after Thursday, June 12.

    For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.rattlesnakeridgeranch.com/rendezvous_2014.htm.

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