Ukrainian music, salmon recovery, plus a look inside the area devastated by the Riverside Fire, and more.

COURTESY PHOTO: TETIANA VILCHYNSKA - Ukrainian musical group DakhaBrakha will perform April 17 and 18 at the Patricia Recer Center for the Arts in Beaverton.

Ukrainian musical group to perform at Reser Center

The band, DakhaBrakha, will perform at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts on Sunday and Monday, April 17 and April 18. Tickets are on sale now, ranging between $35 and $45 for the 7:30 p.m. shows.

The quartet comes from Kyiv, and it's name is derived from a Ukrainian colloquialism meaning, "give and take." This show is part of a tour through Europe and the United States, and will be the band's only stop in Oregon. — Sally Segar, Beaverton Valley Times

 - Workers install mesh netting along a hillside on Highway 224 to prevent future landslides where the Riverside Fire burned through in 2020.

Highway 224 will reopen more than year after Riverside Fire

The 138,000-acre fire burned for months in late 2020, charring the forest and claiming numerous homes and other structures but not causing any deaths. The fire came within a half-mile of Estacada city limits and burned more than 10% of Clackamas County's land base.

Highway 224 itself is scheduled to reopen Sunday, May 1, but those hankering for a hike or some weekend camping will have to be patient. There will be only limited opportunities to use the Mount Hood National Forest for a while. There will be some limited river access points; boat ramps at Hole in the Wall and Moore Creek will be open, but others will remain closed. — Teresa Carson, Estacada News

PMG FILE PHOTO - Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba (left) and Greg Baartz-Bowman produced their 2013 film, 'Un-Dam It! The Story of Kellogg Dam,' to generate momentum for removing the dam.

Long-awaited Kellogg Dam removal project gets big boost

That boost comes in the form of $585,000 in congressional funding, thanks to Sen. Jeff Merkley.

Kellogg Dam was constructed in 1858. It sits at the confluence of Kellogg Creek and the Willamette River in downtown Milwaukie. It was built to power a flour mill that closed in the 1890s and is has served no purpose since. It's a near-total barrier to salmonid rearing, resting and spawning habitat in the entire Kellogg Creek and Mount Scott Creek watersheds.

Removing the dam will benefit threatened and endangered salmonids and other species, and will restore the creek to a free-flowing, meandering channel. — Ellen Spitaleri, Clackamas Review

New center for Jewish worship, community established in East Multnomah County

Jewish faith services have been centered around Portland and toward the westside of the county for a long time. But Rabbi Avrohom Moshe Dyce and his family moved out east to the Kelly Creek neighborhood to create the Gresham Chabad Jewish Center, and already have a busy slate of events and activities planned.

They will host celebrations for Jewish holidays, classes on Jewish theology, prayer services and programs for children and youths. Last fall the group hosted Gresham's first public menorah lighting for Chanukah, and the Dyce family will host a Passover Seder next week. Find out more at

Note: Passover is April 15 to 23 this year. Ramadan began April 2 and runs through May 2 for believers of Islam, and Easter is Sunday, April 17. The Pamplin Media Group extends wishes to everyone who celebrates in their own way. — Christopher Keizur, Gresham Outlook

Wilsonville seeks input about potential barriers to inclusion

The city's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will host focus groups to hear community members' experiences and gauge opinions on how the city could be a more welcoming place. The focus groups will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 13, 15 and 19, and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16. They will include eight to 10 people and will be held via video conference call. — Corey Buchanan, Wilsonville Spokesman

Hillsboro has news on major redevelopment project

The city has plans to redevelop "Block 67," which is the former site of Hank's Thriftway, to create a central group of city blocks in Hillsboro that connect the historic downtown district to medical and educational centers. The redevelopment has been on pause for years.

The plan calls for market-rate and affordable housing, retail spaces, medical offices and a new grocery store. The site is bordered on one side by the historic downtown district and on the other by medical facilities including Tuality Community Hospital, Seventh Avenue Medical Plaza, the OHSU/Tuality Cancer Center and Pacific University's Hillsboro campus. — Troy Shinn, Hillsboro News Times

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