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Clackamas County closes Telford Road

Clackamas County has closed Telford Road to all traffic until about Oct. 1. The closure is needed so crews can retrofit the Springwater Trail bridge.

The closure is where the Springwater Trail crosses over Telford Road. The road is to be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, between Sunshine Valley Road and Rugg Road.

The work zone will be open only to certain service vehicles, said Jeroen Kok, project manager on the trail upgrade project.

For more information, call Kok at 503-742-4421 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Blood donations needed on Aug. 22

There is still time to help save a life this summer, said a spokesperson for the American Red Cross. Call and schedule a blood donation appointment between 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Boring Fire Department, 28655 Highway 212.

Donating blood costs about an hour of time, the spokesperson said, yet the feeling that comes from knowing you may have helped save a life is priceless.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and insert sponsor code: DamascusBoring.

Campfires, off-road vehicles restricted

Campfires and use of off-highway vehicles is restricted in the Mt. Hood National Forest, especially in areas not designated as established fee-campgrounds.

While many areas are affected, the latest restriction is specific to the McCubbins Gulch and Rock Creek trail system. Smoking outside of enclosed buildings or vehicles also is restricted.

Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds within a safe fire ring.

Visit the following web address to learn which campgrounds allow campfires in designated fire rings: fs.usda.gov/mthood. On the website, look for Mt. Hood Highlights and Recent News.

Sandy ready to take over Estacada law

Sandy police officers Sam Craven and Bill Wetherbee were selected to serve in Estacada after an Estacada panel recommended the duo.

Police Chief Kim Yamashita selected the two based on the panel’s recommendation and her interviews with the officers.

Craven is especially good at drug investigations, Wetherbee said.

The officers have plans to rotate shifts to keep the “bad guys” guessing when the officers will be on duty. Together they are committed to serve a total of 80 hours per week.

The Sandy police staff will be down two officers when the department takes over law enforcement in Estacada on Sept. 1, but Yamashita said she would cover the difference with a new officer added to the staff and supervisory personnel (sergeants and the chief) also working the streets some of the time.

Volunteers needed to count trail users

Among a group of partners, Clackamas County Parks is assisting in the inventory count of trail and bike lane users.

But the partners need help because there are so many miles of trails and bike lanes. The count is taking place in mid-September.

Two volunteer trainings are scheduled for 5-6 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the county building Room 118, at 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

For information or to volunteer, call Damon Walker at 503-742-4352 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join the fun at Oral Hull Park

The Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind offers weekend fun for the whole family in its 50th annual Fun Day set to begin at noon and end at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Oral Hull Park, 43233 Oral Hull Road.

Everyone is invited, especially those who have never visited Oral Hull Park, which has 22 acres of hiking trails, a horseshoe pit, bocce ball court, swings, Gardens of Enchantment and lots of parking.

This free Fun Day includes a barbecue chicken lunch (with hot-dog option), carnival games, clowns, music, silent auction, vendors, alcoholic beverages and more.

This event is a fundraiser for the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind, which provides social, recreational and educational experiences for those who are blind or have vision loss.

Service dogs are welcome, but not other pets because they would be disruptive to the service dogs.

For more information, call 503-668-6195 or visit oralhull.org.