Hillsboro designates Willamette River for water

The Hillsboro Utilities Commission officially designated the mid-Willamette River near Wilson as the preferred alternative for a second source of city water. The commission can now continue studying the logistics of providing water to the Hillsboro from the river, especially during summer months, when the Tualatin River, the city’s primary source of water runs low. The cost is estimated at $870 million.

The project could ultimately involve the construction of a water treatment plant in or near Wilsonville and a 22-mile pipeline from the river to Hillsboro. The commission is now expected to begin negotiations with potential partners on the project. They include the Tualatin Valley Water District, which is scheduled to vote on a long range supply plan on April 24.

Washington County Chair Andy Duyck has also expressed interest in Clean Water Services, the county’s sewer agency, partnering on the project. CWS needs to find an additional source of water to augment flows in the Tualatin River during summer months to meet the requirements of its state discharge permit.

Arts and culture grants available

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County has opened its 2013 grant cycle for county-based, nonprofit arts, heritage and humanities organizations.

Qualifying organizations may apply for $1,000 or $2,000 grants for activities, events or communications that will: build awareness of the role and value of arts, heritage or humanities and increase public participation; promote youth access to arts, heritage or humanities to enhance learning and healthy human development; support existing Washington County cultural organizations; or integrate cultural development with economic development policies.

Grant guidelines and application instructions are available online at the CCWC website, Application are submitted online through the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s grant application site,

The grant application period ends April 1. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the grant orientation sessions scheduled from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Beaverton City Hall.

Local student takes top Pokemon honors

Hillsboro’s Nicolas Vassilenko clinched first place in the Senior Division at the Vancouver Pokémon City Championships in late January.

Vassilenko earned the City Championship trophy and championship points that could help him get an invitation to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, B.C.

The Pokémon City Championship tournaments bring together Pokémon players of all skill levels to test their Pokémon card skills, strategy and creativity.

Play! Pokémon competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior Division (born in 2002 or later), Senior Division (born in 1998-2001), and Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier).

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