Gravel mine fined $35K for violations at Fairview Creek
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Knife River Corporation Northwest for violating its stormwater permit and allowing pollutants to enter Fairview Creek from its Gresham Sand and Gravel mine.
The total amount of the fine is $35,509.
Inspectors from DEQ and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries discovered last September that Knife River had changed its system for washing sediment from tires and undercarriages of mining trucks. Wastewater from the washings was combining with stormwater and draining into Fairview Creek.
The wastewater contained oil, metals and other pollutants that can contaminate waterways and threaten the health of the local community and environment. Knife River corrected the violation in November by rerouting the wheel wash to an onsite infiltration pond.
Knife River also failed to conduct daily inspections required by its stormwater permit between September 2014 and September 2017. The DEQ said the inspections are critical to ensuring the mine is minimizing industrial contaminants in the stormwater that discharges into the creek.
Celebrate Pluto Day on Sunday, Feb. 18
Celebrate our solar system's most beleaguered planet on Sunday, Feb. 18, during Gresham's Pluto Day.
Pluto was called a planet until 2006 when it was reclassified as a dwarf planet.
The Gresham City Council and Mayor Shane Bemis signed a proclamation in 2010 honoring the distant rock. There are no official activities planned for Pluto Day, though the community is welcome to celebrate any way they see fit.
For more information, contact Michael Orelove, member of the Rose City Astronomers, at 503-703-4495.
Save money, reduce waste — get it fixed
The Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations and Gresham Going Beyond are offering residents the opportunity to bring their broken items to a Repair Cafe from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 610 N.E. 181st Ave.
Red Cross honors Eagle Creek Fire animal angels
When the September 2017 Eagle Creek wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge threatened animals, Kim Mosiman mobilized her network of animal owners and volunteers to coordinate a rescue effort for hundreds of livestock, horses and other large animals in the path of the massive wildfire. For her efforts, the American Red Cross of Cascades Region honored her with a 2018 Hero Award.
Mosiman managed the rescue effort nonstop for several days, making phone calls, dispatching trailer drivers and identifying safe locations for the evacuated animals to stay. Mosiman, along with several other property owners across the state, provided shelter and food to animals that were evacuated from the fire path for more than a week, until fire evacuation levels were reduced. Thanks to Mosiman's efforts, more than 500 animals were saved from the Eagle Creek Fire's fast-moving and deadly flames.
Get tax help at Gresham Library
Trained AARP volunteers will help folks with their taxes at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave. from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 11. Those wanting the free help are asked to bring photo identification, documented proof of Social Security number, last year's return and any current tax documents. Registration is required, call 503-988-5123.
College offers mock funeral arrangements
The Funeral Service Education program at Mt. Hood Community College will allow folks to get some practice and insight into making burial preparations in their annual Mock Funeral Arrangement program from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.
The students in the Funeral Services Education program get valuable experience, and the public can learn about the process of planning a funeral in a comfortable, supportive environment without the stress of an actual death in the family.
The program will be in MHCC's Town and Gown Room, AC2057, at 26000 S.E. Stark St.