Local Briefs

ASHLAND — Bellview Elementary School, 1070 Tolman Creek Road, will hold a Halloween carnival from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

Game tickets, available at the door, are four for $1. Kids dressed in costume will receive two free game tickets. Activities include games, face painting, a haunted house. Cold Stone Creamery ice cream will be available.

The carnival is open to the public. For more information, visitwww.bellviewpto.org.

Rogue Valley Medical Center has received a $17,903 grant from Kohl's to expand the Be A Fit Kid program in local schools.

Be A Fit Kid with Kohl's is a school-based, noncompetitive, individualized exercise and nutrition education program for children from first through fifth grades. The use of incentives and fun, interactive games are used to motivate and educate children and families.

Initially piloted as an after-school program (2002-2003) for the Ashland and Phoenix/Talent school districts, Be A Fit Kid is now included in several classrooms in Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass, Central Point and Phoenix/Talent.

This program is made possible by a partnership with Healthy Kids Now, Rogue Valley Medical Center, Kohl's Department Store, Southern Oregon University and Southern Oregon school districts.

Over the past four years Kohl's has donated more than $54,000 to support the Be A Fit Kid Program.

The time has arrived for the annual closing of the gates on the western side of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest to prevent the spread of Port Orford cedar root disease.

The recent shift to wet weather conditions has prompted the closures, which typically begin around Oct. 1 and extend through May 31 each year.

On the Gold Beach Ranger District, the Snow Camp Road (Forest Road 1376), a popular back road between Brookings and Gold Beach, is now closed. In addition, Forest Roads 3318-310, 3318-240, 1703-110, 1703-150, 1703-190, 1703-spur and 1107-220 are closed. On the Wild Rivers and Powers ranger districts, numerous Port Orford cedar gate closures are also now in effect.

Port Orford cedar root disease is caused by a fungus that spreads through transportation of infected soil and surface water and root grafts. The closure of roads during the wet season protects healthy Port Orford cedar by limiting access to infected areas and subsequent transportation of pathogen spores to uninfected areas.

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