Pool closes briefly

The Forest Grove Aquatic Center pool will close for its annual cleaning and maintenance work from Monday, Sept. 2 to Sunday, Sept. 15. During this time, the lobby will remain open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday so people can still register for swimming lessons, which begin the week of September 16.

Truffle hunters beware

Truffles, fungal delicacies that grow beneath the soil's surface, were designated a "special forest product" by the Oregon Legislature earlier this year. House Bill 2615 amended the state statute on the harvesting of special forest products, ORS 164.183, to broaden the category of "edible mushrooms" to "edible fungi," thus including truffles.

Truffle hunters must now acquire a permit issued by the landowner where they are searching. HB 2615 also places a requirement on individuals and businesses that buy truffles harvested in Oregon's forests to maintain a record of their purchases. Special forest products permit forms will be available by Oct. 1, 2014.

For the 2013 truffle season, the Oregon Forestry Department has prepared interim forms for landowners and buyers that can be picked up at local ODF offices. Visit for more information.

Game hunters be aware

New and seasoned hunters alike may need to review their rules books before heading out this season.

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife officials and Oregon State Police officers are reminding hunters to review the 2013 Oregon Big Game Regulations for crucial changes. Changes in bag limits for elk hunters have eliminated the harvest of antlerless elk on National Forest lands of the Cascade's west slope units including Dixon, Evans Creek, Indigo, McKenzie, Rogue and Santiam. Archery hunters were allowed to harvest antlerless elk in most of these units in past years, but not anymore. There have been concerns about overall elk populations and calf recruitment, so legal bag limits in these areas have changed and hunters will need to study the regulations closely. hunters going to these areas are urged to study the regulations closely.

Hunters with an Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing permits are encouraged to review regulations for bag limit changes during elk seasons, for the harvest of antlerless elk on National Forest lands was eliminated for these permit-holders.

In addition, because of high fire danger, some private landowners will either limit or not allow access to hunters this year, especially during early seasons. It is the responsibility of the hunter to know the access policies for private land on which they intend to hunt. Copies of the 2013 Oregon Big Game hunting regulations can be found anywhere licenses are sold, at ODFW offices and online at Questions about the hunting regulations can be directed to any local ODFW or OSP office.

Youth program looking for applicants

Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) is accepting applications from teens, ages 16 to 19, who want to travel to some of the Pacific Northwest’s most rugged spots.

NYC’s mission is to provide teens with education-based job training experience in outdoor high school programs.

Upon completion of the program, youth earn an education stipend, the opportunity to gain high school credit, and the ability to obtain a future job reference or letter of recommendation.

NYC has a 5-week session, Sept. 14 to Oct. 20. Visit for more information, a schedule and to apply.

Fundraiser planned for student after fire

ARAMARK at Pacific University is organizing a cash donation drive for a new Pacific University graduate student who lost all her belongings in an apartment fire. Local businesses are urged to donate. There is a new bank account to hold the funds. Donations may be dropped off to the Chamber Office, ARAMARK at Pacific University, or submitted via Paypal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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