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Seat belt blitz

The Cornelius Police Department, in conjunction with more than 100 other law enforcement agencies throughout the Northwest, has additional patrols working a two-week targeted traffic enforcement “blitz” dedicated to enforcing proper safety-belt and child-restraint use.

Enforcement of laws against traveling with minors in pickup beds will also be a priority.

According to Cornelius Police Department Lt. Joe Noffsinger, unrestrained occupants are five times more likely to be ejected out of a vehicle than those who are restrained.

“They can also be thrown against other passengers and injure them during a crash or sharp swerve,” he added. “Risk of ejection is greatest in rollover crashes and is the principal reason that minors are prohibited from riding in the open bed of a pickup truck.”

As defined under Oregon law, the open bed of a truck is an external part of a motor vehicle, and a person under the age of 18 may not ride in the bed of a pickup truck. According to Noffsinger, however, there are a few exceptions.

“If the minor is secure with an approved seat belt system while in the bed of a truck, or is riding in the bed during an organized parade, it is not a violation,” he said.

Another exception to the law is if all other seats in the cab are occupied by minors and the tailgate is secure, and the minor is being transported either in the scope of his or her employment or between a hunting camp and a hunting site or between hunting sites during hunting season and the minor has a hunting license.

The enforcement focus began May 20 and continues through June 2.

Training grants to help small-business owners

The city of Forest Grove is partnering with the Portland region’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide two $1,000 grants for a Small Business Development Management program beginning Wednesday, June 12.

The monthly, 10-session class trains small-business owners how to build and formalize their business and includes 20 hours of one-on-one advising on sales and marketing, operations, finance, strategy and legal issues.

Grant awardees must match the grant with $200 toward the $1,200 program.

The comprehensive business-management class runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Portland Community College’s Willow Creek campus, near 185th Avenue and Baseline Road in Hillsboro.

To be eligible, candidates must have been in business for at least one year, in Forest Grove, and have five or fewer employees. Home businesses are also eligible.

Applications are due June 7. To apply, or for more information on this and other small-business assistance, contact the city’s economic development manager, Jeff King, at 503-992-3293 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Apply now for heritage training scholarship

Applications for the Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship are now available. The scholarship provides financial assistance for a preservation-related conference, workshop or training between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. Eligible expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging and meals.

Candidates should be actively involved in local preservation efforts and able to explain how the grant will help them meet their community’s preservation needs. Scholarships are offered twice a year. The deadline for this first round of applications is June 14. Next deadline will be December 2. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-986-0670. Or visit oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/Scholarships.aspx.

Rangers gear up for State Parks Day

Saturday, June 1, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the 15th annual State Parks Day by offering free tent, RV and horse camp sites, as well as free day-use parking at state parks throughout Oregon. People who reserve their sites through oregonstateparks.org (two days or more ahead of time) or by 5 p.m. May 30 through Reservations Northwest (1-800-452-5687) will need to pay $8, which is the cost to make a reservation, even for the free night.

State Parks Day will kick off Oregon Outdoors Week, a new initiative that links other statewide and national events promoting outdoor recreation, including the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Free Fishing Weekend, National Trails Day and National Get Outdoors Day.

This year’s State Parks Day theme is “Let’s Go,” a state program which includes low-cost camping, birding, disc golfing, hiking and paddling activities. From noon to 2 p.m., L.L. Stub Stewart State Park north of Banks hosts a $10-per-person, Let’s Go Disc Golfing event limited to 12 participants. Register by calling 1-888-953-7677. Disc golfers will meet at Dairy Creek Camp West and wear sturdy shoes.