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Ski patrol needs new recruits

The Mt. Hood Ski Patrol is looking for recreation enthusiasts with a heart for volunteer work at the group’s annual tryouts early next month.

Leaders of the group are searching for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels who would like to join the more than 300 volunteers who provide rescue and emergency services on Mount Hood.

The tryouts are Sunday, March 3, and include a morning meeting and introduction at patrol headquarters in Government Camp, participation in a personal interview and a challenging ski test at Mt. Hood Skibowl.

Participants who are accepted into the apprentice-training program will spend the season gaining necessary first aid and on-hill training to become a full patroller.

There are three types of involvement through these tryouts: hill patrollers, associate patrollers and Nordic patrollers.

Preregistration on the website mthoodskipatrol.org is required by Sunday, Feb. 24.

Driver safety class offered by AARP

AARP is offering a driver safety class from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, and Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

A $14 fee is payable to the instructor at the first class, with a $2 discount for AARP members.

Many auto insurance companies will offer a discount to people who complete the six-hour class. Check with your agent for details.

Drivers of all ages in the class will focus on refining existing skills and developing safe, defensive driving techniques.

For information, call 503-668-5569 or stop by to register in advance. The class is limited to 30 people.

City wants help from its residents

The city of Sandy Park Board wants the help of local residents in shaping the future of local parks and natural areas.

A 10-question survey, including a “Parks of Sandy” map, is being mailed this week to all city residents.

Results of the short questionnaire will assist the board in updating the Sandy Parks Master Plan.

Residents are asked to return completed surveys to Sandy City Hall, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., by Monday, March 4.

Survey results will be available at cityofsandy.com and the city’s Facebook page.

For information, call Nancy Ream Enabnit at 503-489-2157 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

County needs two citizen planners

There are two vacancies on the Clackamas County Planning Commission. The vacancies should be filled by the spring.

The nine members, who have four-year terms, are volunteers. They review and advise the Board of County Commissioners on quasi-judicial and legislative land use issues.

Planning commission members are chosen on the basis of their expertise, experience and/or education related to land use issues and to represent different geographic locations around the county.

For more information about the work of the planning commission and the role of its members, contact principal planner Jennifer Hughes at 503-742-4518 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications can be completed online at clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp or call 503-742-4353 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All applications must be turned in by 6 p.m. Monday, March 25.