1/11 News in Brief

*Work may cause delays along 99W*Local CASA training begins Friday*Valsetz documentary will be shown*PSWCD seeks committee members*Polk ombudsman volunteers needed*Peer counselors sought for seniors

M-I State of the Cities set Jan. 11

INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce will host the annual "State of the Cities" address Wednesday (today) at Independence Cinema 8, 450 S. Second St.

Featured are presentations by Monmouth Mayor John Oberst and Independence Mayor John McArdle, speaking about the accomplishments and future goals of their respective towns.

The event begins at noon and includes a luncheon catered by Main Street Pub & Eatery. Cost for a meal is $7.50 per person. Attendees must order lunch ahead of time.

For more information: Marilyn Morton, 503-838-4268; e-mail to micc@minetfiber.com.

Work may cause delays along 99W

MONMOUTH -- NW Natural Gas began installation of a five-mile section of gas main pipe along Highway 99W on Monday.

The project will run from the Hoffman Road junction south to Parker Road, then east to Haley Road.

Crews for the utility will be replacing bare steel main pipe with coated steel, which will reinforce existing gas infrastructure, said Melissa Moore of NW Natural Gas.

The installation will continue for up to 12 months.

Motorists along the northbound lanes of Highway 99W should expect intermittent delays and detours during construction, Moore said.

Local CASA training begins Friday

DALLAS -- Training to become a Polk County Court Assisted Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer begins Friday in Dallas.

CASA training takes place every Friday through March 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the first floor commissioner's conference room at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas.

Advocates are community volunteers who are specially trained to understand the juvenile court system and the policies and procedures of the Department of Human Services. Trained advocates work directly with all parties involved to make sure that the best interests of the child are always front and center.

For more information: Chris Olson, Polk County CASA, 503-623-9268; olson.chris@co.polk.or.us.

Valsetz documentary will be shown

POLK COUNTY -- Local residents will have two opportunities to view "The Story of Valsetz," the Ronan Feely-produced documentary, next week.

A showing is scheduled Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Fox Theater, 166 SE Mill St., Dallas. Admission is $5. Another showing is planned Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth.

The documentary shares the story of the Polk County Coast Range company lumber town of Valsetz, its history and its people.

For more information: Fox Theater, 503-623-9346; Monmouth Senior Center, 503-838-5678.

PSWCD seeks committee members

POLK COUNTY -- Polk Soil and Water Conservation District has two open positions on the Polk SWCD budget committee.

These volunteer appointments are for three-year terms. Applicants must be registered voters of Polk County. The committee meets two evenings in the spring of each year.

For more information and an application: Visit the Polk SWCD office at 580 Main St., Suite A, Dallas; or contact Debbie Miller at 503-623-9680.

Polk ombudsman volunteers needed

POLK COUNTY -- Applications are being accepted through Friday for three openings for certified ombudsman volunteers in Polk County.

Ombudsmen advocate for the rights of senior citizens who are living in long term care facilities.

There are five days of training involved in this volunteer position. Certified ombudsman volunteers are appointed by the state ombudsman and are trained to educate, investigate and advocate and learn to be a problem solver. Besides the initial training, volunteers attend monthly support group meetings and receive additional training on a regular basis.

Training to become a certified ombudsman volunteer begins Jan. 24 in Salem.

For more information: Gretchen Jordan, 1-800-522-2602; www.oregon.gov/LTCO.

Peer counselors sought for seniors

POLK COUNTY -- Application deadline is Monday for individuals interested in becoming volunteer senior peer counselors.

Volunteers help provide free, confidential, supportive mentoring to older adults experiencing depression, loneliness, grief and changes in physical health.

Volunteers must be 45 or older and commit to a maximum of 10 to 12 hours per month for client contact and supervision. All mileage is reimbursed.

A training program will be offered Jan. 23-25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Salem.

For qualifications, applications or more information: Jeff Lukehart, 503-304-3414; e-mail to jeff.lukehart@nwsds.org.


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