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Mayor wins state award

Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax recently won a Mayor’s Leadership Award in the large city category at the Oregon Mayors Association summer conference.

Truax was selected for the award to honor his work on Forest Grove’s Urban Renewal Agency, advocating for new businesses, forming the city’s sustainability commission, and organizing a youth leadership trip to Washington, D.C. He has also advocated for funding for public safety and county libraries. In addition, Truax participated in discussions about the Legislature's Grand Bargain, a 2013 and 2014 land-use negotiation in the Portland metro area.

Donate food to the Banks food bank

HealthSource Chiropractic Progressive Rehab & Wellness is helping the Banks food bank. Drop off canned goods at 10355 N.W. Glencoe Road, suite B, in North Plains. Donate 40 items and enter to win prizes such as gift cards.

Richard Kidd IV gets new title

President Barack Obama recently announced that he intends to nominate Forest Grove native Richard Kidd IV as the executive director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC).

FPISC staff are responsible for modernizing and streamlining permitting for federal departments ranging from the Department of Agriculture to the U.S. Coast Guard to the Department of Energy.

Kidd, who spoke recently at the Forest Grove Rotary about energy-efficiency efforts in the U.S. Army, graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1982 and is the son of Forest Grove City Councilor Richard Kidd III and Christine Kidd. He is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy & Sustainability.