Local Briefs

Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, and Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, will host a legislative town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford.

The event will allow Rogue Valley residents to share their views on issues pending in the Oregon Legislature.

The town hall will be held in the library's Carpenter Meeting Room.

Local physical therapists David Beaudoin and Jeffrey Garbi will explain the benefits of physical therapy during a free talk at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

They will discuss arthritis, joint replacement and spinal surgeries, and preventive measures that can be taken.

Bring a bag lunch. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. The temple is located at 1800 E. Main St. in Ashland. For more information, call 541-858-8819.

ASHLAND — The Volunteers in Police Service Program (VIPS) is recruiting volunteers to work in the downtown substation. Seniors and college-age students, who will be trained for this position, must pass an in-depth security clearance and agree to wear a uniform.

Call J. Frank d'Entremont, director of Community Services, at 541-482-5211.

The Ashland Family YMCA has received a $7,500 grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation to support its financial assistance program. The YMCA was one of 53 nonprofits from seven counties in southwestern Oregon awarded funds in this year's grant cycle.

YMCA financial assistance is available to children and families in the form of scholarships for Y membership, child care, camping, youth sports, swim instruction, gymnastics and teen leadership programs.

Call 541-482-9622.

MEDFORD — The Oregon Department of State Lands will hold an informal workshop to gather opinions on new administrative rules regarding removal-fill permits. The goal, they say, is to simplify the process for low-impact projects in wetlands and waterways.

The meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave.

The new rules will make it simpler to get removal-fill permits for low-impact projects. Restoring wetlands, stabilizing stream banks, placing pilings and transportation maintenance all would qualify for a new series of "notice-based," general authorizations and permits.

More information is available at www.oregonstatelands.us.

The public may e-mail comments to WWCD_Rule_Comments@dsl.state.or.us, or send written comments to Elizabeth Bolden, Attn: Removal-Fill Rules, Oregon Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301-1279.

The deadline to submit comments is Jan. 31. The new rules are expected to be adopted by March 1.

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