Door buzzer installed at Eagle Creek Elementary

In an effort to ensure student safety, a door buzzer was installed at Eagle Creek Elementary on May 22.

Principal Dan Draper said it has been the school’s policy to keep all doors except the front entrance door locked.

Visitors to the school must now buzz the front office to be let into the building.

Draper said there are still “some logistics to work through” but overall he thinks the installation was a good move.

Sandy Police business office closed Fridays

The Sandy Police Department has issued a press release that in an effort to better use support staff, the department’s business office will be closed on Fridays starting Friday, June 6.

Business hours are now 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

The closure will not impact police patrol functions, which will remain operational 24 hours a day, every day.

Jackie Groce named new Clackamas River District Ranger

The Clackamas River District of the Mt. Hood National Forest is about to get a new ranger: Jackie Groce.

Michael Chaveas, who now serves as the district’s ranger, has accepted the forest supervisor position at the Hoosier National Forest. He will assume the role in early June.

Natural Resource Staff Officer Nancy Lankford will be the acting ranger until Groce arrives in mid-July.

According to a press release issued by the Forest Service, Groce has 10 years of experience in National Environmental Policy Act planning.

She has served as the natural resource planner for the Black Hills National Forest for the past seven years.

Groce is an Illinois native and his worked in Alaska, Washington and South Dakota.

Bark plans campout to monitor Jazz Thinning

An Oregon judge has given the U.S. Forest Service the go-ahead for a tree thinning project in the Mt. Hood National Forest, but Portland-based environmental watch-dog group Bark has decided to appeal the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The group opposes the project that will thin second-growth plantations of 30- to 60-year-old trees dispersed throughout approximately 2,053 acres in the Collawash Watershed north of Bagby Hot Springs in the Clackamas River Ranger District.

Forest Service officials say the purpose of the project is to improve the health and growth of trees, increase plant diversity and to provide forest products (in this case, timber) to the local economy.

In addition, officials say, the project area was thoroughly assessed and approved by Forest Service experts.

Bark representatives are concerned about the potential for sediment to improperly enter the watershed through logging equipment and road construction. The risk, they, is amplified by the “geologically unstable” nature of the landscape.

Since Judge Marco A. Hernandez ruled in favor of the Forest Service on April 11, logging in the Jazz Thinning area has begun.

Bark volunteers began camping near the Collawash River on May 30 in an effort to monitor the pre-logging conditions of the Jazz Thinning project area.

The campout will continue through Sunday, June 8.

According to a Bark press release, volunteers will gather environmental data on the condition of streams in the project area that may be impacted by the rebuilding of old logging roads to access timber.

Clackamas River Basin Council to host Thunder Mountain hike

On Saturday, June 21, Clackamas River Basin Council board member Bryon Boyce will lead hikers along a diverse 8-mile route that crosses several high elevation passes and hillsides varying from dry rocky huckleberry fields to lush wet meadows, finally reaching the open top of Thunder Mountain at 5,185 feet.

There is a stunning view from the top, with Mount Hood to the north, Fish Creek Mountain to the east, Olallie Butte to the southeast and Mount Jefferson to the south.

Hikers will get to see wildflowers and interesting geologic features remaining in this once-volcanic area.

The route includes abandoned and active trails and decommissioned roads.

Hikers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Oregon City Shopping Center, 1900 Mcloughlin Blvd. in Oregon City. Park in the lot adjacent to the entrance near the bank.

This is an all-day hike.

Don’t forget to bring plenty of water, a camera, bug spray and a lunch. Layer clothing is a good idea as temperatures in the upper watershed are cooler than in town. Wear appropriate footwear.

RSVP to Morgan Parks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-303-4372, ext. 101.

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