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Viewing by month: December 2012

JPACT picks five projects for transportation money from 'Opportunity fund'

A regional transportation funding committee unanimously supported a $33.8 million plan they say will spur economic development across the Portland region.

Metro, City of Portland protect Columbia Slough wetland as new natural area

SloughMetro and the City of Portland teamed up this week to protect 54 acres of wildlife habitat near the Columbia Slough in Northeast Portland. The acquisition is a partnership among Metro, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland Parks & Recreation, which will manage the site as a natural area.

Metro Council sends $1.6 million promissory note to North Portland

Long-term, maximum benefits to local residents envisioned for use of funds

The Metro Council late last week approved a resolution to spend the remaining $1.6 million in the North Portland enhancement fund by 2018 on a local trail and select neighborhood improvement projects proposed by the community. The council’s unanimous vote supported the recommendation of a committee comprised of North Portland residents that administers the fund.

Ice Age Tonquin Trail has new name, new master plan

A couple walks down the Tonquin TrailThe Ice Age Tonquin Trail is taking one important step back in time – and another big step forward.

Recently renamed for floods that shaped the landscape thousands of years ago, the 22-mile trail now has an official blueprint. Partners along the route worked together on the master plan, bringing the trail closer to reality for cyclists, walkers and runners.

Camp takes kids on animal odyssey from tropics to arctic

Oregon Zoo campers get to meet a blue and gold macaw.The Oregon Zoo’s winter break camp program — running Dec. 18-21, Dec. 27-28, and Jan. 2-4 — will include guided tours of the zoo, art projects, games and special visits from animals that campers can touch. Games, crafts and stories with zoo-animal themes add to the daily experiences.

Glendoveer management contract finalized with CourseCo

GlendoveerIt's a rare commodity in East Portland that families have used for generations. A place where a round of golf is affordable and where you can escape from a hectic day to a beautiful natural area and find some quiet and calm… Ask the community what makes the Glendoveer Golf Course and Tennis Center such a special gem in East Portland and these are some of the comments you'll hear. As CourseCo, a leading West Coast golf operator, stands poised to take over the management of the regionally-owned property, its priority is to keep it that way.

What's BRT? A ride around Las Vegas on its bus rapid transit system

MAXWhat's the fuss about this bus? Last month, Metro News took a ride around on one of the country's most extensive BRT systems, operated by RTC Transit in Las Vegas. Its eight BRT lines, all launched in the last decade, run the gamut of what planners describe when they talk about bus rapid transit.

Metro Council zeroes in on tax rate for potential natural areas levy

Metro Councilors on Tuesday put a dollar figure on a potential levy to fund maintenance at the Portland region's parks and natural areas.

The councilors gave a unanimous thumbs-up to a tax rate of 9.6 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for the potential levy. They're scheduled to decide later this month whether to put the levy on the May 2013 ballot.

Give the gift of experiences at a Metro park

Deer at Oxbow parkMetro parks passes for 2013 are a useful and thoughtful holiday gift. A pass offers users year-long access to Metro's Oxbow and Blue Lake regional parks, Chinook Landing Marine Park and the M. James Gleason Boat Ramp.

Elephant calf ownership arrangement seems routine, Hughes says

Metro Council President Tom Hughes said Tuesday the ownership arrangement for the Oregon Zoo's elephant calf seems routine, and expressed support for zoo officials in the wake of questions about the new addition's future.