I-5 study continues; Coffee Creek environmental efforts honored; 'Fill the Boot' returning to Wilsoville streets

ODOT field comments for I-5 study

The City of Wilsonville and the Oregon Department of Transportation are excepting public comment regarding the I-5 Wilsonville Facility Plan until May 29.

The plan proposes the construction of a soutbound I-5 auxilary lane from the Wilsonville Road I-5 on-ramp to the Canby-Hubbard Highway 551 off-ramp along with seismic upgrades to Boone Bridge.

To provide public comment, visit

Fill the boot for MDA

Tualatin Vally Firefighters Union Local 1160 will return to Wilsonville roadsides May 22 to raise funds to fight muscular dystrophy. Off-duty firefighters will be asking motorists at the intersection of Wilsonville and Boones Ferry roads to "Fill the Boot" with donations; local firefighers have raised nearly $750,000 over the last 12 years with this fundraising effort. Volunteers will on onsite in Wilsonville from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. accepting donations.

Coffee Creek inmates honored for restoration work

A Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) inmate work crew was honored by the Applied Ecology Institute and the Oregon Zoo April 30 for their labors in propagating native plants. The inmate crew has grown native plants for habitat restoration and distributed to locations throughout the Willamette Valley, Coast Range, and other coastal regions. In addition, the plants are grown and harvested to feed threatened Oregon Silverspot Butterfly larvae at the Oregon Zoo.

CCCF's Native Plant Propagation program participants gain knowledge about native habitats and restoration. Additionally they learn skills necessary for the propagation of plant materials in a nursery setting. Working as a team, the crew members gain communication and leadership skills.

The participants will receive a certificate recognizing them for successfully completing training and performance requirements. This sustainability program is a collaboration among the Institute for Applied Ecology, US Fish & Wildlife, Oregon Zoo, and the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Art sought for wildlife stamps

Artists are invited to compete in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's 2019 Habitat Conservation Stamp, Waterfowl Stamp and Upland Game Bird Stamp art competitions.

Collector's stamps, art prints and other promotional materials are produced from first place artwork.

Winning artists in each contest receives $2,000. Entries can be delivered or shipped to ODFW headquarters between August 31 and 5 p.m. on Sept.28, at 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, OR 97302.

A panel judges original artwork on criteria including artistic composition, anatomical accuracy of the species, and general appeal. All qualifying submissions are displayed for public viewing at ODFW's November art show.

Stamp your passport on wine trail

Visitors to Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory have a new way to find, explore and enjoy the wineries throughout the region with the Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail. This is a free mobile passport that offers great discounts at 16 wineries, from the Willamette Valley to the base of Mt. Hood. Participants who redeem an offer at eight locations can then pick up a Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail stainless steel wine glass at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center in Oregon City. "Our area offers an incredibly diverse range of family-run and operated wineries," said Annie Austin, public relations manager. "Each one is so passionate about their craft, and they act as stewards of the land." The trail is highlighted by Terra Vina in Wilsonville, where guests can enjoy a picnic under umbrellas poolside or in the lawn area surrounded by lavender, biodynamic landscaped gardens and an amazing view of Mt. Hood.

At Terra Vina they are believed to be the first to plant cabernet franc in the Willamette Valley. At Hanson Vineyards in Canby, they grow golubok, a southern Russian cool-climate red, which is unlike most red grapes in that the color pigment is not only located in the skins, but also in the pulp.

For more information and to download the free Wine Trail visit

Training available for long-term care ombudsmen

There are residents who are elderly and disabled living in long-term care facilities in need of a volunteer to advocate them. Many residents have no one to watch out for them or speak up when things go wrong: call lights go unanswered, meals arrive cold or medications are given incorrectly. Applications are now being accepted for the position of Certified Ombudsman volunteer. Volunteers visit with residents, listen to their concerns, problem solve to resolve issues, and help to ensure quality care, respect and dignity. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is a free and confidential advocacy program available to residents, families, facility staff and the public. 

In June, a five-day training will be held in Clackamas County. Those interested in applying and be eligible to attend the training should submit an application by May 25. To learn more about volunteering or to report a concern at a long-term care facility, call 503-378-6303 or 800-522-2602 or visit

Healthcare job expo set for May 29

The Portland Healthcare Hiring Expo, serving much of the greater Portland region, will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE. Airport Way, Portland. This hiring event helps bring healthcare agencies face-to-face with eager job seekers pursuing careers in the healthcare industry. Job seekers will have time to meet with SEVERAL healthcare agencies, all in the span of just a few hours. To preregister or view the list of employers attending, visit:

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