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7/11 News In Brief

*Academy trains 14 new firefighters*Public invited to watershed meeting*Health advisory members sought

Academy trains 14 new firefighters

POLK COUNTY -- Dallas Fire Department and Polk County Fire District No. 1 welcomed 14 new volunteer firefighters late last month.

The recruits were graduates of a joint academy the two agencies ran between January and June, and completed 160 hours of classroom and field training.

The graduates are:

Polk No. 1

-- Jeremy Ainsworth, Mathew Brown, Devin Conklin, Tyler Gibbs, Sabas Gonzalez, Michael Hamilton, Jhani Jackson, Ryan O'Malley and Daniel Russell.

Dallas Fire

-- Max Harvey, Kevin Jamieson, Colin Pierce, Nicki Schmidt and Kyle Wright.

The recruits have at least one year of probation, where they will receive additional on-the-job firefighter and emergency-response training.

Dallas Fire and Polk No. 1 are accepting applications for upcoming fire academies. For more information, call Polk No. 1 Training Chief Neal Olson at 503-838-1510 or Dallas Fire Department Training Chief Josh Darland at 503-623-2338.

Public invited to watershed meeting

PEDEE -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council invites all watershed residents, especially those in the Kings Valley, Pedee and surrounding areas, to attend its Thursday meeting at 7 p.m. at the Pedee Women's Club on Kings Valley Highway.

Peter Guillozet will deliver a presentation covering the council's ongoing enhancement activities, including Japanese knotweed control and other projects. Following Guillozet's presentation, the council will conduct its regular meeting.

The council is a volunteer group that enlists the help of landowners to improve water and land quality for fish, wildlife and people. Work is funded by grants and is planned and directed by local board members.

The council meets each second Thursday of the month. The council's next meeting will be held in Monmouth's Volunteer Hall on Aug. 9.

For more information: 503-837-0237 or e-mail to info@luckiamute.org.

Health advisory members sought

POLK COUNTY -- Individuals interested in improving health care for persons enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) in Polk and Marion counties are welcome to apply for membership in the Community Advisory Council of the new Willamette Valley Community Health.

Willamette Valley Community Health is the coordinated care organization recently approved by the Oregon Health Authority to provide care to Oregon Health Plan patients in Polk and Marion counties.

The role of this new council is to ensure that the health care needs of the consumers and the community are being addressed, to develop recommendations and to provide strategic direction to the governing body of Willamette Valley Community Health.

Applications are available in English, Spanish and Russian at http://www.wvphealthauthority.org/cco/volunteer-opportunities and are due by Monday, July 16. Applicants may also call Katrina Rothenberger at 503-587-5100 or 1-866-318-5375, TTY 503-584-2180.

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