Thursday, December 12, 2013
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October 15, 2013
Rural zoning discussion planned
MONMOUTH -- Friends of Polk County will host a discussion on whether we should allow more dwellings in farm and forest zones on Thursday.
The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the conference room at the Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St.
Three counties in Southern Oregon received funding to review possible variations in allowed uses and minimum lot sizes in land zoned for farming and forest use. This pilot program is beginning its second and final year. The outcome could have implications for farm and forest zones throughout the state.
Panelists include: Katherine Daniels, Department of Land Conservation and Development; Shelley Wetherell, Goal One Coalition; and Greg Holmes, Southern Oregon Advocate, 1000 Friends of Oregon.
For more information: Pat Wheeler, 503-838-1436; email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weiss added to Salem Health board
MONMOUTH -- Mark Weiss, president of Western Oregon University, has accepted an appointment to the Salem Health Board of Trustees.
"Mark, having previously served on a hospital board and his background in finance with one of the world's largest companies, brings tremendous skills to the very complex world of health care," said Alan Costic, Salem Health board chairman. "He will also help the board better represent our interests in Polk County and at West Valley Hospital."
The Oregon State Board of Higher Education appointed Weiss president of Western Oregon University effective July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014, after service as interim president during the 2012 academic year. Weiss joined WOU in 2005 as executive vice president, administration and finance, and the university's chief financial officer.
All members of the Salem Health Board of Trustees are volunteers and serve three-year terms.
Joint replacement seminar offered
INDEPENDENCE -- Orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Ryan will lead a free educational seminar on joint replacement Thursday in Independence.
Attendees will learn about joint health in the hips and knees, surgical and nonsurgical options to relieve joint pain, joint replacement and how to get back to being active.
Ryan's joint replacement seminar runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St.
Snacks and beverages will be provided. Registration is required.
To register or for more information: 1-855-873-0647; www.samhealth.org/ortho.