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Councilor Rex Burkholder's newsletter archive

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July 2009

"A message from Rex Burkholder;" Metro Council budgets for design and construction of Blue Lake Nature and Golf Learning Center; Waste Management of Oregon opens recycling center near Hillsboro; High Capacity Transit System Plan nears completion; Events of note throughout the region; Rex's contact information

June 2009
"A message from Rex Burkholder;" Cooper Mountain Nature Park Opening to visitors June 27th!; Oregon Zoo Concerts a-go!; Weigh in on updated public involvement policies for transportation planning; Events of Note in the District; Rex's contact information  
May 2009
"A message from Rex Burkholder;" Metro report shows urban centers, corridors generally most affordable; Metro considers fee changes for solid waste disposal; One-of-a-kind fen protected by Metro's voter-approved natural area program; Events of Note in the District; Rex's contact information  
April 2009
A message from Rex Burkholder; Metro is cautious in financial downturn; Metro launches high capacity transit build-a-system tool; Kids get creative for annual art contest; Events of Note in the District; Rex's contact information
March 2009 

A message from Rex Burkholder; Metro's recycling hotline: over two million served; Metro Council advances 15 priority areas for possible transit investments; Metro employees make the plunge for Special Olympics; Events of Note in the District; Rex's contact information  

February 2009
A message from Rex Burkholder; Metro Council expands waste reduction education to outdoor immersion programs; Final chance to weigh in on the 2010-13 regional flexible funding recommendation; Visitors flock to zoo in record numbers despite rain, snow, recession; Events of Note in the District; Rex's contact information  
January 2009  "A message from Rex Burkholder"; Public weighs in on regional transportation funding; Swales and Rain Gardens at Green Building Week; Events of Note in the District; Rex's contact information  
December 2008
"A message from Rex Burkholder"; High Capacity Transit System Plan enters screening phase - District 5; Drive Less. Save More. Video Challenge; Natural Areas Program Performance Oversight Committee findings; When the animals go to bed, the lights come out to play: the 21st annual ZooLights festival kicks off; Metro Hires First Sustainability Coordinator; Events of Note in the District
November 2008 "A message from Rex Burkholder"; 25th Anniversary of Salmon Festival at Metro's Oxbow Regional Park inspires people to value and protect wild salmon and their habitat; Sustainable Metro Initiative launched in October; Green building expert Larry Coffman visits Metro; Grant workshop offered by Metro helps communities invite nature into
neighborhoods; Events of Note in the District
October 2008
"A message from Rex Burkholder"; Celebrating 25 years of Salmon Festival and millions of years of salmon in the Sandy River; Zoo welcomes baby elephant Samudra; Public comment sought on 2010-13 Regional Flexible Fund Allocations; Grant workshops offered by Metro help communities invite nature into neighborhoods; City of Portland recruiting for Portland Plan Community Involvement Committee; Events of note in the District
September 2008 (2.22M) A message from Rex Burkholder; Metro Council approves locally preferred alternative for Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project; The 36th annual Special Park Districts Forum comes to Portland; Metro Council awards grants to three neighborhood enhancement projects; Metro proposal seeks to increase business recycling; Connecting Green goes to Europe; Events of note in the district
August 2008 (180K) A message from Rex Burkholder; Metro to identify next 30 years of high capacity transit; Integrating Habitats People’s Choice Award winners; Metro presents region’s first walking guide; Metro makes first natural area purchase in Stafford Basin; Cooper Mountain nature Park construction begins in August; Events of note in the district
July 2008 (476K) A message from Rex Burkholder; Metro Council awards $60,000 in grants to benefit residents, make improvements; Stop illegal dumping in your neighborhood – Call Metro’s RID Patrol; Counties, Metro ask residents to help shape region for next half century; The Metro Council continues to protect water quality and natural areas; Lake Oswego to Portland transit project comment period; Metro and Gresham officials offer tours of newly protected natural areas; Events of note in the district
June 2008 (180K) A message from Rex Burkholder; The Mayors Institute on City Design convenes in Portland; Metro has a new website address; Newly launched Metro Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails considers regional trail investment; Events of note in District 5
May 2008 (428K) The Metro Council adopts sustainability resolution; Hotline helps homeowners build green; Celebrating Earth Day billboard artwork winners; Headquarters hotel update; Metro lays out work for the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan state component
April 2008 (124K) Metro and partners begin work on urban and rural reserves; Metro to unveil winners of Earth Day billboard designs at April 5 celebration; Regional Travel Options Training Course; Metro Council on the road; Metro’s Community Cleanup Guide now available online; Metro and SOLV IT team up to clean up; Metro’s RID Patrol keeps our region clean
March 2008 (312K) Recruiting members for North Portland Enhancement Committee; Condors raised at Oregon Zoo to be released into the wild; Free natural gardening seminars; Integrating Habitats Peoples' Choice Awards; Metro considers business recycling requirements; Show off your garden; Events of note in the district
February 2008 (200K) Metro Council awards grants to North, Northwest Portland groups; Design competition winners announced Feb. 26; Metro councilors help ‘Fork it Over!’; Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Alternative Study moves forward; Metro Council approves Request for Proposals for ten-year waste transport contract
January 2008 (196K) "Happy New Year to you and yours!"; Metro protects water quality and wildlife habitat in Johnson Creek watershed; Regional Transportation Plan update moves forward; Waste transport contract action slated for January
December 2007 (172K) "The Challenge of our Generation"; Carlotta Collette appointed to Metro Council; 2008 Nature in Neighborhoods restoration and enhancement grants open for pre-application; Metro-supported projects receive awards; Metro Council action scheduled for transit alternatives in Lake Oswego to Portland corridor
November 2007 (196K) Survey finds thousands are driving less and saving more; Council votes to continue studying building headquarters hotel; Regional Transportation Plan open for public review; Metro issues draft request for proposal to transport waste
September 2007 (236K) "To Build or Not to Build"; Metro Council adopts enhanced construction and demolition recycling standards; Metro area's waste transport contract up for bid; Metro Council considers options for convention center hotel; Families fed up with fueling up enter challenge, reduce driving; The 2040 match of the century: Corridors vs. Centers Sept. 26
August 2007 (266K) Message (air quality conformity); Metro announces Integrating Habitats design competition; Zoo attendance is highest in 120-year history, conservation programs enjoy success; Metro purchases two Johnson Creek watershed properties with funds from 2006 bond measure
July 2007 (254K) Message (farmers' markets); Celebrating 25 years of Metro's Bike There! Map; Metro and partners succeed with land-use law reforms; Metro Council appoints citizen committee to review Natural Areas Program; PSU graduate students riding across Oregon; Let's Talk Trash
June 2007 (207K) Message (response to Randy Gragg); Public invited to discuss options to improve transportation between Lake Oswego and Portland; Metro Council appoints members to enhancement grant committee; Metro Council awards $421,000 in Nature in Neighborhoods grants; Metro acquires unique natural areas in Washington County
May 2007 (227K) Message (balmy days of spring); Metro to host open house meetings on natural areas; Oregon Zoo hosts fun, family-oriented events in May; Three Bridges open on Springwater Trail
April 2007 (226K) Message (on the move); Metro Council partners with PSU, OEC to host 2007 economic development speaker series; Metro Council studies headquarters hotel feasibility; Portland to Milwaukie light rail supplemental draft environmental impact statement begins
March 2007 (226K) Message (Events of spring); Businesses Partner with Metro to Recycle at Work–Thank You!; Oregon Zoo plans March release of rare pygmy rabbits into wild; Metro Launches Brownfields Recycling Program; Oregon Zoo’s Black Bear Ridge rounds out Great Northwest Exhibit
February 2007 (257K) Message (Six more weeks of winter!); Metro Council makes first purchase with 2006 bond measure funds; Metro to hear public testimony on 2008-11 MTIP final draft list; Studies help Metro, partners work on New Look at Regional Choices; Metro awards $6.3 million for expansion area planning; Nature in Neighborhood's REIN tool
goes on line; Zoo attendance highest in 120-year history
January 2007 (201K) "Happy New Year!"; Metro Council updates Regional Transportation Plan; Public scoping meeting on the Portland Streetcar Loop project; 600 attend I-5 to 99W Connector open houses; Second round of Nature in Neighborhoods grants closing Jan. 18; Oregon Zoo Foundation grant program supports local and worldwide conservation efforts
December 2006 (248K) "My Year in Review"; Metro open spaces bond measure passes; Kathryn Harrington elected to Metro Council in District 4; Metropolitan area increases recycling rate
November 2006 (164K) "Metro interns REIN supreme"; Nature in Neighborhoods grants; I-5 to 99W Connector open houses
October 2006 (212K) "Lessons from the not-so-far North"; Salmon Festival; Cooper Mountain design; 2008-11 Transportation Priorities; Oregon Zoo conservation; Sandy River

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