News briefs, April 9

On March 15, the Milwaukie High School orchestra captured third place in its division at the Northwest Orchestra Festival, held March 15 at Mt. Hood Community College. Teacher Greg VanWinkle directs the group.

The festival was an opportunity for middle school, junior high, and high school orchestras to perform in a competitive setting, providing for an exchange of orchestral concepts beneficial to students and directors. Adjudicators included distinguished educators and performers with regional, national and international reputations.

Sunrise MS Mathcounts team wins fifth in State

After placing 2nd in the region, Sunrise Middle School's Mathcounts team won a wildcard spot in the State competition and brought home the 5th place trophy in March. Team members included Gavin Megson, Bevin Huang, Tyler Schreiber, Jessie Jiang, and Trey Norton.

Mathcounts is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Mathcounts is an education partnership involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students.

County raising fees for developers in Happy Valley

One-time transportation fees assessed on new developments in unincorporated Clackamas County and the Happy Valley area will be increasing by 6.6 percent on May 1.

The fees, known as Transportation System Development Charges (TSDC's), are based on the number of vehicle trips a particular land use generates. They are established to equitably spread the costs of capital improvements to new development.

The higher TSDC's will apply in unincorporated areas countywide and to the joint Clackamas County/Happy Valley area. Complete building permits submitted to the County before May 1, will be reviewed using the current rate.

The TSDC rate is re-evaluated each year and revised, as necessary, to keep pace with inflation. System Development Charges are one-time fees charged to new or expanded development to help pay a portion of the costs associated with building capital facilities to meet needs created by growth.

For more information, contact Diedre Landon in the Clackamas County Engineering Division at 503-353-4677 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information is also available on the County web site at

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