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1/12 News In Brief

*Ivy removal project set for Saturday*Dallas parks now open dawn to dusk*West Salem streets get new signals*Luckiamute habitat to be discussed*County CRB seeking new members

Ivy removal project set for Saturday

MONMOUTH -- The annual ivy pull along a portion of the Middle Fork of Ash Creek will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at 879 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, and then proceed into the woods.

Participants will be trained in ivy removal techniques by the North Coast Land Conservancy staff and are requested to come prepared with boots, rain gear, pruners, gloves, hand saws and loppers. Refreshments will be served after the event.

Ivy is an invasive species in Western Oregon impacting trees and ground-growing vegetation.

For more information: 503-838-2995.

Dallas parks now open dawn to dusk

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas has established uniform hours for all its parks.

A resolution, approved during the Dallas City Council's Jan. 3 meeting, changes the hours in all city parks as "dawn to dusk" each day.

Previously, the hours at parks throughout the city varied and a few parks didn't have posted hours. The resolution was the result of a recommendation from the city's Park and Recreation Board to help create consistency and make it easier for police to patrol and enforce hours in parks.

The Dallas Aquatic Center, which operates on hours often earlier than dawn and later than dusk, is excluded from the ordinance.

West Salem streets

get new signals

WEST SALEM -- The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and city of Salem have installed a new type of left-turn traffic signal at two locations on Wallace Road in West Salem.

The new left-turn signals were activated Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Wallace Road intersections with Oakcrest and Riverbend streets.

The new signals will use a flashing yellow arrow to notify left-turning motorists on the main roadway that they must yield to oncoming traffic before turning.

The new signals were the focus of a nationwide study by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that considered amending the federal standards for left-turn signals. During the study, ODOT determined that flashing yellow arrow signals contributed to a significant decline in crash rates at intersections where they were installed.

Luckiamute habitat to be discussed

KINGS VALLEY -- The Monmouth-based Luckiamute Watershed Council is hosting an informational session to discuss habitat enhancement along the Luckiamute River on Saturday, Jan. 15.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and takes place at the Kings Valley Community Center, located at the corner of Kings Valley Highway and Maxfield Creek Road.

For more information: Wendy Sparks, 503-837-0237; e-mail to wendy@luckiamutelwc.org.

County CRB seeking new members

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Citizen Review Board is in need of volunteers.

Individuals review foster care cases of children, ensuring children and families in the child welfare system get the support and services they need.

Boards usually meet one day a month. Board members receive information on each case before they meet. At the review, they hear from all parties to the child's case. After the board reviews the case, it makes findings and recommendations and sends them to the agencies, the parties, and the court.

Training and support is provided by professional staff of the Oregon Judicial Department.

To apply or for more information: 1-888-530-8999, ext. 8585; e-mail to crb.volunteer.resources@ojd.state.or.us; online at www.ojd.state.or.us/crb.

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