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5/5 News In Brief

*Rep. Thompson schedules town hall*Rural projects subject of meeting*Discussion scheduled on invasive fruit fly

Rep. Thompson schedules town hall

DALLAS -- State Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas) will host a community town hall meeting today (Wednesday, May 5) at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.

Thompson will be discussing the legislative issues that he has been working on recently, and will take questions and listen to concerns attendees have.

The meeting is one of five Thompson is conducting throughout House District 23, which serves portions of Polk and four other counties.

For more information: 503-986-1423.

Rural projects subject of meeting

MONMOUTH -- Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation & Development is seeking suggestions on projects to improve Polk County communities.

The organization will host a public meeting on Tuesday, May 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St.

The meeting will provide a forum to hear ideas for projects that will help rural communities and ecosystems thrive, said CPRCD Coordinator Karen Strohmeyer, whose group works with citizens and organizations in local communities to develop innovative and needed projects that create and maintain rural jobs.

Information gathered will be used in the development of a five-year strategic plan for the group.

For more information: Karen Strohmeyer, 541-967-5925, ext. 128.

Discussion scheduled on invasive fruit fly

DALLAS -- Oregon State University Extension Service will host an informational meeting in Dallas on Wednesday, May 12, regarding the invasive Spotted Wing Drosophila fly.

The free presentation will start at 7 p.m. in room 212 of the Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St. It will feature experts from OSU who are involved in combatting the fruit fly, which can damage several varieties of fruit crops.

Scientists from Oregon, Washington and California recently received a $5.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the insect and devise ways to deal with it.

For more information: Judi Peters, 503-623-8395.

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