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Clackamas County Round up


Clackamas County’s moratorium on medical marijuana until May 1, 2015 will stand as petitioners failed to gather enough signatures for an initiative campaign.

Lindsey Rinehart, the campaign’s leader, needed to submit 9,378 signatures by Aug. 6 to the County Clerk’s Office.

“We only got a few thousand signatures, and that’s an estimate,” Rinehart said. “Unfortunately, the funding didn’t come in.”

Rinehart is the manager of The 45th Parallel Group, a medical marijuana facility that has been unable to open because of the ban, in unincorporated Clackamas County.

Board to meet at county fair in bid to get more attendees

The Clackamas County Commissioners are dangling the carrot of free fair admission to those who attend their Aug. 14 business meeting, held for the first time ever at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby.

Observers can enter for free through the blue and red gates before the 10 a.m. meeting held on the Main Lawn stage. Parking is $5.

“We hope that everyone who attends the meeting will spend the rest of the day attending the great county fair,” said Commission Chair John Ludlow.

Learn more about the events during the fair Aug. 12 to 17 at clackamas.us/fair.

LO hotel managers named to county tourism board

Two Lake Oswego hotel managers have been named to the Clackamas County Tourism Development Council, which is responsible for implementing and promoting tourism programs throughout the county.

Roger Beebe, general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn, and Marissa Hoiem, general manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites, were appointed Aug. 5 by the Board of County Commissioners. They’ll serve on a nine-member panel that was established in 1992 by the county’s Transient Room Tax ordinance.

Beebe has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with a strong background in accounting, bookkeeping and human resources. He has worked extensively with other destination marketing organizations and enjoys being involved in the “civic side of the Tourism Industry.”

Hoeim has managed the Fairfield Inn & Suites for more than six years. It’s important for travel-industry professionals to get involved with the council, she says, because they understand the latest trends and are positioned especially well to help guide tourism development.

“We are thrilled to have both Roger and Marissa on our board. Together their experience in the tourism industry will be invaluable as we continue to develop new programs and initiatives that help build tourism in Clackamas County,” said Danielle Cowan, Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs’ executive director.