Sen. Thatcher appointed to public reccords council, rabid bat found in county and mystery quilt looking for solution

Thatcher appointed to public records council

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, appointed state Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, to the public records advisory council, pursuant to Senate Bill 17-106. This advisory council is tasked with looking at potential improvements to records policies within the executive branch and to make regular surveys and studies of state agency compliance with public records law.

Thatcher, who represents Wilsonville, said in a prepared statement, "The public records advisory council will play an important role in protecting the public's access to public records. State agencies must not be allowed to stonewall and stall fulfilling public records requests, or charge exorbitant fees to people requesting public information. Even more serious is the culture of intimidation running rampant in the executive branch, where state agencies have gone after people requesting information. I will be a strong voice on this council and I'm thankful for the opportunity granted by President Courtney."

Rabid bat discovered in Clackamas County

The Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed that a bat from Clackamas County tested positive for rabies on Sept. 21.

The bat was found at a private residence in Clackamas County. There was no bite or direct exposure to the bat that would put any involved people at risk for getting rabies from this bat. 

The homeowner's dog is up-to-date on rabies vaccination, but is still being closely monitored for 45 days per public health protocol in case of any unwitnessed exposures. If the dog had not been up-to-date on its vaccinations, more extreme monitoring or even euthanasia would need to be considered.

"Because there is a risk of bats transmitting rabies to people and their pets, it is important to avoid touching animals that appear sick and to keep pets (including dogs, cats, and ferrets) current on their rabies vaccinations," said Dr. Sarah Present, Clackamas County Health Officer.

For more information, visit Clackamas County Public Health Division's website at or call 503-655-8411.

Aurora seeking creators of historic quilt

SUBMITTED PHOTOS - The Old Aurora Colony Museum is seeking information about the women who created this quilt 80 years ago.

While visitors are attending the 45th annual Old Aurora Colony Museum Quilt Show Oct. 13-22, on display will be a crazy quilt made by unknown locals more than 80 years ago. The friendship quilt was made in 1936 by women and girls in the Woodburn area, possibly winning a prize at the Oregon State Fair. It was later donated to the Woodburn Senior Estate Quilters. "We would love to know more about this quilt and the people who embroidered their names on it," said Patrick Harris, executive director of the museum. "Some names might be recognizable to descendants living in the Woodburn/Hubbard/Aurora/Canby/Wilsonville area. From the melodious Euphemia Bean to the simpler B H Wells, we're hoping people who attend our show can tell us who some of these people were, and if this was made by a church circle, perhaps 4H club, or some other group."To find out more about the quilt show, go to

County seeks members on health services advisory board

Clackamas County Commissioners are seeking interested residents to serve on county Advisory Boards and Commissions (ABCs). These ABCs offer residents the opportunity to become very involved in specific activities and the goals of Clackamas County. New ABC openings from the past week include the Hospital Facility Authority of Clackamas County Board. This board has six openings and will be joined by one Clackamas County Commissioner. The board has been inactive for a number of years, so initial terms will be staggered with two two-year terms, two three-year terms and two four-year terms. The board is authorized to review and decide, among other duties, the appropriateness of issuing revenue bonds as a conduit financing for construction and expansion of hospital facilities and other health services and elderly care facilities. Read more on the board at