Local news briefs

Jackson County air quality officials have declared a yellow day for wood stove burning beginning at 7 this morning, meaning wood stove use should be curtailed.

The limits on wood stove use come as the National Weather Service has issued an air-stagnation advisory, which means that airborne particulate levels are increasing and unhealthy levels may occur during the air stagnation. The restrictions are likely to continue throughout this week.

On yellow days, certified wood stoves are allowed to be used if there is no visible smoke. Noncertified stoves may not be used. Exemptions are allowed for people with limited incomes or no other means of heating their homes.

Call 541-776-9000 or see www.jacksoncounty.org for the daily wood stove advisory.

The Rev. Tim Moore, who made a trip to Haiti in 2010, will make a presentation about the living conditions in Haiti one year after the earthquake. The talk will be at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 Keeneway Drive, Medford.

He will share plans for building rubble houses out of the huge piles of rubble that fill the streets. Each house is made with a rebar shell, which is filled with broken rubble and covered with a concrete slurry. Using Haitian laborers and Haitian materials, this plan helps people get out of tents and stimulates the economy, as well.

The talk will be preceded by a "south-of-the-border" dinner at 5:30 p.m. and followed at 7:15 by more conversation on the topic.

For dinner reservations, call 541-779-7831. An offering will be taken to build houses in Haiti.

Jackson County Recycling Partnership will offer training for people who want to become master recyclers in the spring. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 4.

The training will focus on waste prevention, recycling, the local solid-waste infrastructure, hazardous-waste avoidance and composting. The course includes a training manual, discussion-based classes, presentations from local and regional experts, and field trips to relevant sites, including the regional landfill, waste-to-energy plant, composting facility and wastewater-treatment plant.

Master Recyclers are required to provide 40 service hours to support and expand local waste-diversion programs and projects. Weekly classes will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 3 through May 12, at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, in Central Point. Applications are available online at www.jcrecycle.org. For more information, call 541-776-7371.

The city of Medford is short on volunteers to serve on five city commissions and committees.

The vacancies have been languishing since early fall, said Winnie Rezendes, city executive support specialist.

Vacancies are available on the Arts Commission, Multicultural Commission, Traffic-Coordinating Committee, Site Plan and Architectural Commission and Water Commission.

Application forms are available in the city manager's office in Room 310 at City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St., and at the city's website at www.ci.medford.or.us. Applications will be taken until positions are filled, Rezendes said. Applicants must be residents of the city.

For more information, call 541-774-2000.

Compiled from staff reports

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