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Viewing by month: March 2012

Online search tool boosts access to 40 years of regional history

A searchable database created by Metro's Data Resource Center reduces barriers to mining 40 years of public annexation records for city and service district staff, real estate agents, developers and history buffs who use the information to do their jobs.

Let Metro help your neighborhood with its spring 2012 clean up

Letters of Intent deadline for neighborhood cleanup matching grants program approaches

Is your neighborhood planning a spring cleanup event? Let your local government know – and let Metro help cover the cost.

Ways to save on your warm weather projects

Happy Spring! Looking around your house and yard? Starting to plan for spring and summer projects? KINK 101.9-FM gathered tips from Metro recycling information specialist Betty Shelley last week. Betty’s got the dirt on everything from tool sharing to paint recycling to help you save money and reduce waste as the season warms and you get busy.

Road project could lead to gridlock near Metro South next week

ODOT is closing Highway 213 near Metro South from March 22-27, and garbage and recycling customers are encouraged to take loads to Metro Central during the closure.

See the signs as The Intertwine winds? Metro wants to know

Intertwine LogoMetro posted 10 grey-and-green demonstration signs along Fanno Creek Trail recently — the beta version of signage the regional government plans to post along The Intertwine network of trails, parks and natural areas.

Metro asks the region: Is it time to invest in our natural areas?

The survey is intended to gauge support for restoring, taking care of and publicly opening more of the 16,000 acres of natural areas and parks that Metro owns or manages. During the next several months, the Metro Council will consider asking voters to invest in making the most of the places they’ve protected.

Panel prepares to weigh in on East Metro transportation plan

The East Metro Connections Plan will consider increasing bus service, adding sidewalks, coordinating traffic signals, changing road widths, and re-designating freight routes.

After 20 years, hazardous waste program has diverted 150,000 pounds of materials for reuse

The hazardous waste facility at Metro South transfer station celebrated two decades and a ton of stories in paint and jars this week. Most of the materials that come through the doors are mundane – old paint cans, car batteries, fluorescent lights and propane tanks – but there's the occasional jar with a human brain or pickled pet.

A personal message from Kathryn Harrington: Our exciting Zoo – improvements underway!

Did you know that Metro, your regional government, is responsible for the Oregon Zoo? It is, and that gives me, as a Metro Councilor, the pleasure and responsibility to ensure that the elephants, bears, butterflies and other creatures in our care enjoy a high quality of life.