Local news briefs for Jan. 7
Disaster preparation workshop offered
Council seat vacant, applicants sought
The city of Fairview is seeking applicants to fill the vacant City Council seat for Larry Cooper, who died in December.
Interested citizens who are eligible to serve on the City Council can submit the required application on or before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The City Council will review the applications and interview candidates in mid-February. Although subject to change, the current plan is for the City Council to select an individual at its regular City Council meeting Feb. 15.
The selected person will serve in City Council Position 6 until the next election per the City Charter. At that election, Fairview voters will select someone to serve the remaining term of Councilor Larry Cooper, which expires Dec. 31, 2014.
For more information, call City Administrator Joseph Gall at 503-674-6211.
Ski fundraiser benefits Rotary
Hillcrest Ski and Board Shop, 2506 S.E. Burnside Road, is selling discount ski lift tickets to Mt. Hood Meadows for $10, with all proceeds going to support Rotary International.
The ski lift tickets will be valid at Mt. Hood Meadows on Martin Luther King Jr. Day between 2 and 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. Meadows season ticket holders still need to purchase a Rotary ticket to participate in the special hours.
Hillcrest is also offering discounted rentals for ski equipment. Half of all rental fees will be donated to Rotary.
Rotary International is a community service club with 34,000 chapters worldwide, including clubs in Gresham and East County.
For information, call Hillcrest at 503-665-4455 or visit hillcrestsports.com.
Community garden to open
Troutdale's first city-sponsored community garden is accepting applications from interested residents who want a place to grow their own food.
The garden will have an initial 15 plots and be constructed in Sunrise Park next to the entrance on Southwest Hensley Road. Each garden plot is 3-by-10 feet and can be rented for $25. More garden plots may be added if demand warrants it.
A registration form is available at Troutdale City Hall, 104 S.E. Kibling Ave., or on the city's website at troutdaleoregon.gov.
Letter carriers to rally Sunday in Portland
Portland-area letter carriers, postal workers, family members and allies will hold a rally at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland to raise support for tax-free solutions to the postal crisis.
Organizers said they are hoping to build understanding of the Postal Service's funding problems and of two proposed bills in Congress that would help the Postal Service become financially stable again.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is co-sponsoring one bill, Senate Bill 1853, that includes safeguards to prevent the closure of rural post offices, prevent cuts to Saturday delivery and to repeal a pre-funding obligation passed in 2007.
The 2 p.m. rally will be followed by a march from Pioneer Courthouse Square to the Portland Main Post Office at Northwest Hoyt Street and Broadway.