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Cooling centers available across county

With hot weather approaching, Clackamas County has identified multiple cooling centers throughout the area.

The county is encouraging residents who do not have a cool place to be during the hottest time of the day to visit a cooling center to cool off, make new friends, relax and avoid the hot temperatures.

If you plan to be outdoors, take precautions to protect yourself from the sun and heat:

  • Avoid the sun and strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day. Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at the mall, or swimming at a pool or beach.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes.
  • Set your air conditioner between 75 to 80 degrees. If you don’t have air-conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air conditioned facility.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 14 if you need to be in the sun.
  • Stay in shade whenever working outdoors.
  • Check on older adults or persons with disabilities in your community who may need help coping with the heat.
  • Be sure your pets have plenty of water and shade.
  • Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, rapid heartbeat, muscle cramps and increased thirst. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention or call 911.

    West Linn has two cooling centers available:

    West Linn Adult Community Center

    503-557-4704

    1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn 97068

    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    West Linn Public Library

    503-656-7853

    1595 Burns Street, West Linn 97068

    Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

    WLPD using extra DUI patrols for July 4

    West Linn Police will be fielding additional officers over the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend as a part of a state-wide High Visibility Enforcement program.

    Utilizing funding made available by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation, WLPD will be looking for impaired and distracted drivers. WLPD made 23 DUII arrests in May and June.

    July 4 has historically been one of America’s deadliest holidays for impaired driving fatalities, and this year Oregon’s recreational marijuana law becomes effective July 1. Officers have received updated training in detecting drivers under the influence of marijuana and prescription medication.

    West Linn PD will continue to work to keep streets safe this summer and will also increase DUII patrols during the week of Labor Day. Police also are asking for your help in reporting suspected intoxicated drivers. If you see what you believe is unsafe operation of a motor vehicle, call 503-635-0238 or 911 if it appears to be an emergency.

    Summer STEM classes for kids

    Lewis & Clark College is hosting iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17, to learn valuable science, technology, engineer, and math skills. Students will learn to program, design video games, code apps and more. The college will pre-select students during interviews held at the school. To schedule an interview contact Elise: 408-466-4792, HYPERLINK “mailto:elise@iDTech.com” elise@iDTech.com (Note: The campus requires visits to be coordinated through iD Tech.)

    Free spay and neuter in July

    Residents of Clackamas County feeding unaltered stray or feral cats and kittens are urged to call the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) in July to take advantage ofthe nonprofit’s new free spay/neuter shuttle. Call 503-797-2606 to learn more about dates and locations.

    In addition to the spay/neuter surgery, services include vaccines, treatment for fleas, earmites and tapeworms if needed; pain relief medication and an ear-tip for identification.Surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians and sponsored by generous community supporters. A suggested donation of $30 per cat for these services is encouraged.

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