Unger schedules coffees

New Washington County state Rep. Ben Unger has scheduled his first constituent coffees in late January.

Unger, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Katie Eyre in the District 29 race in the 2012 general election. He has been assigned to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, the Land Use Committee, and the Natural Resources Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, where he serves as co-chair.

Unger is inviting the public to attend the coffees and discuss legislative priorities and the future of Washington County. He said increasing school funding was a top priority during the election.

The times and locations are:

Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to noon, at Insomnia Coffee, 5389 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro.

Sunday, Jan. 27, noon to 1 p.m., BJ’s Coffee, 2834 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove.

Sunday, Jan. 27, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Starbucks, 1882 Baseline St., Cornelius.

Trail funds sought

The Yamhelas Westsider Trail committee is trying to raise funds to buy an abandoned Union Pacific Railroad right of way for a “rails to trails” project.

The 17-mile rail line extends from McMinnville to the Hagg Lake turnoff north of Gaston in Washington County.

Organizers want to develop the railroad line for pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian use, and connect it to the Banks-Vernonia and Tillamook trails.

The committee is seeking grant funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation, and fears that if money isn’t obtained, the railroad right of way will be broken up and sold in pieces, rendering it impossible to assemble the corridor for public use.

For more information, contact city of Carlton Mayor Kathie Oriet, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-852-7206.

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