Fish and camp free June 2 weekend, 162d MAX station will be renovated, Fairview celebrates birthday

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON DEPARTMENT FISH & WILDLIFE - Go fish!Fish, crab, visit parks free on June 2 weekend

It's free to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. Fishing licenses or tags are not required to fish, crab or clam anywhere for both residents and non-residents. All other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions.

Oregon State Parks are also free to visit on June 2-3, with day-use parking fees waived both days and free camping on Saturday, June 2 (an $8 reservation is required to guarantee a camping spot).

ODFW and partners are also hosting a number of fishing events around the state, although none are close to East Multnomah County. For more information on these events, visit


Fine art show, sale set for Damascus

The community is invited to check out the work of local artists at the second-annual Damascus Open Art Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 18-20.

The tour is self-guided and allows visitors to see and purchase works of fine art in painting, woodworking, clay, photography, metal arts, jewelry and glass. Wine tastings will also be offered at each stop.

A map for the tour is available at or on [email protected]

Renovations coming to 162nd MAX Station

TriMet's renovation of some of the oldest MAX stations continues with a full makeover of the 162nd Avenue Station set to begin Sunday, May 20. The station is expected to stay open throughout the project, which should take about six months.

The improvements will include installing new windscreens, updated lighting and security cameras, new shelter roofs, new signs and digital displays, deep cleaning, painting and surface repairs, and new tactile warning strips.

To allow the station to remain open, temporary wooden platforms will be built in the left turn lanes on Burnside at 162nd Avenue. That means drivers will be unable to make left turns from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Kate Brown appoints locals to state boards

Gov. Kate Brown submitted a list of appointments to state boards and commissions, and on May 22 the Oregon Senate Rules Committee will consider them.

Thomas Engstrom, Gresham, was named to the Board of Boiler Rules for a four-year term ending April 30, 2021. Daniel Retzlaff, Fairview, was nominated to the board of The Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots for a four-year term ending May 24, 2022. Kathy Wai, Happy Valley, was nominated for the TriMet board of directors for a four-year term ending May 24, 2022. Gayle Evans was named to the Board of Trustees for Western Oregon University, Monmouth, for a four-year term ending June 30, 2022. Sally Curey was named to a four-year term on the Worker's Compensation Board.

Fairview utility work to affect traffic flow

Construction work will delay traffic on Northeast Sandy Boulevard in the city of Fairview from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from May 14 to May 19.

Flaggers will direct traffic during the work. Drivers could experience delays for up to 15 minutes. 

Portland General Electric crews will perform maintenance on an overhead transmission utility line. The line will cross Sandy Boulevard between Northeast Blossom Hill Road and Willow Glen Road, just west of Northwest 223rd Avenue.

Fairview to host 110-year anniversary

The city of Fairview will hold a 110-year anniversary celebration from 6-8 p.m. May 24, in City Council Chambers at Fairview City Hall. 

At 7 p.m., guest speakers will share their tales of "days gone by." Appetizers and beverages will be provided and memorabilia will be on display.

ODOT to have open house for project

The Oregon Department of Transportation will begin replacing two Interstate 84 bridges over Graham Road in Troutdale starting in spring 2019, and ODOT will hold an open house to discuss the project from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at the Holiday Inn Express meeting room, 477 N.W. Phoenix Drive, Troutdale.

The construction will require occasional road closures and detours on Graham Road.

The project is needed because the bridges over Graham Road are aging, bridge surfaces are deteriorating, vertical clearances are too short for large trucks and oversize vehicles, and the existing two lanes under the bridges on Graham are not wide enough to accommodate the increase of northbound traffic caused by industrial development north of I-84.

For more information, contact Susan Hanson, ODOT community affairs, at 503-731-3490. To sign up for updates, visit

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