Clarkes road project clears hurdle

A proposal to renovate the Clarkes Four Corners intersection is one step closer to reality after the Clackamas County Planning Commission recommended to county commissioners last week that the project be a top priority.

Planning commissioners voted 8-0 to refer a slate of projects for further consideration by the Board of County Commissioners. The projects were part of a newly proposed Transportation System Plan, which lists projects in three priority levels covering the next 20 years.

A citizen committee that created the transportation plan had put the intersection of Beavercreek Road with Windy City and Unger roads in the top tier of recommended projects even before local residents this year began lobbying anew to get county officials to fix the intersection. The site has seen a variety of crashes over several decades, and locals reportedly have been asking for changes since the 1960s.

County commissioners have scheduled public hearings on the planning commission recommendation for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 4, and for 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Both hearings are in the commissioners hearing room on the fourth floor of the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City.

For more information about the plan or the upcoming hearings, call Karen Buehrig at 503-742-4683.

Schools chiefs swap jobs for a day

The principals at Clarkes and Mulino elementary schools swapped jobs last week, serving lunches to students at their counterparts’ schools. The switch was part of a prize for winning a contest over which school’s students could read the most.

Clarkes students read nearly one more book per student over a two week period than did students at Mulino. In recognition, the Clarkes students got an extra recess, and Mulino principal Alan Willey came to Clarkes to serve students lunch. Clarkes principal Michael Nickless traded the favor by serving lunch to students at Mulino.

Change coming for Clarkes-Highland News

Reporting the Clarkes-Highland news over the last three and a half years has been a great experience. It’s let me get to know many more wonderful people around our community, and the Molalla area in general.

I regret I can’t keep writing this column forever. Just mentally wrestling during the last couple months with how long I could keep writing it has led to a heartfelt and flustering sense of loss. I appreciate, and am humbled by, the trust and consideration that readers have shown, taking my thoughts and words into their homes and businesses, and asking me to report their news and events.

Nonetheless, since beginning the column in 2010, I have had both the good fortune and the misfortune of taking on many other community and career tasks. Good fortune because I’ve enjoyed the faith that fellow community members have put in my ability to work for and serve them. Misfortune because my ability to meet my family’s needs has diminished as I’ve taken on greater responsibility.

The Pioneer, of course, will continue to carry news of the goings-on in the Clarkes-Highland area. However, the next issue of my column, in the Nov. 27 edition, will carry my last regular submission to the Pioneer.

Editor Peggy Savage would be grateful to hear from anyone who has the time and ability to gather and report our community news. Until then, Peggy will report our local news herself, and will always welcome hearing directly from local residents.

To reach Peggy, call the Pioneer office at 503-829-2301.

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