City workers clean, adopt B Street Trail

As part of Forest Grove Public Employees Spring Service Day April 6, members of the city employees union, AFSCME Local 3786, cleaned up the B Street Trail.

After spending a day last autumn raking leaves, trimming shrubbery and removing hundreds of pounds of leaves and sticks from the trail area, members of the union decided to officially ask the city if they could adopt the park.

“We did a volunteer day in the fall just to give back to the community and spruce up a trail that everyone uses a lot,” said union President Marvin Vandervelden. “We have informed the city that we will be doing regular cleanings of the trail.”

Local union members Marcey Ranes, Audra Stoutt, James Reitz, Scott Peters and Melissa Vandecoevering, as well as Sharon Cox of Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, were instrumental in the planning and execution of the service day last month.

Driver card set for 2014

A new driving card authorized by Oregon lawmakers this year — which allows the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driving privileges to people who cannot prove lawful presence in the U.S. but meet all other Oregon driver licensing requirements — will not be available until January 2014.

The legislation, Senate Bill 833, was signed into law May 1. It specifically applies to those who can prove their identity, age and address in Oregon and who can pass driver knowledge and skills tests and pay fees.

“We have about seven months to implement this law,” said DMV Administrator Tom McClellan. For more information, check

North Plains Library seeks board member

The North Plains Library Board has a vacancy for a four-year term, July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017. The library board meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the library, 31360 N.W. Commercial St. in North Plains. Board member responsibilities setting policies, goals and objectives for the operation of the library. Applicants for this vacancy may reside outside North Plains city limits. Applications are available online at Submit your application to City Hall, 31360 N.W. Commercial St. in North Plains.


Rob Ward, a former officer with the Hillsboro Police Department, did not resign from his position, as a story in the May 8 issue of the News-Times reported. Rather, according to HPD records, he retired. The News-Times regrets the error.

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