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Damascus residents divided on path to disincorporation
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:33:00 -0700

The House Committee on Rural Communities, Land Use and Water heard arguments both for and against a trio of bills including one that, if passed, would place the disincorporation of Damascus on the November 2016 ballot. Rep. Shemia Fagan, D-Clackamas, and Rep. Bill Kennemer, R-Oregon City, presented House Bills ...

New mayors set ambitious 2015 goals
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 10:50:38 -0700

Many local chamber-of-commerce members got their first taste of the style of newly elected mayors in Damascus, Gladstone and Oregon City at last week’s State of the Cities luncheon at the Monarch Hotel. Former State Superintendent Verne Duncan, as moderator of the Feb. 4 event, introduced Lori DeRemer as the ...

Land-use plan vote comes back around
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 12:39:14 -0700

• Voters to weigh in during March election • Leaders, residents differ on benefits of land-use guidelines Ballots went out on Thursday for the Tuesday, March 10, special election, in which Damascus voters will again have their say on a resident-initiated comprehensive land-use plan that was voted down last year. While ...

Damascus rejects comp plan - AGAIN
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:25:30 -0700

Resounding defeat comes as no surprise to supporters, opposition Damascus will go another year without a comprehensive land-use plan, as 75.4 percent of voters chose not to adopt the resident-initiated plan on March 10. Of the city’s 6,882 registered voters, 2,303 – or 33.5 percent – returned ballots with ...

Damascus voters reject sixth comprehensive plan in four years, by widest margin yet
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:51:56 -0700

The only city in Oregon that requires a citizen vote to approve a new comprehensive plan just voted, for the sixth time in less than four years, against such a plan.

Bills would allow Damascus to disincorporate with simple majority vote, enable residents to de-annex again
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 08:20:56 -0700

A trio of bills introduced in the Oregon State House last week aim to see the city of Damascus disinorporated by the end of 2016, and make it easier for residents to individually deannex in the meantime.

Main events
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 17:52:49 -0700

Tuesday, Feb. 10 Prep boys basketball: Jesuit at Southridge, Liberty at La Salle Prep, Parkrose at Putnam, 7:15 p.m. ... Jefferson at Lincoln, Roosevelt at Grant, Cleveland at Madison, Franklin at Wilson, David Douglas at Central Catholic, Portland Adventist Academy at Oregon Episcopal School, De La Salle North Catholic at ...

State senate passes bill for study of expansion of natural gas service
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 17:45:14 -0700

Estacada officials support Senate Bill 32 The Oregon State Senate passed a bill Wednesday, March 5, establishing a study of how public utilities that supply natural gas may expand service to areas currently without access to the resource. Estacada is one of those communities. Senate Bill 32 directs ...

De-annexations set in motion for properties
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 18:32:36 -0700

Public hearings planned March 2 on GDI, Patton requests Two major Damascus property owners — Lowell Patton and General Distributers — are beginning the process of de-annexation from the city. After years of being blocked by previous City Councils, the new city government, which includes two new councilors and a ...

School Notes 3/23/2015
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 01:16:31 -0700

Abington Heights Several high schoolers will represent their school at the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Students traveling to Florida on May 22 to 25 include Ben Oon and Richard Ling, competing i