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County officials swear-in Jan. 7

The swearing-in ceremony of elected officials in Clackamas County will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in Room 409 of the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City.

Four elected officeholders are scheduled to take the oath of office during a formal ceremony, which will be administered by Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Susie L. Norby.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are County Commission Chairman John Ludlow and commissioners Martha Schrader and Tootie Smith as well as County Assessor Bob Vroman.

Ludlow and Smith were elected to office in November. Schrader was elected outright in the May primary. Vroman, District Attorney John Foote and Sheriff Craig Roberts also were re-elected.

For more information, call 503-742-5911.

State of City coming Jan. 9

The annual State of the City address will be given at January’s monthly luncheon of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.

Scheduled to speak to this topic are Sandy Mayor Bill King and City Manager Scott Lazenby.

The luncheon will be held at noon Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Sandy Fire Department Annex, immediately west of the fire department’s main station on Bruns Avenue.

The catered luncheon is priced at $12, and because of limited seating, reservations are requested by calling 503-668-4006.

First Friday names winners

Winners of the contest held during the December First Friday event have been announced.

The Search for the Grinch game produced three winners, reports Sandy Jordan of the Main Street Promotion Committee.

Krys Jones won a basket of hair products from Lynn Cabe at Overall Outlook in Boring.

The Smith family won a $100 gift certificate from Linda Bouchard at Mt. Hood Nutrition in Sandy.

Roz Rushing won earrings from Heather Michet at Iris Healing Arts in Sandy.

Land information website upgraded

Clackamas County’s Department of Technology Services reports a major enhancement to its existing online mapping and land information Web application, CMap.

Among many questions that can be answered through CMap are: What’s the assessed value of my property? What school district and what schools serve my home? What is the approximate elevation of my property? What natural hazards might affect my property?

“While we have had CMap around for a long time, this new version really shows what our team of programmers can do with Open Source technologies,” said Dave Cummings, Clackamas County chief information officer.

CMap also provides a map and aerial photos of individual properties. In addition, users can access the assessor’s parcel maps and selected survey documents. CMap is accessible from Clackamas County’s website at cmap.clackamas.us.

For more information, call 503-723-4814.

Two one-way streets reversed

In advance of the opening of Sandy’s Transit Center, the direction of travel on two one-way streets, Hoffman and Revenue avenues, has been reversed.

Hoffman Avenue between the boulevards now allows travel only in the northbound direction — the same direction buses will begin traveling Jan. 7, 2013.

At the same time, Revenue Avenue between the boulevards now allows travel only in the southbound direction.

City needs help on planning panel

The city of Sandy is recruiting to fill two vacancies on its Planning Commission.

Planning commissioners review land-use applications and advise the City Council on legislative changes.

If interested, submit a letter describing your interest in the position and any special qualifications you have that could apply to this work.

Letters are due by Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

Letters should be addressed to Tracy Brown, planning and development director, city of Sandy, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy 97055, or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, call Brown at 503-668-4886.

Road district established in Government Camp

After being approved by Government Camp voters, a road district was officially formed December 6, by the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.

The district will provide funding to maintain all public roads, roadside drainage, sidewalk snow removal, street lighting and signage in the community.

Residents and visitors to Government Camp now can be assured that sidewalks will be clear of snow, streetlights and signs will remain in good condition and other infrastructure will be well-maintained.

The new road district is expected to raise about $65,000 in its first year, based on an assessment of 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value on area owners. It will be managed by a board made up of local residents Ed Rogers, Ulla Brunnette and Hans Wipper.

Government Camp has seen more than 40 major infrastructure improvement projects in recent years, primarily because of an urban renewal district established in 1989. For more information, contact Dave Queener at 503-742-4322 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Guard Youth Challenge holds graduation for 44th class

Eight people from Clackamas County, including ones from Sandy and Estacada, graduated from the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program, a statewide alternative high school, on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Kevin Long of Sandy and Apache Garcia of Estacada, along with cadets from 57 high schools and 20 Oregon counties, completed a five month residential phase of the program. With 133 cadets, this was the largest graduating class in the Oregon Youth Challenge Program's 44-year history.

“The Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program is an extremely rigorous and rewarding endeavor for every youth who participates,” said Brigadier General Eric Bush, chief of police for the city of Prineville.

Twenty-four of the graduates received high school diplomas while eight earned GEDs, and 101 cadets were able to earn enough credits through the Youth Challenge to return to high school and graduate with their classes.